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The trend in recent years continues to move more and more towards sustainability and environmental friendliness, with more and more people also producing their own produce and food. Growing pots offer a helpful method for this, as plants, seeds and seedlings can be planted easily and quickly. Depending on their shape and size, they are usually very space-saving and in a set of several small, connected pots, different seeds can be planted at the same time.

Nowadays, seed pots are not only made of plastic, but also of environmentally friendly, biodegradable materials. Growing pots made of egg cartons are also becoming increasingly popular. For our product comparison, we have compared different varieties of seed trays and worked out the essential aspects.




Summary

  • In contrast to ordinary plant pots, propagation pots are more space-saving to set up, especially if you buy them in a set, and they are also easier to maintain.
  • Important buying criteria are the size, shape and material of the growing pot, as well as its suitability for indoor / outdoor use.
  • There are different types of seed pots, depending on the material. A distinction is made between growing pots made of plastic, cardboard / paper or other environmentally friendly materials.

The Best Grow Pots: Our Choices

Buying and evaluation criteria for grow pots

In order to find the most suitable growing pot for you, we have worked out some buying criteria that you should consider when buying. These criteria help you to better compare the individual products with each other so that you can make an objective decision.

The criteria that you can use to compare seed pots with each other are:

The following sections will look at the individual buying criteria in more detail.

Size

The size of a propagator is one of the most important criteria you should consider when buying a propagator. Depending on the type of plant, the size of the propagator must be adapted to the size of the plant or the seeds in order to achieve the best possible results later.

You should also consider in advance how much space you have available. If you have a lot of space, large seed pots are suitable for growing several seeds at the same time; if you have little space, you should use smaller seed pots to save space. Small seed pots have the advantage that they can also be placed in unused or hidden corners or, for example, free spaces on the shelf.

Material

Grow pots can be bought in different designs. They differ not only in the size of the pots, but also in their material. There are, for example, propagators made of plastic, peat, hemp fibre, cellulose or other biodegradable materials.

When choosing the right material, the stability and the type of plant or seed are the most important factors. Grow pots made of plastic or peat are usually more robust than grow pots made of hemp fibres or other biodegradable materials. On the other hand, biological materials are more environmentally friendly and easy to recycle.

Shape

The shape of the seed pots is also an important criterion. This often depends on the type of plant or seed to be grown. The shape is also closely related to the size of the propagator.

Small grow pots are usually sold as a set and as square, connected grow pots. Large seed pots, on the other hand, are either round or square and are more suitable for growing, depending on the type of plant or seed.

Suitability for Indoor / Outdoor

The suitability for indoor or outdoor use is important when choosing the right propagator. Not all seed pots are suitable for indoor or outdoor use, so you should know in advance whether you need seed pots for outdoors or indoors.

In the meantime, however, many propagators are already manufactured in such a way that they can be used both outdoors and indoors. Nevertheless, when buying, you should make sure that this is also the case with the selected propagator.

Guide: Frequently asked questions about grow pots answered in detail

In the following, we would like to answer the most important questions on the subject of seed pots in order to give you a better insight into the subject.

What is a grow pot?

Cultivation pots are containers that are used for growing plants or seeds. Plants or seeds can be placed directly in the seed pot or planted as young plants in the seed pot.

The decisive difference between a seed pot and an ordinary pot is that seed pots take up less space and are easier to care for.

What types of grow pots are there?

Due to the different materials from which seed pots are made, there are three different types of seed pots:

Egg cartons as grow pots

Egg cartons are an environmentally friendly alternative to plastic pots. They are compostable and also permeable to water, so that waterlogging can hardly occur.

The more the plants or seeds grow in the egg carton seed pot, the more the roots break through the bottom of the egg carton. This dissolves over time and provides important nutrients for the plants or seeds.

Plastic grow pots

Plastic seed trays are either round or square, whereby the square version is usually more space-saving because it can often be bought as a set of connected square pots.

Plastic propagation pots are particularly stable. In smaller form, they are usually available in sets of many square, connected pots, so that different seedlings can be planted at the same time. (Image source: Chu Tai / unsplash.com)

Plastic seed pots have holes in the bottom to prevent waterlogging and are very stable so that they can be reused without any problems.

Cardboard / paper pots

Grow pots made of cardboard / paper are, similar to those made of egg cartons, environmentally friendly and water-permeable. However, they offer more volume than egg cartons, so the plants or seeds can stay in the seed pot longer.

The roots of the seedlings also penetrate the bottom of the cardboard/paper and can be transplanted into the soil when transplanting into an ordinary pot.

What does a grow pot cost?

The price of a propagator is mainly determined by the material and the size of the pot. The prices are usually in the low to medium price range. The following table should give you an overview.

Price range Available products
Low-priced (8 - 12 €) Mostly propagators made of biodegradable materials or plastic, often as a set of connected, small pots
Medium-priced (12 - 18 €) Often propagators made of cardboard in sets of 20 - 100 pieces, as well as small to medium-sized propagators made of plastic
Medium-priced (18 - 25 €) Usually propagators made of cardboard in large quantities of 100 pieces or more, as well as medium-sized propagators made of plastic
High-priced (25 € or more) Medium-sized to large propagators made of plastic, these are sometimes available as sets or with coasters

Our ranking shows that propagators in the low to medium price range are already available in high quality and are made of biodegradable materials as well as plastic.

Conclusion

To create new plants, seeds or seedlings in the best possible way, growing pots are a helpful method. They offer enough space for your plants or seeds and do not take up too much room at home, so they can be placed well in hidden or unused corners. Plus, the new plants in grow pots are easy to care for, so you'll see results quickly.

When buying propagation pots, you should pay particular attention to the size, shape and material of the propagation pot. The suitability for indoor or outdoor use is also an important criterion when buying propagation pots. Suitable seed pots, which are made of environmentally friendly materials as well as plastic, are already available in a low and medium price range, as we have shown in our overview.

(Cover photo: Markus Spiske / unsplash)

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