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seed sowing multi-cell trays

Whenever I use the multi-cell seed tray inserts, I never find it easy to get the seedlings out - I water the tray, loosen the individual sides, but still they don't easily come out.  Does anyone have any tips? Does anyone know where you can buy (expanded) polystyrene multi-cell trays? I used these years ago and they had a separate base unit with prongs to push out the seedlings?  Thanks for your help. 


  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 33,184

    try using 2 kitchen knives , one pushed down each side of the cell, to ease them out.

  • Singing GardenerSinging Gardener EssexPosts: 1,213

    I use a the flat end of a short bamboo cane to push mine out. It works fine so long as they're not too wet.

  • ricardricard Posts: 4

    Thanks to Hostafan1 and Singing Gardner.  I'll try your tips.

  • hi ricard the thing I use is 2 odd tea spoons just slide down side and lift out  works every time for me you can either use spoon end or the other end  both work

  • treehugger80treehugger80 Posts: 1,923

    an old kitchen fork with the outside prongs bent out of the way so there are only the middle two left. works well for me

  • ricardricard Posts: 4

    Thanks Michael mpc & treehugger80.  I'll try your helpful suggestions.

  • ricardricard Posts: 4

    I've now got several helpful suggestions and don't need any more.  Many thanks.

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