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I'm new and used Styrofoam egg cartons to start some seeds. I had a good turn out however when I transplanted into yogurt cups they were very wet even though each cup had a slit in it. Is this a possible issue? Is this a benefit? Do I adjust watering? Do I make an actual hole? Should I just start in yogurt cups and nix the egg cartons? I'm Learning so all suggestions welcome. Ty
 
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Hi Rebecca!

So very wet and saturated soils could be problematic especially if they stay that way a long time. I would hold off on watering until things dry out a bit. A hole on the bottom of the egg carton cavities and also a few holes in the bottom of the yogurt cups will drain better than slits and help resolve any water logged soil. I think you certainly could skip the egg cartons and start directly on yogurt cups if you wanted to. Hope this helps and good luck!
 
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James i think I will do alot more of the cups and make holes instead. Ty
 
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I’ve found that the styrofoam cartons aren’t really big enough after a week or so, though I’ve successfully used the paper cartons to get a jump start on peas as the carton can be cut apart and planted directly in the ground.  Yogurt cups and pudding cups are great!  I usually stack about four together and drill drainage holes in the bottom.  

 
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I've ordered some 2" hydroponic cups to start seeds in.
I saw video by Larry Hall( I think) where he uses 3" cups, with great outcomes.
He really insists that 2" cups are too small,  but I'm just too cheap to not try.
I plan on putting them in a tub and adding potting soil in and all around each cup.
About an inch from the bottom of tub,  I'll drill over flow holes.
A very short length of hose will be a fill tube
After soaking the soil I'll sow seeds in each cup.
The idea is to have a way to evenly water the seedlings from below, plus the roots won't circle and get bound up,  because they can easily escape the net cups.

I have an idea for making seedling cups from nylon screen, to bring down costs,  but that it's pretty far from realization.
 
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I like the hydro cups in theory because of allowing for the roots to be able to grow past the pot. Seems like a nice idea
 
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