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Recommended for deep-rooted varieties like tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants!
This Burpee-innovated seed starting kit has everything you need to grow even the largest of seedlings. Extra-large cells measure 2.25" (w) x 2.25" (l) x 2" (h), and encourage your plants to develop big, strong root systems and minimize transplant shock, giving you healthier plants. This kit’s self-watering system allows for easy care and accelerated plant growth.
This kit measure 10”(w) x 20”(l) and includes:
2 16-cell planting trays
2 plant stands
1 watering tray
32 Super Growing Pellets ™
1 self watering mat
1 dome lid
6 Burpee plant markers
US Design Patent No. D495,621
Expert Tip: Place Super Growing Pellets flat-side down, and add warm water slowly for maximum expansion.
Recommended for use with 9" x 19.5" Seedlings Heat Mat
32 XL Cell Self-Watering Ultimate Growing System is rated
3.6 out of
Rated 2 out of
Jimmy McShinneronsonberg from
Excellent results a few years ago, but...I bought these again because the ease of using them was always nice. I had very few plants fail to grow to transplantable size and did the same old routine with them. Yeah, breaking up the pellets is needed, it was before, too. Just poke it with a pencil or similar, it isn't a huge effort.
My problem was that this year for seemingly no reason, the plants all kept dying off. They'd grow to a certain height, and as first true leaves formed the stem would sort of shrink at the bottom and then collapse. Not saveable. I tried again and adjusted the water content. No dice, same thing. Of 36 starts (mostly various hot pepper varieties and about 25% tomatoes), I got 3 viable plants which are doing good outside, and two of those looked like they wouldn't make it either. When I removed them from the trays, I spotted the problem. They were getting root rot. I don't know if the composition of the watering mat has changed or what, but they'd been pulling in too much water and neither of the things I was growing would tolerate that. I didn't change my watering source or procedure from before.
My other gripe about them was that they used to include a packet of mild fertilizer to be applied after first leaves appeared... this was mysteriously absent. Not a big deal, but it was nice to have the all-in-one thing and not go hunting around for it. Next year I'll be doing my own mix. Was a great product in the past. Sorry Burpee. (The peppers that did well were Ristra Cayenne and Jungle Parrot so no complaints on the seeds. Those have always been great quality and often last years after they should have expired). Some tomato seeds that were sown outside since there were no viable starts indoors and planted too late for our season are fruiting nicely and not too far behind the store-bought greenhouse plants.
Date published: 2018-08-01
Rated 4 out of
Good ProductI have about 10 of these now and they help out a bunch if you can't monitor multiple times a day for weeks. After reading some of the reviews, let me say this. I don't use the expanding soil pucks. They are a pain. I recommend throwing them out and using seed starting mix from a bag. You can dump it on and spread by hand very quickly. You have to keep a fan on these as the soil stays constantly moist and will grow mold with no air circulation. You're buying this product for the mat that absorbs the water from the tray and through capillary action waters the plant from the bottom and this feature works well. It will last about a week between waterings. Burpee would be better off offering this product paired with a bag of seed starting mix.
Date published: 2018-07-14
Rated 5 out of
simplifies startersthe best feature is the water absorbing matte under the expanding pellets. It helps you keep just enough water in the pellets and keeps a supply of water in the tray. I started chiles after soaking the seeds in water and had great luck.
Date published: 2018-05-17
Rated 1 out of
THIS is your "easiest" system?!The pellets did not expand upon 3 attempts. I followed written instructions exactly and watched the Burpee video. I eventually had to dig each one out from its tiny hole to soak it and break it up with my hands. It made a MESS! I wasted so much soil I had to go out and buy more potting soil.
Date published: 2018-04-27
Rated 1 out of
Nothing grows!I bought this from Home Depot and absolutely regret buying it. I've had it for a little over a month and it's sprouted about three plants, but they all wilted right away. It's even growing mold. Not a happy customer. Will not buy this brand again.
Date published: 2018-04-20
Rated 1 out of
Sunny 48 from
Poor qualityI bought this product from Home Depot and I'm very disappointed in the quality. The seed cells were a mess! They were all different sizes and some had too much fill and others had not enough. It took me 2 hours to fix the problem. Also the tray is incredibly flimsy and not easy to move. Burpee, you can do much better than this!
Date published: 2018-04-16
Rated 3 out of
Jeff In Boston from
Pellets are too much workPellets are a nightmare to get to expand consistently. And yes,I followed the directions perfectly. In some cells, I decided to just use dirt and that worked fine. Easier to transplant that way anyway. Pellet-based growing medium is too flimsy and falls apart. Rest of the unit is well designed. Doesn’t seem compatible with a heat mat though.
Date published: 2018-04-15
Rated 3 out of
The pellets for this years Ultimate growing seasonI have been using the Burpee 32XL Cell Self-Watering Ultimate Growing System for many years. I have considered it the best way to start my vegetables. I was shocked this year when I tried to soak the pellets. They are far inferior to the ones from past years. I am an experienced gardener and used very hot water to soak them. I finally just pulled them all apart with my fingers. Fortunately, I purchased some of the pellets a few years ago and topped my seeds with them. They worked just fine and had great expansion. Burpee please go back to your old pellets. The current ones I purchased where no good!