Rated 3.9 out of 5 by 27
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Disappointed A Joke
This product is a joke. First, when I opened the kit, it was missing three pellets. Of the remaining pellets, the sizes ranged from 1/4 inch to 3/4 inch. After following the directions and watering the pellets, I wound up with barrel shaped wet pellets. Nothing was said about breaking the pellets up so the seeds could be planted in them. After I finished planting the seeds, I went to put the clear plastic top over the plants but found out it wouldn't fit because the plant tray was too wide. I trimmed the edges and found out it still wouldn't fit because the setup up was too tall. You don't have a contained system as the literature would lead you to believe. Save your money and buy individual peat moss pots and a small bag of potting soil. You will come out ahead.
September 7, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by brandonkn Another excellent Burpee product!
I have always used Burpee seeds with other various seed starting products. But this 72 pod, self watering greenhouse is amazing. Not having to worry about the moisture levels and having seedlings pop up within 4-5 days was awesome! I highly recommend this product. The directions are simple to follow, and if you do as they say - there shouldn't be any issues.
(Note: some of the pods appear empty, and I want to state that is because I seeded herbs after beginning other vegetables. It is NOT a malfunction of the product.)
April 22, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Jaygib9 Works well
I had to cut the excess plastic from around the seedling cells as the top wouldn't fit as it was. I now have 2 of these on 3QMart heat pads. In the first one, I have 5 varieties of pepper seeds planted. Of the 21 Carolina Reaper seeds, 18 sprouted in short order. My Douglah 7 Pot Chocolate peppers have yet to have a single sprout, but I'm not sure if they just take longer to germinate, or if the seeds I got weren't viable. This product works perfectly. The 18 sprouts were transplanted, and I've planted more seeds where they were. That and the 2nd kit were just set up last night, can't wait for more pepper sprouts.
July 23, 2015
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by BigHefty My excitement was quickly diminished
I bought this to start my garden from seed this year. The system is quite flimsy and you have to be very careful moving it once you add water. Granted, the instructions say to be careful but I would expect something a little more sturdy. I don't yet know if the watering pads will work but my biggest issue is with the expandable soil pellets. Basically, they just don't expand as they are supposed to. I would say about 95% of mine I had to break apart manually. I even submerged the whole tray under water with the hope that the pellets would expand and then I could let them drain for a bit. Nope, didn't work.
Too bad... I was really hoping this would work as advertised. I'll be contacting Burpee to use their satisfaction guarantee.
March 22, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Jill Perfect Seed Starter Kit
This is a great product. I am using it with a grow light and seedling heat mat to expedite seed germination. It's very easy to use - just water the little pods and the soil expands into each cell. The self watering mat is great - I'm not having to water my seedlings more than once a week. The lid doesn't have a tight seal or fit, but the moisture is staying in the greenhouse just fine because I can see the condensation buildup. 70/72 cells have sprouted beautiful seedlings. It's not super durable, but I think I should be able to clean it out and use it again.
March 25, 2013
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by BT52 Disappointed
I planted my seeds and by the second day the plastic tray was shriveled and my seeds had fallen out of the tray. I didn't read anywhere where it said it could not withstand heat.
June 9, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by WGardener Very poor quality control
I bought three 72-cell kits and followed directions carefully. In one kit, the growing pellets remained hard and did not expand more than 1/4 to 1/3 of the expected size, and after one week, the tops of many of the pellets were dry, yet water was sloshing in the bottom tray. In the other two trays, the pellets expanded to varying sizes -- some to about half of the cell, other overflowed the cube. I had to reapportion the amount of grow mix in quite a few of the cells. With $19.95 spent on each of the kits plus the money and time spent on seeds and planting, I feel as if I've wasted both time and money. I had expected better from a Burpee product!
March 8, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by cari7316 This product really works
I was concerned because I had put off planting seeds and did not know if they would take a long time to germinate. I prepared the kit on Saturday night and had results by Monday afternoon when I came home from work. I have used similar systems before, but I have never gotten results this quick with so little work before. I really does water itself. I can leave it for a couple of days inside and not have to worry about the water level.
January 14, 2014