Pod (aka sponges)

Park Seeds sells some pods - Refill Sponges for the Original 60-cell Planting Block.  Does anyone know if these will work in the AG?  I hate to think of paying for more seed pods!  Especially pods that I don't want/will use.

Thanks!

TLC

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Very cool, td_scott! Could

Very cool, td_scott! Could you give link & size for the Perfect Starts? I remember looking at those before and not being sure what size was the right size for the AG pods.

100% germination is nice!

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I just started some bee balm

I just started some bee balm in my Aerogarden 3-pod using a Perfect Start.   It fit without any adjusts.

Two weeks ago I started 4 tomatoes in them for transplant into a DIY system.  100% germination!

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FWIW, I've had some

FWIW, I've had some experience now using those 40-cell sponges - pretty poor results. Lot of failed germination and damp-off, in the AG's and just set in a paper cup. I think they don't breathe like the Park Starts inserts do, perhaps - too soggy.

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Size shown upstream, cost was

Size shown upstream, cost was $16.95 + shipping for 80. The thinner sponges (for narrower AG pod baskets) are cheaper - $10 for 108, I think. But much handier to buy the Park Starts block, pack of 3, to start off, if they have it in stock.

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I mean size wise & cost?    

I mean size wise & cost?

 

 

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Sorry, Judith, can't tell

Sorry, Judith, can't tell that from one failed pod.

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Thanks for the info Gisette. 

Thanks for the info Gisette.  This is the sort of thing that's good to know.  How do they compare to aerofalls?

 

 

 

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FWIW, the first seeds I

FWIW, the first seeds I started in a 40-cell sponge, failed. It seems most likely that there was something wrong with my pro100 water - I cleaned the whole system today, with bleach (plants in a bowl of water). But also, I think I should have trimmed the sides of the sponge instead of ramming it in. It compacts, yes, but it's tougher for the seedling to fight its way through the compacted stuff.

Knock on wood, it should be a while before I have anything else to start in the 7-podders, to give this a second try.

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Sorry for the delay - my Park

Sorry for the delay - my Park Seed 40-cell planting block replacement sponges got back-ordered, but they finally arrived.

Size comparison, 3 AG basket types, 40-cell planting block refill sponges, Park Starts refill sponge. 

They are definitely too big. But - I simply cut the bottom off and used that to plant my latest AG pepper. Not sure what I'm going to do with the top halves. But lopped, they're a way better fit than the narrow Park Starts sponges for the 7-pod baskets, and certainly cheaper than the AG sponges.

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Peat and Gisette: Thanks for

Peat and Gisette:

Thanks for the welcome and conformations that the park sponges will work!  All pods planted less than two weeks ago (herbs) have sprouted and look good.  I'll keep you posted!