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Epic 16-Cell Seed Starting Trays

Epic 16-Cell Seed Starting Trays

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Epic 16-Cell Trays are rigid, yet flexible and practically unbreakable to last the rest of your life.

Proudly made in the USA from recycled, UV-treated, and BPA-free.

Engineered for Perfect Plant Growth

Each individual cell in our Epic 16-Cell Trays features 4 internal ribs to prevent root spiraling.  The bottoms of each cell are also open providing air pruning at the lower end of each cell.  

Convenient and Flexible

8 Epic 16-Cell Trays are designed to fit into a standard 1020 nursery tray, mimicking a classic 128-cell tray. They are also compatible with our Epic 4-Cell Humidity Domes.

This design gives you the convenience of having all of your seedlings in one tray. At the same time, you can easily remove a single Epic 16-Cell Tray at a time as seedlings mature, without having to prick out individual seedlings like you would with a standard cell insert tray.

These trays are perfect for starting seedlings without taking up a lot of nursery space. They’re crafted specifically for sowing green onions, herbs, greens, tomatoes, peppers, and brassicas.

Designed With The Gardener in Mind

Large, convenient finger holes in the bottom of each cell make it easy to remove seedlings when you're ready to transplant. No more using a knife or tool to remove your plants; simply push the seedling out with your finger.


How To Bottom Water Seed Starts in 5 Easy Steps


  • Weight: 100g
  • Volume: 1.3 cubic inches per cell.
  • BPA-free, UV-treated
  • Made from recycled materials
  • Made in the USA






Outside tray dimensions




Individual cell dimensions

1 1/16"

1 1/16"




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Outside tray dimensions




Individual cell dimensions




How to use?

How To Use Epic Starter Cells

  1. Fill your Epic Starter Cells with a seed-starting mix, and add just enough water to moisten the soil, but not waterlog it.
  2. Dig a small hole with your finger, a pencil, or a chopstick. Ensure the hole depth is not more than 3x the width of the seed.
  3. Drop your seeds in and lightly cover them with starting mix.
  4. Add a light misting of water from a spray bottle, or just enough to moisten the seeds.
  5. If you have some plastic wrap handy, loosely drape it over the top of the pot to promote high humidity conditions that seeds love. Poke 3-5 holes in the top of the plastic wrap for ventilation. Or use a specialized dome cover.
  6. Place your cells on a sunny windowsill or under a grow light, and keep the soil moist as the seeds begin to germinate. Once sprouts come up, remove the plastic wrap or dome cover.
  7. Keep the healthiest seedling and remove extras with a pair of scissors, being careful not to damage the healthy seedling.
  8. Continue to keep the soil moist as your plant grows. When it’s 3 to 4 inches tall, easily pop out your starts and transplant them in the garden.

Cleaning Your Epic Starter Cells

We recommend hand-washing with hot, soapy water as the best way to keep the material in good shape for years of use. A good dish detergent should sterilize the trays enough to protect seedlings.

For additional information, check out some of our in-depth blog content:

Seed Starting Supplies and Equipment

Starting Seeds Indoors

Seed Starting Mix

Best Seed Starting Mix

Seeds Not Germinating

How To Transplant Seedlings

Why Epic loves it

This tray is an Epic Exclusive, designed and made by the Epic Gardening Team. With this tray, growers have the space-saving power of a classic 128-cell tray, and the convenience of modularity, as you can remove each tray as needed. This extremely durable, injection-molded tray will also last for a very long time. 


Q: How long do Epic Seed Starting Trays last?

A: Epic Trays are rigid, yet flexible. They’re practically unbreakable and should last you a lifetime.

Q: Will the soil fall out of the tray?

A: As long as your mix is formulated properly, it won’t fall out. Each individual cell in our Epic Trays features an air pruning side slot on all four corners to discourage root circling and encourage better root growth.  The bottoms of each cell are also open providing air pruning at the lower end of each cell.

Q: When should I transplant my seedlings?

A: Move your seedlings into larger containers, or into the garden after they’ve germinated and spent 2 to 3 weeks in the 16-cell tray.

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