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Starting Seeds in Eggshells


A selection of seeds you've sown in eggshells makes a delightful Easter gift for a friend of family member. What's more, the process is simple, and when the time comes to transplant them, the shells can be placed in a larger pot or directly into the ground, as they're biodegradable.

Use scissors or the tip of a knife to crack off the top of an egg. Empty out the egg (you can reserve the white and yolk for cooking), and create a drainage hole in the bottom by piercing it with a pin or needle. Set the eggshell in a carton, and use a spoon to fill it with a seed-starting mix. Use one or two seeds per shell, and follow the instructions on the seed package for proper planting depth (the general rule is to plant three times deeper than the size of the seed); Martha uses zinnias, nasturtium, and French marigolds. If you germinate two seeds, you can pinch out the less-healthy one after they begin to grow. To water, remove the shells from the carton, and mist, letting any water drain into a bowl. Place the tray in a sunny window.

Reviews (3)

  • mattienemmy 25 Mar, 2009

    Great fun idea. I'm going to start rye grass in dyed egg shells for my Easter table.

  • purplekaren 10 Jul, 2008

    I think this is just a great idea. You can save seeds from your garden this year and it will cost next to nothing to make gifts for all your friends, family, TEACHERS , neighbors The list could go on and on.

  • Hubendog 28 Feb, 2008

    I think this is great! I am going to start Morning glories in the eggshells and place them back into the carton, tie them up with some easter ribbon and give them to my family as Easter gifts. Actually I think an assortment of early spring seeds would be nicer. Then they will have to wait and be surprised to see what kind of flower appears.