How to Set Up a Container for a Plant Nursery


Starting a plant nursery in a container is a great way to grow your own plants from seeds and save money while you are at it. Setting up a container for a plant nursery involves choosing the right seed starting mixture and how to keep the humidity high so the plants can grow well. While you can spend money on items, like plastic domes, you can also use items around your house, like plastic wrap and toothpicks, to get the same results.

Step 1

Choose a seed starting mix, either a seed soil potting mix or a soilless seed potting mix. Both will retain moisture and help seeds grow, so it depends on your preferences.

Step 2

Fill the container with the potting mix.

Step 3

Water the potting mix until it's damp.

Step 4

Plant your seeds in the container plant nursery.

Step 5

Place toothpicks in the soil so they stand up straight. Drape the plastic wrap over the toothpicks so it completely covers the container. Poke five to 10 small holes in the plastic wrap once it is stretched over the container.

Step 6

Place the container plant nursery under the fluorescent lights or outside in the sun.

Tips and Warnings

  • The soil based potting mixtures may have weed seeds or other types of seed mixed in the soil, so be careful.

Things You'll Need

  • Potting mix
  • Plastic wrap
  • Toothpicks
  • Fluorescent lights


  • Renee's Garden: Starting Seeds Indoors

Who Can Help

  • North Dakota State University: How to Succeed at Seed Starting
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About this Author

Hollan Johnson is a freelance writer for many online publications including Garden Guides and eHow. She is also a contributing editor for Brighthub. She has been writing freelance for over a year and her focus' are travel, gardening, sewing, and Mac computers. Prior to freelance writing, Hollan taught English in Japan. She has a B.A. in linguistics from the University of Las Vegas, Nevada.