Eggshell Seed Starting

45 Minutes

Last year we had great luck starting tomato and pepper seeds inside eggs. This year we've added reusable crates, eggplants and a twist: color. A little organic food coloring and the simple act of planting seeds goes a long way to chase away the winter doldrums. Here's how we did it in four easy steps.
Our first planted seedlings of 2014 nest comfortably on the radiator.
Peppers n' Eggs from 2013. Hoping to achieve the same great results this year.
Step 1. Prep the eggs. Pop the tops, empty and rinse them thoroughly.
Step 2. Bathe and tint the shells in hot water spiked with organic food coloring.
Brown vs white eggs account for the difference in shades.
Step 3. Spoon in your soil or growing media.
Step 4. Plant seeds near the very top, cover gently and water.

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3 of 5 questions
  • Carol
    on Feb 16, 2017

    Why can't you just crack an egg in half, that way you have 2 to start seeds, plus it's easier to take the eggs out of the shells. There would still be enough room for the soil right?

    • Margaret Rabbetts
      on Feb 17, 2017

      you need depth to allow the roots to grow, half of the egg shell would not give any room for the roots to gain strength .

  • Debbie Martinsen
    on Aug 8, 2017

    Did you plant the eggshell in the ground with the plant when you transplanted it or did you break the plant out of the egg first?
  • Stephanie
    on Jul 14, 2019

    Where did you get the containers from?

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  • Lou
    on Oct 12, 2016

    I used to do this for my kids' teachers at Easter. We put flower seeds in the eggshells and used little baskets lined with Easter grass. The teachers loved them.

  • Marilyn
    on Mar 11, 2019

    I love this idea! Wish I'd thought of it when my kids were young; they would have loved it, too! I would love to try it.

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