Orange Peel Seed Starter

Easy DIY Orange Peel Seed Starter

You don’t need fancy equipment to get your seeds started indoors. In fact, you can use one of the most common kitchen scraps to “get growing.” Take a peek below at how you can make your own orange peel seed starter and get your seeds growing in no time. It is the perfect way to reduce, reuse, and recycle while getting your garden ready at the same time. Take a look!

Orange Peel Seed Starter

Here is what you will need:

  • 1 orange
  • Soil
  • Seeds of choice
  • Water
  • Pencil
  • Spoon

As you can see, these are common items found in most every home. Anyone can try this easy project!

Easy DIY Orange Peel Seed Starter


  1. Begin by cutting your orange in half. Take the spoon and gently clean out the inside of the fruit. When we create these seed starters, we either cut out the inside for fruit salad, or juice the orange and then remove the inside skin that remains. This way, none of the fruit if being wasted.
  2. Rinse out the inside of the peel and dry it well.
  3. Poke a hole in the bottom of the peel for drainage. To do this, use a pencil and simple poke it through the skin.
  4. You can now fill your peel with soil. Make sure it is rich soil as new seeds need lots of nutrients.
  5. Press your finger into the soil and add your seed. Cover it back up gently.
  6. Sprinkle the seed starter with a little water and place it on a dish to catch drips. Watch your seed starter as the seedling emerge.

Once your seedling begins to divide or is a good 1 inch tall, you will need to transplant it. You can plant the entire seed started directly in the ground if you wish as the peel will decompose.

Easy DIY Orange Peel Seed Starter

Give this orange peel seed starter a try and get your garden off to a great start for less!


  1. Oh my gosh, this is soooo cute!! I love this! Donna, how adorable, I want to try this with my boys!

  2. OH wow, what a simple and neat project! Love this.

  3. I am so in love with this, Donna! I think this may be one of my most favorite things ever! It is just SO cute! What a great activity to get the kiddos involved too. I love it! Great job girl!

  4. How cute is this. It seems like a good project for kids.

  5. What an awesome idea and a great way to use oranges.

  6. What a neat idea! I wouldn’t have thought to use an orange peel as a seed starter.

  7. This looks like a great summer project and a lot of fun too!

  8. What a great idea! I love this. I’ll remember it for next year.

  9. What a novel idea! I wonder if those gro-able pods would work in this?!

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