How to Start Seeds with Eggshells

Starting seeds in eggshells is easy to do and, because eggshells are biodegradable, you can transplant them directly into the ground.


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You Will Need

  • A knife
  • Eggs
  • A pin or needle
  • An egg carton
  • A small spoon
  • Potting soil
  • Seeds
  • A spray bottle
  • Sunlight
  • Scissors (optional)


  1. Step 1

    Use knife

    Use the tip of a knife to chip off the top of an egg. Discard the egg or cook it.

  2. Step 2

    Pierce egg

    Gently rinse the shell. Use a pin or a needle to pierce the bottom of the shell creating a drainage hole.

  3. Step 3

    Place in carton

    Place the eggshell in an egg carton. Use a small spoon to fill the eggshell with potting soil.

  4. Use scissors to cut off the top of the egg carton so it does not get in the way.

  5. Step 4

    Drop seeds

    Plant two or three seeds in the dirt. Follow the directions on the seed package for proper planting depth.

  6. Step 5


    Water the plant by removing the shell from the carton and using a spray bottle to mist it.

  7. Step 6

    Watch grow

    Place the egg carton by a sunny window and watch it grow.

  8. Brown eggs are more expensive than white eggs because hens that produce brown eggs are larger and require more food.