Ice cream cone planter

How To Start Seeds In Ice Cream Cones – Tips For Planting In An Ice Cream Cone

If you are going to have a garden, big or small, you need to either buy starts or if you’re cheap like me, start your own seeds. There are numerous ways to start your own seeds, some of them more economical than others. One of the best ways to start seeds is in a biodegradable container. No waste and no extra time or monkey business trying to get the tiny seedlings from pot to garden plot. A super cool idea that is running amok on the internet is using ice cream cone plant pots. Intrigued? Keep reading to find out how to start seeds in ice cream cones.

How to Start Seeds in Ice Cream Cones

Okay, I love this idea, in theory. I admit, I have visions of disaster, namely that the ice cream cone plant pots will degrade or even mold before I get seedlings. But, I’m getting ahead of myself. Ice cream cone seed starting is simplicity itself. On top of that, ice cream cone seed starting is a fun and educational project for the kids or the young at heart!

You only need three items for your ice cream cone seedling project: soil, ice cream cones, and seeds. Use a good quality potting soil. As to what type of ice cream cone to use? The basic, can be bought in bulk, flat bottomed variety.

When planting in an ice cream cone, fill the ice cream cone with potting soil, press your seed in and lightly cover, then water. Apparently, after a few days (or up to a week depending on the type of seed), you should see seedlings. This is where my pessimistic nature comes into play. Also, in full disclosure, my editor said she tried this and only got mushy ice cream cones filled with dirt.

Think about it people. If you left ice cream in a cone for a while, the cone would get mushy and fall to bits, right? Now envision damp potting soil inside the cone. I’d say you would get the same results.

But don’t knock it until you’ve tried it. After all, I’ve seen the pictures on Pinterest of success stories by people planting seeds in an ice cream cone. Anyway, if indeed you get seedlings in your cones, simply dig a hole in the garden and plant the whole kit and caboodle in the soil. The cone will biodegrade.

On another note, if this doesn’t work for you and you bought the bulk pack of ice cream cones, I have an idea of how to use them up. A cute spring party favor or place table setting would be to pot a pansy, marigold or the like. Guests can take them away when they leave. What they do with the cone thereafter is their business, though I would recommend planting them, cone and all, in the garden or another container. Of course, you can just dispense with the whole idea of planting in an ice cream cone, buy a few gallons of ice cream and have your own ice cream party!

Pinterest Fail – Planting Seeds in Ice Cream Cones

I pretty much have a black thumb. I wish that I loved plants and getting all dirty and making them grow, because I love the way that plants and flowers look, but I have very little interest in getting them into a full grown state and maintaining them. That lack of interest means I often forget about them which causes them, of course, to die.

In a case of opposites attract, Jason loves plants and planting and gardening and making things grow. Which is great, as long as I can sit in the air conditioning all clean while he’s outside in the heat getting dirty. So when he mentioned a few weeks ago that he saw some seeds at the store and thought that the kids would like to grow some, I thought, “Hey! I can actually pitch in because I saw a pin on Pinterest about starting seeds!” At which point I showed him said pin and my entire Gardening board thinking that he would be super impressed with my interest and shortcut knowledge.

He wasn’t so sure about the seeds in ice cream cone idea but agreed that it would be neat if it worked and that the kids would get a kick out of it. So he bought the seeds and the cones and he and the kids proceeded to plant 24 ice cream cones with seeds and dirt. And then we witnessed an epic Pinterest fail. The picture from the pin is on the left, our actual ice cream cones are on the right.

I don’t know how whoever came up with this ice cream cone idea and took this picture got their cones to stand up and last long enough to get huge sprouts of seeds but ours definitely didn’t turn out that way. No matter how much or how little water was added to the cones they all started to collapse almost immediately. And after a few days they were starting to mold with no signs of sprouts so we had to toss them.

On the positive side our house did smell very much like an ice cream shop for a few days!

Garden Myths – Learn the truth about gardening

You have probably seen the memes showing you how to grow seeds in ice cream cones. There are lots of pictures on the internet, especially in places like Pinterest, showing nicely grown seedlings like the one pictured below.

The whole idea did not make sense to me, but who knows, maybe it’s a good idea and I’m just jealous that I didn’t think of it first.

I had to try it!

Growing Seeds in Ice Cream Cones – Great Idea or Ultimate Stupidity?

Growing Seeds in Ice Cream Cones

This is pretty simple. Take an ice cream cone, fill it with potting mix, add your seed, water and wait until things grow. I don’t know if you have to put a hole in the bottom? Most instructions that I looked at did not mention it, so I did not bother.

I took 4 cones and added some Pro-mix BX; my standard seed starting mix. I placed a bean seed in each of two cones and a pea seed in each of the other two. To keep them upright, I put them in a container. I then watered them just enough to wet the soil, but not enough to have water run out the bottom or over the top edge.

What To Expect?

The pictures on the internet are quite clear – see above. After a few weeks you have this nice clean cone with small seedlings growing in it.

It is even claimed that this is biodegradable – how nice is that?

Growing Seeds in Ice Cream Cones – 24 hours

I looked at the ice cream cones 24 hours after planting. You can see that they all collapsed and are now laying on top of one another in the corner of the container. Ice cream cones melt once wet – after all they are mostly air.

Why did mine collapse and the one in the advertisement was still hard, even weeks later?

Growing Seeds in Ice Cream Cones – 24 hours later

Growing Seeds in Ice Cream Cones – 1 week

I left them in the container under lights and a week later I have germinated seedlings. They are a bit tall – I guess they did not get enough light.

Growing Seeds in Ice Cream Cones – 1 week later

Wonder what all that white stuff is? Here is a closeup of all the mold growing on the outside.

This mold might be mycorrhizal fungi in which case they could be good for the seedlings – but I doubt it. It is just mold growing on the wet, starchy, sugary cones.

Can You Grow Seedlings in Ice Cream Cones?

YES! I just proved you can.

Is it a good idea? NO. It’s a stupid idea.

It’s just one more example of people being conned on the internet – or should that be coned?

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Ice Cream Cone Seedling Garden – start seeds in ice cream cones and then plant them when they’re ready. Perfectly biodegradable! There’s ONE little trick that makes this gardening tip work…

How to Grow Plants in Ice Cream Cones

You will need the following supplies:

  • Ice cream cones – the cheapest cake cones you can find!
  • Soil
  • Seedlings or tiny flowers
  • Shovel
  • Scissors
  • (Optional) Fertilizer

If you’re looking for a fun and easy way to get kids involved with gardening, consider this Ice Cream Cone Seedling Garden! Ice cream cones are completely biodegradable, which saves money when growing plants from seedlings and then transporting the to the ground or garden.

What’s the trick to making this work?

Cut the bottom 3/4 of the cone off!

That’s right, don’t plant the entire cone into your garden or the ground. The poor tiny seedlings won’t be able to grow past the cone in the soil before the cone is completely gone.

It’s as simple as that! Water regularly, give the baby plants enough sun, and even add nutrients like fertilizer or your preferred garden vitamins to the ice cream cone seed starters.

Kids are particularly good at growing ice cream cone gardens!

Today we planted clover seedlings in hopes of finding a leprechaun and a pot of gold this spring. Can we just make time stop so my kids never get older?

Ice Cream Cone Seedlings

You Will Need

  • Ice cream cones – the cheapest cake cones you can find!
  • Soil
  • Seedlings or tiny flowers
  • Shovel
  • Scissors
  • (Optional) Fertilizer


  1. Fill the cone with soil
  2. Cut the bottom 3/4 of the cone off
  3. Plant seeds of choice (make sure they’re covered with more soil)
  4. Place the cone in dirt or soil where it can drain
  5. Water
  6. Place in sunlight
  7. When the seedlings are ready to be planted in a garden bed or soil, the ice cream cone can be planted too because they are biodegradable

Here are some other spring and summer projects my kids and I have made that you might love:

Lollipop Garden

Magic Chocolate Carrot Garden

Cutie Carrots

Waffle Cone Garden

Gelato Flowers Are Here to Put Your Basic Ice Cream Cone to Shame

Sorry to break it to you, but if you’re still getting your ice cream fix in a boring circular shape and a cake cone you’re doing it wrong. The summer of 2016 has gifted us with everything from croissant cones to ice cream soups to glitter chipwiches. But if none of those options are fancy enough for you, we have yet another Instagram-worthy way to upgrade your ice cream intake: gelato roses.

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A post shared by Gelarto Rosa (@gelartorosa_budapest) on Jun 19, 2015 at 1:15pm PDT

Similar to avocado roses, this floral + foodie masterpiece is currently blowing the Internet’s mind. And it’s not hard to see why. The delicate food is a trademark of the ice cream shop Gelarto Rosa in Budapest, Hungary. You can choose up to four flavors, making your already beautiful treat into a rainbow colored masterpiece. A few flavors you can choose from are: hazelnut, cashew, strawberry, pannacotta salted caramel and mango.

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Fagyi, ice cream, eis, crème glacée, gelato. Hány nyelven tudod elmondani, hogy szereted a fagyit? 🙂 Fagyi, ice cream, eis, crème glacée, gelato. How many languages can you say that love ice creams? #gelartorosa #gelartorosabudapest #icecream #iloveicecream

A post shared by Gelarto Rosa (@gelartorosa_budapest) on Jun 30, 2016 at 4:07pm PDT

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Nincs nyar #rozsafagyi nelkul:) #roseicecream #gelatorosa #icecream

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If your mind is like “How the F do they DO THIS?!” Here’s a quick GIF from YouYube on how the ice cream makers create these masterpieces.

Wow. If there was any reason to go to Budapest (besides the history, the thermal baths and the picturesque castles) it’s this.

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Here are three quick tips from Blossom on Instagram to make your plants grow healthy and fast while preventing them from wilting.

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You will wet your plants with these unusual gardening hacks!

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  1. Use an ice cream cone
    In the short video, a dry wafer ice cream cone is used to place seeds inside to help them grow. After the seeds have blossomed, the cone is then placed into a larger pot outside where it will eventually naturally decompose. It acts a biodegradable seed starter and will help flowering plants.
  2. Growing green onions in an empty egg carton
    The next brilliant tip is to regrow green onions in an empty egg carton, instead of throwing them away. Turn the egg container upside down, pierce a small hole in the top and place in the ends of the green onions. Ensure there is water in the bottom and watch them grow overnight.
  3. Rusty nails can help revive plants
    Not sure how to put your old rusty nails to use? This trick is an easy and smart way to save your plants, using something as simple as an old metal nail. Simply place rusty metal nails with water into a bottle and leave for a few days until the water has turned a brown-like colour. Then pour the water onto your wilting plants and watch their leaves revive again. The rust releases iron which is crucial in helping to nourish dying plants.

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