Hoss Seed Plates

Hoss seed plates 1 through 6
Hoss seed plates 7 through 10
Hoss blank seed plates, 3 thicknesses
Paper drilling template for Hoss seed plates
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Hoss Seed Plates

The Hoss seed plates come in 10 pre-drilled configurations, and 3 thicknesses of Blank plates. They allow the planting of a full range of garden seeds.

These seed plates work in both the Hoss Garden Seeder and in the Hoss Push Planter.

See seed plate descriptions below the list...

Standard Plates:

Plate # 1    Add to Cart     $6.99

Plate # 2    Add to Cart     $6.99

Plate # 3    Add to Cart     $6.99

Plate # 4    Add to Cart     $6.99

Plate # 5    Add to Cart     $6.99

Plate # 6    Add to Cart     $6.99


Optional Plates:

Plate # 7      Add to Cart     $6.99

Plate # 8      Add to Cart     $6.99

Plate # 9      Add to Cart     $6.99

Plate # 10    Add to Cart     $6.99

Combo Pack (7,8,9,10)
 Add to Cart     $23.96  Save $4


Blank Plates:

Thin (3/32")    Add to Cart     $6.99

Medium (3/16")    Add to Cart     $6.99

Thick (1/4")    Add to Cart     $6.99

How to choose a seed plate


Plates 1 through 6: these are for the most common garden crops, and are included with every seeder and planter. They come in 3 thicknesses: Thin = 3/32", Medium = 3/16", and Thick = 1/4".
Plates 1 through 6 are already included with every Hoss seeder and planter.

  • #1 – broccoli, cabbage, turnips, mustard and other fine seeds (thin, 8 holes @ .09" dia, 2-3/8" spacing*)
  • #2 – onion, similar small seeds (thin, 6 slots @ .18x.10" = 3-1/8" spacing)
  • #3 – okra, and {pelleted** carrots, lettuce, chard and beets} (medium, 6 holes @ .25" dia, 3-1/8" spacing)
  • #4 – small sweet corn, popcorn (medium, 4 holes @ .50" dia, 4-3/4" spacing)
  • #5 – small peas and beans (thick, 6 holes @ .37" dia, 3-1/8" spacing)
  • #6 – medium beans, peas, large sweet corn, field corn (thick, 4 holes @ .56" dia, 4-3/4" spacing)

*Note 1: The spacing can be doubled by putting a piece of masking tape on every other hole. For example, an 8-hole plate with 2-3/8" spacing can be converted to a 4-hole plate with 4-3/4" spacing. The tape goes on the bottom of the seed plate so it does not get rubbed off by the brush.

**Note 2: These 4 seeds are pelleted to allow them to work in walk-behind seeders. Raw (non-pelleted) seeds for these 4 crops do not work well in ANY seeder.


Plates 7 through 10: these are optional plates. They can be purchased individually or as a set.

  • #7 – radish, leek, asparagus, spinach (thin, 6 holes @ .16" dia, 3-1/8" spacing)
  • #8 – cucumber, watermelon (thin, 2 holes @ .41" dia, 9-1/2" spacing)
  • #9 – butterbeans, lima beans (medium, 2 holes @ .60" dia, 9-1/2" spacing)
  • #10 – squash, pumpkin (medium, 1 hole @ .66" dia, 19" spacing)

Blank Plates: there are plates that you can drill for special seeds or spacing. They are purchased individually, and come with Instructions and paper drilling templates. The drilling templates are cut out, taped to the blank plate, and you drill right through the selected marks on the templates. Click here to download a PDF of the Instructions, or here for the Templates.

The blank seed plates come in 3 thicknesses. See the Drilling Instructions linked above for guidance on which thickness to select for the seed you want to plant, or look through the list of pre-drilled seed plates to see which thickness is used for your seed.

  • Thin Blank Plate - 3/32" thick
  • Medium Blank Plate - 3/16" thick
  • Thick Blank Plate - 1/4" thick

 


Video of modifying seed plates.   Good info on the plates, on how to check to see if your seeds fit, and how to enlarge the holes in pre-drilled plates. For blank plates, it is best to follow the Blank Seed Plate Drilling Instructions (linked above).

 

How are these plates different from other seeders?
There are two other garden seeders sold in the US; the Earthway and the Jang. The Earthway plates run vertically, like a Ferris Wheel, so their plates have pockets or scoops molded into the plates. They are very hard to modify, and struggle with small seeds. The Jang uses seed rollers, which are like wheels with recesses or cups molded into them. They are also difficult to modify. The Hoss plates rotate horizontally, like a record player, so it is easy for seeds to get into the holes. And since they are just holes, they are easy to modify by drilling.

 

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