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How to Plant Seeds in Peat Pots

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Overview

Seeds are typically started in pots when the outdoor climate isn't warm enough for direct sowing into the ground. Of the many pot styles available for starting seeds, gardeners often find peat pots ideal because they make transplanting easier since they naturally disintegrate over time. Provide your seeds with the proper environment to sprout quickly and develop into a healthy mature plant.

Step 1

Fill the peat pot with seed starter mix, filling it within 1/4 inch of its top edge. If you don't have starter mix on hand, the University of Minnesota recommends mixing two parts soil, one part sand and one part compost.

Step 2

Plant two to three seeds in the center of the peat pot, spaced equal distances from each other and buried to a depth of approximately 1/2 inch.

Step 3

Water the peat pot twice daily or as necessary to keep the soil inside moist.

Step 4

Keep the peat pot warm--from 65 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit. The seeds will germinate within a couple weeks, depending on the specific plant species being grown.

Step 5

Thin the seedlings once they're 1 or 2 inches tall. Use scissors and cut off the tops of all seedlings except the strongest and tallest one. Don't pull out the seedling, as this will disturb the remaining seedling's roots within the small confines of the peat pot, according to Purdue University.

Step 6

Transplant the peat pot outdoors once the outdoor weather is warm enough for the specific plant species you're growing. Unlike traditional pots, you don't remove the seedling from the pot. Instead, dig a hole that's the same dimensions as the peat pot and bury the entire pot. As the plant grows, its roots will break through the porous material of the peat and extend into the surrounding dirt.

Things You'll Need

  • Peat pot
  • Soil mix
  • Seeds

References

  • "Burpee: The Complete Vegetable & Herb Gardener"; Karan Cutler, et al.; 1997
  • University of Minnesota: Planting the Vegetable Garden
  • Purdue University: Starting Seeds Indoors
Keywords: peat pot seeding, plant seeds, peat pot planting

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Josh Duvauchelle is an editor and journalist with more than 10 years' experience. His work has appeared in various magazines, including "Honolulu Magazine," which has more paid subscribers than any other magazine in Hawaii. He graduated with honors from Trinity Western University, holding a Bachelor of Arts in professional communications, and earned a certificate in applied leadership and public affairs from the Laurentian Leadership Centre.