How to Transplant Peat Pots


The use of peat pots to start seeds indoors is a popular practice for many gardeners. Peat pots are made of compressed peat and generally can handle seed starts and seedlings for 2 to 2-1/2 months before they begin to crumble. Peat pots come in a variety of sizes, so choose pots that are appropriate for your needs. When starting seeds in peat pots, it is best to place the pots close together in a tray or flat to help the pots retain moisture for the growing plants.

Step 1

Trim away with scissors or pinch off with your fingers any portion of the peat pot above the soil level inside.

Step 2

Dig a hole in the prepared garden space 1 inch wider and 1 inch deeper than the peat pot.

Step 3

Place the peat pot into the newly dug hole, ensuring that the top of the pot is flush or just below the soil surface.

Step 4

Backfill the hole, using the dirt removed, to completely cover the peat pot in the hole.

Step 5

Pack the dirt around the transplant by hand or the back of the garden spade.

Step 6

Give the transplants water until it stands on the soil for more than a minute before draining into the soil.

Things You'll Need

  • Scissors
  • Garden spade


  • University of Arizona: Plant Propagation - Sexual Propagation
  • Iowa State University: Starting Garden Transplants at Home (PDF)
  • "Rodale's Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening"; by the editors of Organic Gardening and Farming Magazine; 1975
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