How to Water Peat Pots


Start flower or vegetable seeds in peat pots to eliminate the need to disturb the seedlings when the time comes to transplant them outdoors or to a larger planting container. Because the peat pots will decompose naturally over time, you simply plant the entire peat pot beneath the soil to transplant the seedling. Water peat pots carefully to keep the tender seedlings adequately hydrated while they grow big enough to transplant.

Step 1

Fill one shallow tray with 2 inches of room-temperature water.

Step 2

Place the peat pots into the water-filled tray to allow the pots to draw water up into the potting soil from the bottom.

Step 3

Keep the peat pots soaking in the water for approximately 15 minutes.

Step 4

Remove the peat pots from the water and place them into the other shallow tray. The peat pots will drain any excess water into the tray.

Step 5

Water seeds in peat pots from the top by spraying the potting soil with water from the spray bottle.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not allow the peat pots to get too wet. If you notice fungi appearing on the peat pots, place the pots in an area with moving air after you water them. Place a small fan nearby to add extra air ventilation, if necessary.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 shallow trays
  • Spray bottle (filled with water)


  • Department of Horticulture, Virginia Tech: Help Sheets: Seeds
  • Peat Pots: All About Jiffy Peat Pots and Pellets
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