How to Grow a Small Plant


Growing small plants can be a very fulfilling endeavor. Watching your plant grow from a little seedling plant into a full, mature plant can be like watching your child grow up--giving one a real sense of pride. Almost anyone can grow a small plant by following a few simple guidelines.

Step 1

Purchase an individual seedling in a 4-inch disposable container or peat pot.

Step 2

Fill a 6- or 8-inch pot or container with a potting mix consisting of equal parts peat moss and compost.

Step 3

Make a hole in the center of the potting mix large enough to accommodate the seedling plant and surrounding soil.

Step 4

Pinch the base of the stem gently between your thumb and forefinger and remove the plant, with soil intact, from the disposable container. Plant peat pot plants directly into the soil, pot and all.

Step 5

Place the seedling plant in the hole. Gently firm the soil around it.

Step 6

Water immediately after planting, soaking the soil thoroughly. Water daily to keep the soil moist, but do not allow soil to stay soggy. Fill tray beneath pot with pebbles and mist frequently to increase humidity.

Step 7

Place pot in a sunny location where plant will receive the amount of sun to fulfill light requirements for the individual type of plant. Full sun means eight to 12 hours of direct sunlight per day; partial sun means four to six hours of direct sunlight; and partial or full shade means indirect sunlight for brief periods of time. Feed with applications of compost tea regularly to replenish soil nutrients.

Things You'll Need

  • Compost
  • Peat moss
  • Compost tea


  • Sunset Western Garden Book; by the editors of Sunset Magazine and Books; 1998
Keywords: small plants, growing plants, potted plants

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Kaye Lynne Booth has been writing for 13 years. She is currently working on a children's, series and has short stories and poetry published on;; Stastic Motion Online. She is a contributing writer for, Gardener Guidlines, and She holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology with a minor in Computer Science from Adam’s State College