Making Peat Moss Pots


Peat, or sphagnum, moss provides a plethora of uses from mulch to growing media. Peat moss serves as an excellent medium in which to sow seeds. A way to take advantage of this use involves making peat moss pots. Peat moss pots serve as condensed pods of sphagnum that allows seeds to germinate and sprout without needing soil. An easy to accomplish endeavor, making peat moss pots enhances your gardening experience.

Step 1

Stuff a large plastic freezer bag with approximately 2 lbs of peat, or sphagnum, moss.

Step 2

Fill the bag with water from your kitchen sink. Allow the peat moss within the bag to get completely saturated with water.

Step 3

Poke a series of holes in the freezer bag, to allow the water to spring out of it. Use a sharp knife to do this.

Step 4

Roll the bag of water and peat moss with the rolling pin to flatten it and extract as much moisture as possible from it.

Step 5

Remove the chunks of flattened, moist peat moss and line the inner walls and bottom of an 8 ounce coffee can with it. Repeat these steps with multiple cans and peat moss. Allow the cans containing the wet peat moss to dry for two days.

Step 6

Slide the peat moss pot, carefully, out of the coffee can. The result will be a perfect formation of peat moss in the shape of the can.

Things You'll Need

  • Peat moss (2 lbs)
  • Plastic freezer bag
  • Rolling pin
  • Coffee cans (8 oz)
  • Sharp knife


  • University of Illinois: Peat Moss (How's My Dirt?)
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Chelsea Hoffman resides in Las Vegas, Nev., where she is currently working on a dramatic novel titled "Chloe." A published freelance writer for over 15 years, Hoffman writes for GardenGuides, Travels, and a variety of other online and print venues.