How to Grow Grass Seed in a Clay Pot

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Growing grass in a clay pot is a great activity to do with children, because it is simple, the grass grows quickly and children will have fun "cutting" the grass with scissors. Many people grow grass in tiny, 2-inch clay pots to use as place decorations at an Easter table. Alternately, you can grow grass in a large clay pot and place outside on your porch for a fresh, springtime look. Fescue seed works well because it grows fast.

Step 1

Cover the bottom of your clay pot with a fine layer of gravel or twigs for drainage.

Step 2

Mix the potting soil with an organic mulch, then fill the pot to about 1/2 inch below the rim.

Step 3

Sprinkle the grass seeds on top of the soil. Do not press them down into the soil. Cover the soil liberally---you should not see much space between the seeds.

Step 4

Cover the seeds with damp coffee filters. (This will help them germinate and keep birds from eating them, if you are keeping your clay pot outside.)

Step 5

Place the seeds in a warm, sunny location. Keep them covered with the moist coffee filters. Once the seeds have germinated (sprouted), which should take three or four days, uncover them and keep the soil moist but not soggy. Trim the grass with scissors as needed.

Things You'll Need

  • Clay pots
  • Potting soil
  • Grass seed of your choice
  • Gravel or twigs
  • Coffee filters

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About this Author

April Sanders has been a professional writer since 1998. She has worked as an educator and now writes academic research content for EBSCO Publishing and elementary reading curriculum for Compass Publishing. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in social psychology from the University of Washington and a master's degree in information sciences and technology in education from Mansfield University.

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