How to Plant Peat Containers


Peat containers are biodegradable planting pots that serve to hold a seedling as it grows in a protected location indoors. When the outside weather is warm enough for seedlings to grow outside, a gardener can simply prepare the growing area and transplant the entire peat container to the outside soil. This will simplify the transplanting process and will protect the fragile root systems of the tiny seedlings. After planting, the peat pots will decompose into the soil.

Step 1

Wait until the soil and air temperature outside are warm enough for the plants you will be transplanting.

Step 2

Prepare the growing area. Work the soil with the garden spade down at least 3 to 4 inches (possibly deeper, depending upon the type of plant you are transplanting). Add at least 1 inch of compost to the top of the soil and work this in with the garden spade. Rake the surface of the soil smooth. Lightly spray the growing area with the hose.

Step 3

Place the peat containers outside on the ground. Spray the peat containers with the hose so they are saturated. Allow the peat containers to drain for several minutes.

Step 4

Cut away any plastic labels from the top of the peat pots with a scissors. Cut off the top of the peat pots above the potting soil. Tear off the bottom of the peat pots carefully to expose the roots. Leave the sides of the peat pots intact to protect the roots.

Step 5

Dig holes for the peat containers with the trowel. Make the holes the recommended depth for the type of plant. Space the holes according to the type of plants you are planting also.

Step 6

Place the peat pots into the prepared holes. Make sure the rims of the peat pots are under the soil. This is important because exposed peat pots will leech moisture away from the plants. Pat the soil down carefully around the peat pots.

Step 7

Provide water for the newly planted peat containers to settle the pots and the soil into place in the growing area.

Things You'll Need

  • Garden spade
  • Compost
  • Rake
  • Peat pots
  • Seedlings
  • Scissors
  • Trowel
  • Hose


  • Peat Containers
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