Peat pots have been around for some time. However, the abundance of people “going green” has brought a new found resurgence of interest in these organic containers. If you’ve never tried using peat pots for your early seeds, you are in for a convenient treat. You will no longer have to remove seedlings from containers, as peat pots go directly into the ground.
Pour potting soil into each peat pot, leaving about ¼ inch space at the top.
Place 12 to 14 peat pots into a nonporous tray. Add 3 to 4 cups of water to the bottom of the tray. Set the peat pots and tray aside overnight, while the pots soak up the water from the tray.
Plant your seeds in the soil of the peat pots. The planting depth will depend on the type of vegetable or flower seed. Each seed is different. Always follow the suggestions on the back of the seed packet. However, if this information is not available, the general rule is to plant the seed three times as deep as the seed is long.
Spray the top of each seeded peat pot with a water mister to moisten the soil. Do not over mist to the point of drenching the soil.
Cover each peat pot with a square of clear plastic wrap. It doesn’t need to seal around the edges. It is just used to keep the seed moist and warm, so it will germinate.
Place the tray of seeded peat pots in a sunny window of a warm room. Check the top of the soil periodically to make sure it stays moist. If it appears dry, use your mister to moisten it. When the seeds germinate (green seedlings come through the soil), remove the clear plastic wrap.
Continue to mist the seedlings as needed. When the peat pot becomes lightweight add another 3 or 4 cups of water to the tray. The water, entering the soil from the underside of the peat pot, will coax the seedling’s roots to grow downwards. This will strengthen the plant structure.
Cut an “X” into the bottom of the peat pot and slit the sides part of the way down when it’s time to move your plants to the outdoor ground. This is usually after the last frost is completed in your location. The seedling will be 3 to 4 inches tall. Slicing the pot will make it easy for the roots of the tiny seedlings to grow outward.
Dig a hole where your seedling will be planted with a trowel. Drop the entire peat pot, with the seedling, into the hole and pour soil around the sides. Make sure the dirt covers the entire pot.