How to Make Peat Pots at Home


If you want to get your precious seedlings off to a great start by growing them in peat pots, you can do just that at no cost to you. By using materials you already have around the house, you can make simple peat pots, yielding the same effect as store-bought ones in a short amount of time.

Step 1

Gather a supply of newspaper. Tear each newspaper page into one-inch strips. Set the strips aside. Fill a large container with water. Add the newspaper strips to the water. Soak newspaper strips for three days until they turn to pulp.

Step 2

Transfer the soaked newspaper, or pulp, into wide-rimmed plastic cups. Use your hands to mold an even layer of the pulp, about one-half inch thick, around the bottom and sides of the cup.

Step 3

Turn the plastic cup upside down and squeeze firmly to remove any excess water. Add potting soil to the pot. Fill the pot to the top with the soil. Use your hands to pat the soil down.

Step 4

Use your fingers to poke holes in the soil. Insert your first finger to the depth of the first joint. Insert the seeds into the holes. Cover the seeds with soil.

Step 5

Use a spray bottle filled with water to gently moisten the planting.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not let the newspaper strips soak for more than three days or the pulp could turn sour. Avoid potting soil brands that contain a slow-release component.

Things You'll Need

  • Newspaper
  • Large container
  • Water
  • Wide-rimmed plastic cup
  • Potting soil
  • Spray bottle


  • Making Peat Pots
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