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Paper pots are a great way to grow from either seeds or seedlings, because when you are ready to plant out, you place the entire pot into the ground without disturbing the plants roots. This should ensure faster growth and less chance of plant failure.

To make a paper pot:

  1. Fold an entire sheet of newspaper in half length-wise.
  2. Lay an 800gm tin can along the folded edge and roll the paper along that edge. Tips - to ensure you can extract the can later:
    1. The open end of the can should be at that edge.
    2. Roll the paper slightly loosely.
  3. Tape the paper up with a small piece of masking tape.
  4. Fold the bottom in, normally with 4 folds.
  5. Tape the bottom with another small piece of masking tape.
  6. Slide the can out.

To plant seeds or seedlings:

  1. Mix up some seedling mix. I use a 50/50 mixture of cheap garden soil and waste from horse stables, which is a mixture of sawdust originally from an organic sawmill (ie no treated timber was cut there) and horse manure.
  2. Fill each pot with the mix - half to 2/3 filled.
  3. Add the seed or the seedling, and cover it with more mix.

This pic shows the components, clockwise from lower left:

  • Bag of cheap garden soil.
  • Box of manure and a small bucket for making the mixture.
  • Tin cans
  • Made up paper pots, ready for the seedlings
  • Seedlings
  • (Dog with bone for company)

This composite picture shows a close-up of the seedlings that I bought from our local Gold Coast Organic Gardeners club. Each cell contained several plants, so the 6 cell pack had over 20 plants. If carefully separated out into single plants, for planting into the paper pots, all planted seedlings grew well. These are tomato seedlings, and are planted here slightly too high in the pots. They are better planted nearer the halfway mark, so more soil can be added up their stems as they grow. In addition, the pots are best planted out low in the soil, so more soil can again be added another inch or two up the stem. This results in extra roots forming up the stem, which leads to more robust plants.


Last Updated on Monday, 29 November 2010 19:43