Starting Seeds in Peat Pots - Knowledgebase Question

Fairport, NY
Question by peanuts
January 28, 1998
My name is Nan Yang and I'm a 12 years old boy. I'm very interested in gardening and I have a question I need help on.

I heard that people use peat pots when they are transplanting tomatoes. Will the pot eventually decompose in the soil orwill the roots grow through the pot? Is it a good idea to start seeds right in the pots?


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Answer from NGA
January 28, 1998

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Some people like to start their seeds in peat pots. That way, you can plant it, pot and all, right into the garden. This way, there is less transplant shock since you don't disturb the roots. The peat will decompose, and the roots will grow right through the pot into the surrounding soil.

If you do decide to use peat pots, there are a few things you should know. First of all, your seedlings will dry out more quickly than in plastic pots, so you'll need to be extra careful to make sure youwater them enough. Also, when you transplant to the garden, be sure to bury the entire peat pot in the soil--don't leave the upper edge exposed to the air. If you do, the peat pot will "wick" moisture away from your plant roots.

Why not try starting some of your seeds in peat pots, and some in conventional plastic pots, and see which you prefer? I hope this helps!

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