Daylilies forum: Could egg cartons be used to replace peat pots?

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Name: Amber
Missouri (Zone 6a)
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amberjewel
Apr 14, 2017 4:27 PM CST
I bought a few peat pots today to try with some of my seed sowing. When I got home, I noted how similar they are to paper egg cartons...and I have a LOT of those! That got me wondering, do you think the 100% recycled paper egg cartons could be used to grow daylily seedlings and then be placed straight in the ground...just like a peat pot? Or would it not break down fast enough?
Amber
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Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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Seedfork
Apr 14, 2017 4:37 PM CST
I don't start many daylilies from seed, but I would prefer something much deeper than a egg carton for starting daylily seeds. They are just too small to allow for much root development on a daylily. You could start them in the egg carton, but I would think you would want to transplant them into something larger really quickly so the roots would not get all bound up. I for sure would not plant either the peat pot or the egg carton with the plant. The peat pots are known for drying out if the lip is left above the soil level, I assume the egg cartons would do the same. Not, saying you can't do it, I am sure you could. I would just prefer starting in a deeper container and letting the plants grow until they were large enough to plant outdoors and without the remains of the container.
Name: Arlene
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florange
Apr 14, 2017 6:54 PM CST
Amber, this spring I started tomatoes, peppers and flowers in those peat pots. They were too small and not deep enough. When Parks Seed had free shipping on their biodomes, I bought a big one that has deep inserts. Hope this helps when I start tomatoes and peppers in August!

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