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My Garden ~ making paper pots for transplanting seedlings


Years ago, an elderly neighbour showed me how he transplanted seedlings into the garden in paper pots that he’d made. There was, he claimed, less shock to the root system. The young plant is established in the paper pot with seedling mix before being transplanted into the garden. I leave a cuff to act as a mini-barrier from the wind.

Paper pot  Fold one sheet of newspaper to make an organic seedling planter.

Paper planter pot Interleave one edge into opposite fold to form a cylindrical shape

Paper planter pot Press inner fold down to form base

Paper planter pot Outer view of finished base

Paper pot Fold top 1/3  inside pot

Paper pot Finished seedling paper pot ready to fill.

Seedling in paper pot Zucchini seedling sown about 10 days ago in moistened paper pot. Leave space to act as a cuff to protect the young plant.

The same neighbour also spread seeds onto dampened paper strips. He covered the seeds with another strip of dampened paper. He then laid the seeded paper on damp seedling mix.

Author: Jenny

My garden is where I lose myself, or as Himself likes to tell others, I lose either my coffee mug or wine glass. Well at least I put them on a gatepost so they are easily found. As I see it, we are here on this place to respect and to preserve nature, not to develop the land. I love how the totara trees stand in silent witness to our human activity. They keep me honest. I love to wander along the stream bank. I like being able to grow fruit and vegetables. I enjoy green open space. My son challenged me to write a blog using my garden diaries to start. Writing a blog is quite different to my diary scribblings. It is for a different audience. In every post, I have to make a conscious effort to get free of an academic style of writing. I write about things I know and do in my everyday life. I am not a photographer but the images I use are taken by me. I believe this adds veracity to my voice in each post. Learning to setup and to manage a blog has been a major effort and remains a work in progress. Who knows where this will lead. Himself and I thought we had retired, about to define this older phase of our life together. But family commitments continue. As it happens, I share this place with Himself, son and grandsons and living creatures who live charmed existences. I watch on as they serve as actors weaving their ways across the stage of daily life. Shakespeare wrote in As You Like It: All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances; Always, there's something to write about life lived as I know it.

10 thoughts on “My Garden ~ making paper pots for transplanting seedlings

  1. Thank you for the step by step instructions!

    It is getting closer to the time I will be putting seeds from last year’s garden to work growing. I will try your method out!

  2. Do you transplant the whole thing pot and all? I have used this method before. I also use toilet roll tubes in the same way

  3. I transplant paper pot and all. I agree toilet roll tubes work in the same way. A 500ml milk carton with its top opened and base cut off is also useful.

  4. I’ve tried this before Jenny but couldnt get it to work, now using toilet roll tubes instead.
    Thanks for the instructions im gonna give it ago, as I read more papers than I use toilet rolls!

    Thanks for the great tip!

  5. There is a commercial product for making pots out of newspaper. A “homemade” version would involve a jam jar, just rolling some paper round a jar, tucking the bottom to make a base. I find that toilet rolls are a bit thick and go mouldy quicker.
    You plant the whole thing in the ground. Newspaper printer ink is a lot more environmentally friendly these days.
    The laying of seeds between sheets of newspaper remind me of “seed tapes”. Use say flour&water to make a paste – stick this on some paper and then evenly spread out your seeds. Then, when you want to sow out, place the paper on the ground and deal with as normal. You can cut the paper into strips if you grow more in rows than “beds”.

  6. Hi, Multiveg. I haven’t heard of using the flour and water paste before and will defnitely try it when I next sow seeds for our winter veges.
    Thanks for the idea.
    Cheers, Jenny.

  7. loved the reminder of the paper pots. remembered when my grandmother made them thank you from chicago,il.

  8. Pingback: Planting with Paper Pots : EcoLocalizer

  9. Thanks Jenny. I am hearing of this first time, but I will definitely try out, as it is another place where I can reduce usage of plastic. Glad to know there are many more environment-friendy methods to learn. Keep sharing. Bangalore,India.

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