Well, night before last I planted some watermelon and zucchini in a new 50 cell plug flat that we purchased from Territorial Seed. I forgot that both of these plants don’t really like having their roots disturbed much and not knowing how easy it will be to remove the little starts from the plug flat, I decided that I’d better put them in paper pots. I had no newspaper on hand, so I grabbed a phone book and went to work.
Yesterday, I didn’t have the time to make some soil blocks, so I had to grab whatever I had. I’ve never used phone book pages for paper pots before, but it’s all I had. I don’t know about you, but every year they bring me the phone books and every year they go in the recycle bin! I can find things twice as fast online. I do have a couple around for pressing flowers, however :)
I cut them in half and folded it over a little on the edge to give the bottoms some thickness. Next I rolled it around the wooden pot maker my mom and dad bought for me, and pressed it into the molding base, giving it a gentle twist. I like to give the bottom a mist with water before twisting it- it helps it hold until I can get the soil in and moistened. I did notice that I had to be a lot more gentle while twisting it as the phone book paper is much thinner.
Viola! Dex paper pots :). I quickly transferred the seeds and put a cover on. I hope they do okay in these- time will tell. After all, there is a reason my blog is named Blunders with shoots, blossoms ‘n roots!
So, will this work? Will the paper turn to mush? Can I keep them evenly moist until germination and not cause the pots to fall apart?
Only Dex knows!