Toilet-Paper Tube Seed Starting Pots
Clean plastic tub | toilet paper tubes | scissors | plant labels
clean pea gravel | soilless seed-starting mix | distilled water
spray mister bottle |
clear plastic wrap | indoor light-growing system
Here's another earth-friendly container for seed-starting!
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Save your cardboard toilet-paper tubes - they are very handy
for purposes like this.
Cut each tube in half so
that you have two short, squat little cardboard cylinders.
Cut four half-inch slits from the bottom up. If it were a
clock face, cut it at 12 o'clock, 3 o'clock, 6 o'clock and 9 o'clock. Fold
these flaps inward and up slightly, tucking them under each other, so that you
have made a bottom for your cardboard pot that will pretty much stay together.
Place two or three inches of clean pea gravel in the bottom
of a plastic tub. Place the toilet-paper "pots" side by side on top of the
gravel. Fill each pot almost all the way up with soil-less seed mix. Spray-mist
with warm distilled water.
Sprinkle a seed or two on top and sift just a little more
soilless mix on top. Label your seeds! Spray-mist again. Cover all with clear
plastic wrap. Put in a warm place for a week or two to germinate. As soon as
the seedlings appear, remove the plastic wrap.
Set them out under indoor grow lights, or in a sunny,
You can also use paper towel rolls, and cut several pots out
of each roll.
When the seedlings are up and doing well, you can carry the
tub out to the garden and transplant them on the spot. You can slide each
rootball out of the cardboard pots and plant.
Or open the bottom of each cardboard pot up with scissors and
slice further up the side before you plant. This will make it really easy for
the roots to grow down and out as the cardboard decomposes, which might take
all summer and you don't want to trap the roots inside. Besides, the cardboard
tube gives the new seedling support as it gets established outside.