Easy steps to make a pot out of newspaper
Seeds germinate and seedlings thrive when they’re given soft light, warmth and humidity. Here’s how to grow a bunch in old newspapers.
For you to note:
Vermiculite is useful for seed sowing/propagation. It helps aerate soil while retaining nutrients and water. It comes in different grades – pick the finest for seed sowing and the larger sizes for potting on, cuttings and house plants.
Gather your supplies
- Seed-raising mix
- Packets of seeds
- Propagation heat pad
- Grow lamp
You’ll also need
- Old newspapers
- Tall, slender drinking glass
- Large pan
- Watertight baking tray
- Old, clean ice-cream sticks
- Plastic wrap
Fold and cut sheets of newspaper big enough to wrap around glass a few times. Soak in pan of water. Roll softened paper around glass, leaving about 5cm excess at the bottom.
Crimp and press paper around bottom of glass, then turn over and press on a flat surface to flatten. Slide paper pots carefully off glass. Repeat to make more pots. Let dry overnight.
Stand pots in tray and fill with seed-raising mix. Plant seeds as per packet instructions. Cover seeds with vermiculite, sprinkle with warm water and insert ice-cream stick(s) labelled according to seeds.
Cover pots with plastic wrap to retain moisture. Set tray on heat pad until seeds sprout, then remove plastic. Place seeds under grow lamp for 14-16 hours a day, until seedlings are ready to transplant to your garden or larger pots.
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