How do I choose the right size CowPot?
This is not a comprehensive list, and you can visit our individual product styles' pages for more details on what plants are best suited for each CowPots size. In our own farm production we recommend using the #3 Six cell for cucurbits (squash, pumpkins, cucumbers). The #3 Square and #3 Round are well suited for cut flowers like sunflowers, marigolds and pansies. The #3 sized CowPots are also appropriate for cold season crops: lettuce, kale, cabbage, broccoli, etc.
The #4 Square and #4 Square Tall are the best choice for tomatoes, eggplants, peppers and other plants that need a little extra time indoors before being transplanted outdoors. The #4s have also been a popular size for growing herbs: parsley, basil, cilantro, etc.
The larger sizes are great for using as a step up container or for use with growing combination planters or longer season plants. We have received lots of positive feedback about using the #6 Round and Square for Dahlias and tuber production.
What kind of soil should I put in my CowPots?
CowPots do not require a specific type of potting soil. Make sure it is good quality, sterile potting soil for seed starting.
How should I handle my plants in CowPots?
When plants become established in the CowPot you can lift plant at the base of the stalk. This method is easy and efficient and minimizes root stress and possible damage to the CowPot.
How can I tell if I’m properly watering my seedlings?
You can tell by color and touch. When pot walls are dark brown and moist to the touch, they do not need to be watered. When light brown and dry, it’s time to water again.
Are CowPots Organic?
The title, “USDA Certified Organic” is used exclusively for end products, i.e. produce, crops and livestock. Specific growing materials (i.e. CowPots) can only be designated as ‘approved for use’ in organic production.
The USDA has regulations and a list of qualified materials that organic producers and their certifiers use to determine what products can and cannot be used in organic production.
Individual certifiers consult this resource when reviewing products (like CowPots) to determine if the materials conform to the USDA’s regulations.
If you would like to use CowPots for your organic farm and do not know who your certifier is; this is a link provided by the USDA to find individual certifiers by state.
Contact your state certifier directly to request a review of CowPots for your farm. They will then contact our office to evaluate CowPots for use in your organic program.
Should I use fertilizer in my CowPots?
Yes. CowPots do not take the place of fertilizer. Use your normal feeding protocol with the fertilizer of your choice.
How long should it take for my CowPots to decompose after planting into the ground?
CowPots will begin to biodegrade within weeks of transplanting. As long as they are completely buried at planting, they should be entirely broken down by the end of the growing season.
My in-ground planted CowPots are not breaking down completely. What am I doing wrong?
Factors that affect decomposition can include soil type, soil bioactivity and water rates. Sandy soils and soils with few microorganisms typically display slower rates of decomposition in CowPots. Roots can still grow through the pot walls even if they do not rapidly decompose.
Do I need to rip, tear or crush the CowPot before planting in the ground?
Definitely NO. Growing in CowPots eliminates transplant shock because when it’s time to transplant, no need to rip or tear the pot. Porous pot walls allow for continued root growth.
How long will my planted CowPot last in a greenhouse setting?
With some variation depending on size, shelf life once planted is approx. 12 weeks. After that time, pot walls may become weak.
How long can I store unused CowPots?
If kept dry, indefinitely.