Directions for Seed Starting & Transplanting Seedlings

STep 1 CowPots

Sow or Transplant

Fill CowPots with your preferred potting soil mix and plant seeds (according to directions on seed packet) or transplant seedling.

Place planted CowPots in your preferred tray (if desired-fitted trays are listed with pot sizes).

  • In addition to standard trays and carriers, self watering trays and bottom watering are suitable for use with CowPots, must be managed so as not to over water.
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Water and fertilize as needed.

  • Manure naturally retains moisture—make sure not to over water.
  • Give the pot time to harden between watering. (prevents over watering and deters spores in the air from attaching themselves to the porous CowPots)
  • If possible leave space between pots for maximum air circulation (improves pot performance and plant health).
  • Allow pot to dry before handling (CowPots are fragile when wet).
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When seedlings are ready for planting, simply place CowPots into soil and water.

  • Pick up plant by stem base for easiest handling.
  • Do not break up the CowPot (Roots are waiting for contact with soil to continue to grow, breaking the pot will damage the roots creating transplant shock).
  • Plant entire CowPot and cover completely with soil. CowPots are a 100% biodegradable pot and will decompose within one growing season.
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Cowpots last for months above ground and once transplanted under garden soil, the pots biodegrade and enhance your garden soil.

  • Roots penetrate the CowPot wall, eliminating transplant shock.
  • Unrestricted root growth ensures a healthier, stronger plant.

Gardening with CowPots

How do you plant your CowPot into the ground once the seeds have sprouted. It’s a simple process outlined in this video.

Joe Gardener
Direct Gardening Association
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