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The Best Way to Plant Your Seeds Indoors so They are Easy to Transplant Outside

May 3, 2009

Transplanting seedlings is something that many people do in the springtime to jumpstart their flower gardens. In many climates, the last frost or free comes late in the year, making it hard to plant flowers outdoors that will bloom in their first year. If you live in a cold climate and haven’t been able to plant seeds outdoors yet, planting seeds indoors can be done quickly and easily, giving your plants a head start on this year’s growth.

One of the easiest ways to achieve this is to start flower seeds in biodegradable seedling pots. These are usually made from pressed peat moss or a similar formulation, and they allow a plant to be transplanted directly into the ground when the weather warms up enough to plant them outside. Simply dig a hole and place the pot in it, or break up the pot a little if it’s still stiff to allow the roots to reach the outer soil. This means no stress will be caused to the roots of the young plants. It also means that you can skip the sometimes difficult process of digging the seedling carefully out of a pot and trying to transplant it without breaking the roots.

Another reason to use biodegradable pots for your transplanting is that they are better for the environment than using plastic pots. They are made from natural substances, and they biodegrade directly into the soil, leaving the soil fertile and ready to nourish the roots. Plastic seedling pots are generally throw away after one or two uses and add to landfill waste. If you have tried peat pots before and didn’t like them, another option is to try paper cups instead of plastic. This lessens the amount of waste that you will throw away, and the paper cups eventually biodegrade.

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