Water retention in Jiffy pots?

hrothgarrFebruary 7, 2013

I've been planning to start my seeds in the peat jiffy pots. I don't have a tray for them to sit in, though, and I was worried about them drying out too fast. Would it work to simply water the pots from above every day, or do they need the constant wicking of moisture from below from sitting in a tray of water?

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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

Couple of different issues - First, using the Jiffy pots to begin with. Many discussions here about all the problems with using them.

Second, watering. Watering from the bottom, NOT the top, is the preferred approach no matter what container used. That is why you need some sort of water-holding container for them to sit in. Any flat pan, baking dish, those disposable aluminum cake pans, etc. will work.

However the containers should never be left sitting in water. That causes the seeds and roots to rot.

Hope this helps.


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