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Posted by gardengal19 (My Page) on
Wed, Mar 9, 11 at 11:51


If you google "Newspaper Seedling Pots" -there are many examples of how to do it. Some use a small glass or spice jar, etc.

I use PVC pipe. DH cut off about a 4 or 5 inch piece from 2 or 3 inch diameter PVC pipe depending how big you want your pot to be.
Cut strips of newspaper and wrap around the pipe. Leave an inch or so
overhang at one end that will be tucked in to form the bottom of the pot.
Use a single strip of masking tape to wrap around the pot and using a
marking pen, label what seed you will be planting in it.

Insert a smaller pipe or whatever to push off the newspaper pot.

Put them in a flat and cover with plastic wrap or a dome lid until the seeds germinate. It is easy to remove the early birds from that flat and get them under the lights using another flat.

This is an inexpensive way to go- especially when you want to start lots of seeds.

Little House in the Suburbs after you google "Newspaper seedling pots" has some great pics.

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RE: newspaper

Thanks for the tip

RE: newspaper

I was recently watching a Soviet propaganda movie from 1929 . Some of the young maidens were busy making newspaper pots and singing patriotic songs. They used a square piece of wood to shape them. I tried a few and this seems much more sensible than round ones so widely touted on internet how-to websites.

RE: newspaper

Square paper pots. They would fit nicely together in the flat, but I can see a lot of problems with actually making them and slipping them off the block mold. Once filled with potting soil, they will automatically turn into a round shape anyway. Have you ever seen a square water tank? The Soviets had a lot of ideas that proved unworkable in practice. Al

RE: newspaper

Is there any reason to worry about the ink on the paper leeching? Or is that not an issue?

RE: newspaper

Do not worry about the ink, it will have no affect. Al

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