Why I Remove the Peat Pot When Planting Seedlings

From the time I first began buying plants from Pell’s Nursery in Osteen, Florida I was told to “rough up” the roots when the plant was removed from the pot.

I’m talking plastic pots here, which are the way big plants usually come. Often the plant is a bit root bound from growing in a container. In order for the plant to do well when it’s in the ground, the roots need to know they can now grow outwards.

Some plants with thick roots can actually be sliced, or cut to train them to spread. You do this at a few intervals around the root and dirt ball before it’s set into the ground.  The Pell family gave me good advice and I always had excellent luck when adding their trees and bushes to my Florida landscape.  Their planting suggestion was a good one.

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Hot pepper plant from store

These days little seedlings are often sold in biodegradable, plantable pots, which will disintegrate in the dirt. We are told to plop the whole thing (minus the bottom, says the label) into the ground. Easy-peasy, no muss, no fuss.

I don’t like it. Why would I want a pot in my garden? And what is it really made of? I also believe it inhibits plant growth.  “Peel off bottom of pot for optimum root growth” – it says this on the plastic.  So imagine if you let the roots around the sides have that optimum growth chance as well!

In short, it’s not necessary. Treat it like a regular pot and remove it.

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Everything removed and ready to plant

I always remove the peat pot when I plant something purchased at the store (in my case the Home Depot). I do this because it releases the roots so they can instantly grow into the garden dirt in a natural way. I see no reason to add a pot to the garden soil. It’s just as easy to remove the plastic wrap and the pot.

This type of pot is often used for starting seeds. When I tried this when growing things for my northern garden, the pots began to turn moldy! So they aren’t necessarily a good choice for that either.

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New little pepper plant

By the way, I’ve found that hot pepper plants are one of the easiest types of vegetable to grow.

Best of Blogging, Be Yourself

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Photo credit: Oldiefan @ Pixabay

Since I do a lot of blogging, I thought I’d begin a series of posts about blogging.  If you look around the internet, you will find lots of bad blogs.  And of course there are many great blogs.  Those great blogs are fun to read because they are written by people who write about what interests them.  Being phony online doesn’t work for long.  Be yourself and share (with limits) information about your likes, travels, menu specialties, etc..  You’d be surprised how many people will be interested, even if your life seems mundane and ordinary to you.

Blogging can also be quite a learning experience.  Although I love gardening and sharing how my garden grows with readers, I am still learning as I go.  I recently began a blog about health and wellness related to kidney disease.  A few years ago I found out I had PKD and I want to share my journey as I attempt to get well.

You don’t need to be an experienced writer to start a blog.  I’ve learned a lot since I first began my Seashells by Millhill blog back in 2008.  The first posts I made were pretty horrendous, and I cringe when I re-read them.  Since then I’ve written at a couple of writing sites, Squidoo (now defunct) and Wizzley, where I learned to become a better writer.  I did a little stint with other bloggers on a shared blog site and wrote one day a week.  The bar was raised when I had to write alongside some very good writers.

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