How to Sow Seed in Small Pots

Sowing in small pots works well for larger seeds and where fewer plants are required.

Watering Tray Keeps Compost Moist Safely

Watering Tray Keeps Compost Moist Safely

Water trays and pots by placing them in a tray of water to prevent seeds and seedlings becoming disturbed. Once the compost feels damp, remove plants from water.

©2012, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2012, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Water trays and pots by placing them in a tray of water to prevent seeds and seedlings becoming disturbed. Once the compost feels damp, remove plants from water.

Step 1: Sow Larger Seeds Individually in Each Pot

Sow Larger Seeds Individually in Each Pot

Sow Larger Seeds Individually in Each Pot

Sow larger seeds individually in small pots of multi purpose soil. Gently firm, label and water each pot.

©2012, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2012, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Sowing in small pots works well for larger seeds and where fewer plants are required. Fill the pots with multipurpose or seed compost, firm gently, and push the seed in to the correct planting depth. Label and water.

Step 2: The Seeds Germinate

Single Pots with Single Strong Young Plant

Single Pots with Single Strong Young Plant

Leave a single strong plant in each pot. Label each pot, water, and keep in sunny spot.

©2012, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2012, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Cover pots with clear plastic, or put in a propagator until the seeds germinate. Thin seedlings to leave a single plant in each pot. Keep pots moist and turn those on windowsills daily to stop plants growing toward the light. 

Step 3: Move Hardened Off Plants to Larger Home

Move Hardened Off Plants to Larger Home

Move Hardened Off Plants to Larger Home

Harden plants off gradually, then plant them in larger pots once the weather is consistently warm at night and before roots become restricted.

©2012, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2012, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Harden plants off gradually in a cold frame or put them outside during the day and bring them inside at night. Plant them out into large pots before the roots become restricted, and water well.

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