how to water seedlings in peat pots

how to water seedlings in peat pots

How to Water Seedlings in Peat Pots

Peat pots are an ideal medium for germinating seeds and seedlings because the biodegradable material allows roots to penetrate the walls and be planted directly into the soil. Here are some tips on how to properly water seedlings in peat pots:

  1. Use lukewarm water. Warm water will help reduce the risk of shock and further increase the rate of germination.
  2. Don’t over water. Peat tends to retain moisture, and too much water can lead to root rot.
  3. Check the moisture. Peat pots should not feel wet to the touch; poke your finger in the pot to get an accurate reading on the pot’s moisture level.
  4. Resist the temptation to fertilize. Fertilizing too soon can damage the delicate root system.

Watering Frequency

How often you should water your seedlings in peat pots will depend on several factors, including the temperature, humidity, soil, and type of seed pot. Generally, the rule of thumb is to water when the surface of the soil feels dry to the touch.

When Not to Water

Do not water if there is standing water in the pot. You also don’t want to water if the soil is too wet or newly germinated seedlings have yet to sprout. In either case, let the pot dry out a bit before watering.


Watering seedlings in peat pots is relatively simple: just make sure not to over water and to give them enough water to keep the soil moist. Be sure to check the moisture levels regularly, using your finger to check how much water is in the pot. Finally, remember to only water when the soil begins to feel dry, and don’t water if the seeds have yet to sprout.