Transplanting Peat Pellet Seedlings

Posted on Feb 17, 2015 in Gardening, Seed Starting | 16 Comments

Transplanted Seedlings

Remember our lil’ seedlings we planted a few weeks ago?  Well, they were beginning to outgrow their peat pellets, and that means it was time to transplant them to a bigger house.

To be perfectly clear, this is just the first transplant, but not their final resting place.  As it is still too cold outside to place these guys in either a hydroponic system (after thoroughly cleaning the roots of all dirt) or the ground, we just need to move them into slightly larger containers so they have room to keep on growing in the interim.  We purchased these plastic pots in bulk from Amazon, along with some plastic trays to make transporting them easier, and a portable greenhouse to store them in outside.

It’s pretty simple, first you fill the pots with potting soil…

Potting Soil

Then you plant the peat pellets right inside of them.  Be sure to remove the netting surrounding the peat pellets first, but take care not to break off the roots (if you break off one or two, all is not lost, still go ahead and plant it).  Water lightly, taking care to water the soil rather than the still-delicate stem or leaves.

Tray of Transplanted Seedlings

The great thing about these cheap plastic pots is that it allows us to continue growing more plants than we need, and eventually give the extras to friends without too much expense.  They will make fabulous gifts (and hopefully make up for the fact that we didn’t give out any holiday treats in December).


  1. Ann Abbitz
    March 3, 2015

    It always seems like a pretty straight forward process, but whenever I get down to it I always end up feeling like I’ve done something wrong. For instance, one thing that I always go back and forth on is trying to figure out how much to pack the potting soil. Before transferring the seedling, should the soil be packed or should it be loose to encourage easier root growth?

  2. Annie Marie Peters
    March 3, 2015

    Great tutorial. Transplanting always makes me a bit nervous, but you made it look easy!

  3. Ivan
    March 3, 2015

    Very nice article! I have learnt some new tips and enjoyed looking at photos which are clear and informative. I was doing something similar for my college seminar report and I enjoyed it. So far I haven’t planted vegetables for myself in a such way but you gave me great idea and I can try. I especially like a idea to present friends some plants.

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    March 4, 2015

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