If you start your own seeds or do any sort of transplanting I have 3 words for you … ALERT! ALERT! ALERT! That means you should pay attention to what I’m about to say. Sometimes it also means a tornado is coming, but in this case it does not.
I got a fancy doohickey for Christmas for making paper pots this year and I love it. It’s just a column of wood and a recessed base. You wrap newspaper around it, smush the bottom together and WHAMMO, you have a paper pot.
I love it. It looks nice, it feels nice and best of all … it works. That isn’t always the case with doohickeys.
The only problem with it is, it only makes one size of pot. Smallish. Which is fine for something, not so fine for others. Lettuce? Small pot is fine. Tomato plant? Not so fine.
So I went searching around the house for something that would replicate what the doohickey did, and the most reasonable facsimile I could come up with was a straight sided bottle. Wine bottle, vinegar bottle, juice bottle … anything as long as it has straight sides AND a recessed bottom.
IT HAS TO HAVE A RECESSED BOTTOM.
Sorry for yelling, but it seemed the best way to make my point.
Wanna make paper pots? Grab some newspaper, a bottle with A RECESSED BOTTOM, and … well that’s it actually. That’s all you need. Read on and you’ll find out how to make the paper pots and WHY your bottle needs to have a recessed bum.
Rip or cut a piece of newspaper. It should be the height you want your pot plus an inch or two. One inch if your pot is narrow, two inches if it’s wide.
This is an approximate measurement.
Roll your bottle until all the paper is wrapped around it.
Now starting with the seam of the newspaper, push the paper into the recessed bottom. If you use a can or bottle, or something that isn’t recessed on the bottom, the paper won’t stay in position and your bottom won’t form. Then your plant will fall out the bottom. See? The bum is important.
Continue to push the newspaper in until it’s all wrapped under the bottle. Push it hard with your fingers or hand. This will help crease the newspaper and make it more inclined to hold it’s shape and not fall apart.
Now fill with soil and add your teeny, tiny transplant.
The moral of this story? Nothing. There is no moral to this story at all. Now go make a pot.