Jiffy pots are rapidly becoming the #1 choice of gardeners everywhere. We offer you a full line of sizes and styles of pots for all your seed starting needs.
Using pots that are environmentally friendly and biodegradable is the all natural approach to plant propagation. Made from Canadian sphagnum peat moss and wood pulp, these pots come pre-formed and ready for planting.
These all natural pots are the ideal choice for indoors seed starting as well! The soft walled peat allows plant roots to naturally air prune as they emerge through the pot.
Jiffy makes great seed starting pots which are a consistent medium that is optimized for propagation and root development.
The use of Jiffy pots for
seed starting is very simple and straight forward and can be
enjoyed by gardeners of just about any age level! We do receive quite a
bit of feedback from customers telling us that they would like specific
information on the use of the product. So to assist growers who are new to
the Jiffy line of products, or to gardening in general, we have put together a
few quick steps to get you started. The information supplied in this guide
is for educational use only. If you would like more specific information
regarding Jiffy products, please refer to their company website.
The Benefits of using Jiffy Pots:
Jiffy has introduced a product to the market that not only makes seed starting
incredibly easy for the end user, but the product is also completely
biodegradable and environmentally friendly. One of the signature benefits
to using these peat pots for starting seeds is the ability to leave the seedling
in the pot when it comes time to transplant. With traditional plastic
pots, the plant must be removed from the pot before planting. This can
lead to shock of the plant and a potential slow down in its growth. With
Jiffy pots, you can simply bury the entire pot and plant, taking the guesswork
out of transplanting. Another benefit of these pots is the walls are
durable enough to support the plant, but thin enough to allow the roots to grow
through them, allowing them to air prune naturally. Plastic pots can cause
your plants to become root bound if left in them too long. This won't be a
problem for you with Jiffy pots!
Right Size: You will see that Jiffy produces a wide range of pot sizes, suitable to fit just about any
application you can think of. All of the peat pots shown above are made
from the same material and they are truly exceptional for starting seeds.
The most commonly asked question is "what size jiffy peat pot should I use?".
The answer is surprisingly simple, whatever size you like! the only real
considerations for the size pot you start with is how many seeds you would like
to start, how much space you have to work with, and how quickly you would like
to transplant them once they germinate. If you would like to start alot of
pots in a small amount of space, then go with the 2" or 2.25" pots. If you
want the maximum bench time before moving the plants outside, then the 4" or
bigger are the way to go. This is a decision that only you can make and it
depends on your particular application.
Materials to Get Started:
Potting Soil or Medium
Trays, Flats, or Saucers for pots
Humidity Dome or clear plastic bags
Step 1: The first thing you need to do is fill your Jiffy
pots with the potting soil or medium of your choice. This is a good time
to set them up in the
or trays as well. You can use a standard
Flat to hold your pots, or if you would like a little more added
convenience, you will notice in our listings that some of the peat pots are
compatible with standard carrying trays, used for the plastic pots. These
can really save you a lot of time if you have to move the pots around.
Keep in mind that carrying trays are molded with drainage holes!
Step 2: The next step is to water your pots thoroughly. You
want the soil to be completely soaked, without the pots sitting in excess water.
If you overwater don't worry, simply drain the excess water out and proceed to
the next step.
Step 3: Sow your seeds according to
the directions on your seed packet. Your
Seed Packets should give you directions on how deep to plant the seeds.
Some seeds are simply laid out on top of the soil and lightly firmed down, so be
sure to read your packet before planting. In cases where you need to bury
the seeds slightly below the surface of the soil, the simplest way is to use a
toothpick to dig a small hole. Then lightly cover the seed over using your
Step 4: Once all of your pots are planted
you will need to cover them to trap the heat and humidity for germination.
If you are using a flat or tray to hold your pots, we sell
Domes that work wonderfully for this purpose and they allow you to cover an
entire tray of pots with a single dome. You can also use any clear plastic
bag to achieve the same results.
Step 5: Place
your pots in a dark location where the temperature is stable, ideally between
70-72 degrees. Do NOT place your pots on top of a radiator or other
similar heating device as they provide too much heat.
Once your seeds have germinated, remove the dome/bags and place the pots in a
location that gets full sun. Germination times will vary from plant to
plant, so again refer to your seed packet for accurate germination times.
If you are using trays to start a large number of pots, a good rule of thumb is
to remove the cover when 2/3 of the tray has germinated. If you are using
individual pots with bags, you can remove them as each one sprouts.
Within a few weeks your seedlings will be healthy and strong with proper care
and you can plant them outside or into new pots where applicable! If you
have any questions about this guide, feel free to
Contact Us and we
will be more than happy to assist you with using your Jiffy pots!