The benefits to making pots out of newspaper are numerous. It’s cost affective as you just need to invest in the pot maker itself, and you are re-purposing old paper or newspaper which you would normally throw away or recycle. The paper will naturally decompose in the ground, meaning you can plant the whole pot, giving the roots a chance to establish well without being disturbed during transplanting.
Step 1 – Carefully measure and cut the paper
Cut strips of paper to the correct width and length specified on the pot maker packaging. It is important to keep to the recommendations to ensure there is enough paper to create a secure bottom to the pot.
Step 2 – Wrap a strip of paper around the Insert
When forming the pot, try to make sure there is sufficient overhang from the insert to create the bottom of the pot. Try to keep the paper tight against the device.
Step 3 – Create the base to the paper pot
Bend the overhanging paper inwards and then press the whole thing into the wooden base
Step 4 – Apply some pressure
Apply sufficient pressure onto the pot maker to create a paper pot base. Then lift the insert up and gently slide the paper pot off.
Step 5 – Add some soil and seeds
Add some soil to the pots and sow your seeds. Give the pots a little water to get them started.
Step 5 – Don’t forget a plant label
Whenever you sow seeds, be sure to add an identification label so you know what the seedlings are when they appear. Plant out as soon as possible – you can plant the whole pot in the ground with the seedling, as the newspaper will naturally break up and decompose.