The Big Paper Potter
This traditional wooden tool lets you make your own biodegradable pots from newspaper. You'll be able to make lots of uniform size and shape quickly and easily with this simple two-piece tool.
The tool is made up of two parts, the 'handle' and the 'base'.
The Handle is what is used to form the shape of the pot. You simply take a strip of newspaper and wrap it around the handle until you have about 4-6 layers of paper. The strip of newspaper should be about 1" (2.5cm) longer than the height of the pot you want to make. When wrapping the paper around the handle this extra 1" (2.5cm) should extend beyond the bottom of the handle. This overhang of paper should then be tucked into the bottom of the handle.
Use the Base to form a solid, flat base to the pot. By placing the Handle into the Base and twisting it gently a few times you will create a firm base to the pot.
Your paper pot is then ready to fill with compost and use - it's that easy!
To keep your young plants watered as they grow in their paper pots, stand the pots on top of water matting or capillary matting. This will ensure the paper stays moist, so once the plants roots reach the sides of the pots they will be able to grow through the paper - air pruning will then occur which is beneficial to your plants as it encourages more roots to form.
These paper pots will last about 4-6 weeks before they start to break down, making them ideal for fast growing crops or flowers.
As these pots are made from newspaper, when your young plants are ready to plant outdoors you won?t need to remove them from their pots as the paper will degrade in the soil. This means there is no root disturbance as you plant out, so your plants will continue to grow strongly.