If you're like us and enjoy growing a variety of interesting pepper
plants, you may find yourself sometimes wondering,
"Now what should I start all of these in?"
Those seed starting trays can be problematic, with different seeds
sprouting at different rates, when do you take off the top?
And if you want to avoid damp-off, having
all of those seedlings in the same small enclosed space is just
asking for trouble!
The peat pots some use for seed starting tend to get soggy and
attract mold, and sometimes will even disintegrate on you just
from watering - yuck!
Those small plastic seed starting pots work well,
but you never seem to have enough of them around when you need them,
and re-using old pots for seed starting is not a good idea, due to
soil-born illnesses and damp-off.
The small plastic pots can also be a hassle to label (so you know
as it's hard for even an expert to tell many pepper seedlings apart!).
And when it comes time
to transplant, it can sometimes be difficult to successfully remove the plant
and soil from the pot completely intact,
and without damaging the seedling's fragile roots.
So, what's a gardener to do?
We have discovered an amazing, perfect device for starting
The 8oz styrofoam coffee cup!
They are dirt-cheap (one grocery store sells 100 of them for $1),
so you can use a new one each time - no worry about re-using
possibly contaminated dirty pots for your new seeds!
They are incredibly easy to label with a regular permanent marker, and
the black marker against the white styrofoam is very easy to read,
even from a distance!
And best of all, transplanting is a breeze! Instead of having
to pull the plant and its fragile roots and soil from a pot, you can simply cut
and peel the styrofoam away from the plant, leaving the soil
and rootball completely intact and undamaged!
All you need to do is take a regular 8oz styrofoam coffee cup,
use a medium-size (3/8"-1/4") philip's-head screwdriver or
something similar to poke 3 holes in the bottom for drainage,
and you've got yourself the perfect seed starting pot!