Recycled Paper Pots

4.2 out of 5 stars
(15 reviews)

Garden green!

Botanical Interests Recycled Paper Pots are an eco-friendly way to grow your seedlings.

  • Made from 100% recycled, food-grade paperboard.
  • Sustainably manufactured using low-water and low-energy use methods.
  • Biodegrades in the garden or compost bin.
  • Green alternative to plastic or peat pots.
  • Ideal for varieties sensitive to root disturbance.
  • When wet, perforated bottom allows for easy tear away and transplant.
  • Made in the USA.

Simply "pop" open the paper pot, fill with soil, and sow your favorite Botanical Interests seed! Note the variety and date sown in the label section right on the pot! They also provide a convenient way to share your seedlings with friends and other gardeners.

Patent Pending.

1 1/2" size is perfect for anything you would traditionally start in a 6 pack, including fast-growing plants that you would transplant soon after sowing, and plants that don't like root disturbance.

3" size is perfect for growing larger seedlings like perennials, peppers, or plants sensitive to root disturbance, like cucumbers or lupines.

4" size is perfect for growing larger seedlings like perennials, tomatoes, or plants sensitive to root disturbance like squash or sunflowers.

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Recycled Paper Pots Reviews

15 reviews

Start from seed and plant the pot!

5 out of 5 stars Sep 9, 2019
The recycled paper pots are a must have. So easy and save money too. Fill with potting mix, plant your seed, spray with water, cover with plastic wrap secured with a rubber band, stick in the sunny window sill until germination. Remove plastic and rubber band and voila! Instant home grown transplant. When the plant is ready to be planted, tear off the bottom of the pot and plant the entire pot in the soil!
Maree Cobb from CO

Awesome product

5 out of 5 stars Nov 30, 2019
I used these for the first time this year. I was concerned about them holding up for the 8 weeks needed for my tomatoes, but they did quite well. Mold did develop on the pots, but it was a completely harmless process of the pots breaking down. I especially loved the perforated bottom that was easily removed to enable the roots to grow freely once planted. These pots are superior to other "biodegradable" pots that I have used in the past and they will be my first choice from now on.
Cecily Hedman from WA

Excellent product!

5 out of 5 stars Jan 17, 2020
I received a set of these courtesy of Botanical Interests at the Garden Bloggers Fling last year in Denver. I tried them last summer for vegetable seed starting and thought they were an outstanding solution to a compostable pot for transplants. I loved the removable bottom, the thin cardboard material was perfectably sturdy for the transplant growing period. They were MUCH better than any other biodegradable product I've used before (peat pots, cow manure-based ones, and corn starch pots.)
Lisa Wagner from NC
Owner Response: Hi Lisa, So glad these worked well for you!


5 out of 5 stars May 2, 2020
While I know that using non-paper pots I save money, I know that having an alternative such as these Recycled Paper Pots offers me flexibility in certain circumstances. I do like these paper pots because they hold their shape. These do not fall apart even when watered. If I wasn't a budget gardener, I would use these instead of the plastic pots which I have to wash after each use. I start too many seeds of too many varieties so this alternative would not be economical for me. But I do like them.
Susan K Schmidt Juarez from TX

Love the paper pots

5 out of 5 stars May 27, 2020
I have used these for several years now. I mostly start tomatoes in small cells then transplant to the paper pots. By the time to plant in the garden comes I can easily rip off the bottom of the pot and plant the tomato and the rest of the pot all at one time. Works well.
Margaret Lotvin from NY

Great product

5 out of 5 stars Jul 25, 2020
Very pleased with this product. Worked well from seeding to placement in the garden!
Rosemary Cavanagh from MA

Paper pots

5 out of 5 stars Aug 10, 2020
Great idea! Easy to use. They keep the soil moist, they do not dry out like plastic pots. They are reusable. Great value for the money! They are perfect for starting seeds.
CHERYL Rubin from FL

3 inch recycled paper pots

2 out of 5 stars Aug 24, 2020
I was disappointed in these. Easy to set up, and seeds germinated well, but the seedlings generally could not ever get through the walls of the pots; some were able to sufficiently access through the seams, but I still needed to remove the seedlings from the pots to plant. A waste of money for me.
Amy Martin from CO
Owner Response: Hello Amy, The bottom of the pots is perforated and tears away to quickly free roots from the pot. Once transplanted into the soil the pot will also quickly biodegrade however, how long that takes depends on the soil type and moisture. Being sure to bury to the top of the pot also helps since if left above ground it can act as a wick in your arid climate. We hope you will try these again some time.

Seedlings didn't like these pots

1 out of 5 stars May 11, 2021
I really wanted to like these paper pots. I thought they would save time and money but my seedlings did not like the pots. There is so much white mold growing on both the outside and inside. I have a fan on, but my seedlings are not thriving, just dying. I had to spend extra money and buy real plants.
Kim from IL
Owner Response: Mold on the paper pots over time is normal and a good indicator of how well they biodegrade. The mold is not harmful to seedlings and is decomposing the paper material, not the plants. We are always happy to help troubleshoot the growing conditions you mentioned, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Recycled paper pots

5 out of 5 stars Jan 9, 2022
I love these pots. Have told everyone I know who gardens about them.
Marion from NH

Great Starter Pots

5 out of 5 stars Jan 25, 2022
These pots worked amazingly well and I will probably purchase again this year. Held up well when wet and planted with ease and did not fall apart as I was afraid they might.
Linda from PA

Great Larger Paper Pots

5 out of 5 stars Jan 25, 2022
Bought these and the smaller ones...super that they are recycled paper. They also worked well like the smaller ones, held up well when wet and planted with no falling apart.
Linda from PA

Paper Pots for the win!

4 out of 5 stars Mar 6, 2022
I always have trouble remembering to sterilize plastic trays and I also hate having to transfer from plastic cells since I am not very careful with the roots. The paper pot is a great solution for me and I love how the bottom tears off and I also don't need to worry about buying more plastic. They should mention that using continuously moist cardboard benefits from a very bright light setup, else mold/fungus will take over very quickly! I found that happened in one situation and I had to place my tray outside in full sun for a day to kill off the mold, but it was salvageable. If you have seeds that require a longer germination or germination in darkness, this might not be the right grow containers. I have not used the 4" size as the cardboard becomes fragile after being moist for a few weeks and I am afraid of the bottom falling out. The 3" size seems "JUST" sturdy enough. I love these and have purchased multiple times now. The spot on the outside of the pot for writing I have not found a use for yet, I find I still need to add plant tags to the pots. Also, the extra cardboard tray that comes with the 1 1/4" pack just falls apart and I have not found a good use for that either. I just been throwing it straight into my compost bin.
Terra from CA

Paper pots

5 out of 5 stars Apr 13, 2022
I love these pots, the super handy perforated bottoms so seedlings can be transplanted when ready with minimal root disturbance
Pamela from MT

Wish they worked better for me

1 out of 5 stars Jun 13, 2022
I tried these two years in a row and was very disappointed. The first year they kept drying out and none of my seeds took. The second year I put them in an environment that would provide more heat and moisture than last time, and they promptly developed mildew on the sides, forcing me to throw out those seedlings. Maybe I'm not a pro at seed starting but I had better luck with reused plastic pots, so it's not just me. I don't get how you can keep the contents moist enough without developing mildew.
Elly from WI
Owner Response: Hi Elly, We're sorry that you did not enjoy this product. Mold on the paper pots over time indicates the pots are biodegrading and is not harmful to the seedling. Ensuring the pot is moist and below ground will also ensure proper function. We hope you try again as this is a customer favorite! Feel free to reach out with any questions, as we are happy to help!

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