Recycled Paper Pots

4.3 out of 5 stars
(10 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

10 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

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