Natural fiber plant pots are biodegradable gardening supplies that enable the home grower to start seeds indoors and transplant them with ease. Since they are made of natural fibers, these pots will decompose when planted in your lawn. However, the decomposition process may take several weeks, as it would when you are composting. However, you can expedite decomposition through using fewer layers and narrower strips of material during construction or removing some of the pot before planting.
Things You'll Need
- Natural fiber
- 1/4-cup cornstarch
- 2/3-cup water
Get a natural material such as unbleached paper. Tear strips of material 3 inches wide.
Make cornstarch glue. Mix cornstarch and water in a pot. Heat until translucent and thick like petroleum jelly. Remove from the heat and set aside until cool to the touch.
Wrap three layers of natural material around the exterior of a glass, using the form as a mold. Apply a small amount of cornstarch glue to the edges of the paper to hold it in place.
Rub cornstarch glue over the entire pot. Apply another layer of paper. Repeat two to three more times.
Remove the pot from the mold and dry in a sunny area.
Fill the pot with soil and use to start plants indoors, then transfer the entire pot into the ground; the pot will decompose, causing no harm to the plant and surrounding soil.
Tips & Warnings
- Since your natural pots are made of organic materials, they will eventually begin to decompose or develop fungal growths. Compost unused pots with your other food wastes to avoid throwing away materials.
- Photo Credit Chris Clinton/Lifesize/Getty Images
Difference Between Synthetic & Natural Fiber Rope
The main differences between synthetic and natural fiber ropes are the materials used during construction. Each material can greatly affect the use...
How to Plant Biodegradable Paper Pots (or Pulp Pots)
Many nurseries are selling trees and shrubs planted in pressed paper pots, also known as pulp pots, that are meant to be...
How to Create Beautiful Flower Pot Gardens
Arrangements of potted flowering plants add beauty and life to corners of the patio, porch or backyard, coordinating colors, shapes and sizes...
How to Make a Plant Pot From a Milk Carton
It's not necessary to spend a lot of money on plant containers, especially when you are trying your best to recycle, reuse...
How to Plant in Coconut Fiber Hanging Baskets
Hanging flower baskets are evocative of small, quaint towns with their friendly nature and beauty. Baskets on porches remind us of a...
How to Clean Natural Fiber Rugs
Natural fiber rugs are attractive alternatives to synthetic fabrics. When properly maintained, natural fibers can continue to look as good as new...