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Jiffy Seed Pellets Instructions
Seed pellets, sometimes called peat pellets, provide an alternative to the standard seedling pot when you start your garden transplants indoors. Jiffy, a brand of seed pellets, uses peat and coconut coir as the primary growing medium. In their dehydrated, compressed form, the pellets store well. With the addition of water, they quickly turn into a container and growing medium for your seedlings.
Seed pellets have a biodegradable net covering that helps them retain their shape once they expand. The netting fully encases the pellet on all sides but the top. The pellets must set in a tray that helps keep them upright once expanded. Arranging the pellets on the tray with the non-netted side on top ensures they are ready to plant once you add water. Fill the tray with 1 inch of water and allow the pellets to fully absorb the moisture and expand to their full height of about 3 inches. It can take the pellets 30 to 60 minutes to fully absorb the water, and in dry conditions, they may require more water to completely hydrate. If excess water remains in the tray, empty it before you plant.
Once hydrated, pellets perform just like a seedling pot filled with soil. Seeds are sown to the proper depth in the top of pellet, usually with two seeds planted in each pellet in case one seed fails to germinate. Covering the pellets with a layer of plastic wrap retains moisture during germination, so the pellets won’t require any additional watering until the seeds sprout. Once the first seedlings emerge, the plastic is removed and the plants require basic care to continue to growing well.
Most indoor-grown seedlings require six to eight hours of sunlight, so place them near a sunny window. The peat mixture in the pellets retains moisture well, but the plants will need watered when the pellet surface begins to dry. Pouring 1 inch of water into the tray allows the pellets to absorb the amount of moisture they need. Once the pellet surface becomes moist, the remaining water is emptied from the tray. The Jiffy brand pellets contain fertilizer to feed the seedlings until transplanting, so no additional fertilization is necessary. If both seeds sprout, pinch out weaker the plant when the stronger plant develops its second set of leaves.
Transplanting time depends on the specific plant, but most seedlings are moved to the garden when they are four to six weeks old and after frost danger is past. The pellets don’t require preparation before planting. The peat in the pellets can wick moisture away from the plant if it’s exposed. Avoid this issue by planting the pellets so the top surface is covered with a thin layer of garden soil. The netting and pellets break down as the plants grow.
Jenny Harrington has been a freelance writer since 2006. Her published articles have appeared in various print and online publications. Previously, she owned her own business, selling handmade items online, wholesale and at crafts fairs. Harrington’s specialties include small business information, crafting, decorating and gardening.
Jiffy Seed Pellets Instructions. Seed pellets, sometimes called peat pellets, provide an alternative to the standard seedling pot when you start your garden transplants indoors. Jiffy, a brand of seed pellets, uses peat and coconut coir as the primary growing medium. In their dehydrated, compressed form, the pellets …