Starting weed seeds in cowpots

Cowpot experience or info?

I have tried these in the veggie garden with poor results. They were very hard to keep moist as seedlings before planting, and there was still a lot of the pot left at harvest. The roots were certainly restricted.

Stank J.P.

They suck, do not use them. My experience was similar to Stoney Johnson – the pots do NOT break down like they claim which restricts root growth.


Yeah, someone gave me some and I ended up crumbling them into the compost pile after a basil plant got burned and crowded in one. Gimmicky crap.

New member

CowPots are not Gimmicky crap.

CowPots are not Gimmicky crap.

We’ve been in the horticulture business for over 50 years and CowPots have been proven in university studies to be a better pot for seed starting.

Are you guys sure you weren’t using another bio pot? CowPots are the only bio pot that actually degrades, where fiber pots can take up to 3 years to degrade. Within 3 weeks of being planted, based on the level of microrganisms in your soil, the pot has already started to break down (see lettuce below).

It is virtually impossible for roots to be “crowded” in a CowPot. The roots emerge when the pot walls are wet, and air prune when the pot is dry, enabling root shoots to branch off the main root that emerged.

Check out the photos below, click on them to make them bigger – These are plants grown in CowPots. You can see on the sixcell that even the tiniest roots can emerge through the porous walls of a CowPot.

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You guys need to give CowPots another chance.

Properly manage your water, and be sure you are actually using CowPots and not some other bio pot.

How to Use

Fill CowPots with potting soil mix and plant seeds (according to directions on the seed packet) or transplant seedling.

  • Make sure to use the appropriate size CowPot when planting.

Water and fertilize as needed.

  • CowPots can be top or bottom watered
  • Manure naturally retains moisture—make sure not to over water.

Give the pot time to harden between watering.

  • (prevents overwatering and reduces spores from forming molds if permitted to dry)
  • If possible leave space between pots to maximize air circulation. (improves pot performance and plant health)
  • Allow pot to dry before handling.
  • (CowPots are fragile when wet)
Helpful Hint:

CowPots turn dark brown when wet,

and light brown when its time to water again!


When seedlings are ready for planting, place entire CowPot into soil, cover and water.

  • Do not break up the CowPot.
  • (Roots are waiting for contact with soil to continue to grow,
  • breaking the pot will damage the roots creating transplantshock)
  • Plant entire CowPotand cover completely with soil.

CowPots last for months above ground but once transplanted into garden soil, the pots begin to degrade and enhance your garden soil.

CowPots Seed Starter Pots

Made from 100-Percent renewable composted cow manure, CowPots give seedlings a better start. Tender, young roots easily penetrate the sides and bottoms of CowPots, allowing for unrestricted growth and healthier roots mean stronger plants. Planted CowPots breakdown fast in the ground. Composted manure naturally biodegrades quickly, so at 3 to 4 weeks, decomposition is well underway. CowPots are long-lasting before planting seedlings in the ground ��� staying intact for up to 12 weeks ��� plenty of time to give seedlings a good strong start. Best of all, the manure in Cowpots is a renewable resource, unlike peat which is mined from bog eco-systems or plastic which is derived from finite fossil sources.

  • 3″ round /��12 count
  • 3″��square /��12 count
  • 3″��square 6 cell flats / 3 flats
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