Protecting Seedlings

Category Helpful Hints
Young tender plants often need support and protection from the wind, as well as, browsing animals and birds. This page is about protecting seedlings.
Advertisement

Solutions

Share on ThriftyFunThis page contains the following solutions. Have something to add? Please share your solution!

May 4, 2010

I just planted my garden for this year. I had started the plants indoors, and we live in the Panhandle of Texas where we get LOTS of wind. I planted these small delicate plants on a very nice day. Then, of course, this morning the wind started blowing. I'm concerned the small plants will be blown to death, and I'll be out there with nothing left in my garden.

So, I got some 2 liter bottles that I had in my recycling bin. I also had some water bottles saved for recycling too. I cut the bottom and the top off and slid them down over my small delicate plants to protect them from the wind. They will still receive the light and I can still water them. This is working great for these plants.

Advertisement

By Nana from Panhandle of Texas

Comment Was this helpful? 7
Read More Comments

When you want to grow a small amount of seeds, and know exactly where you've planted them, use a toilet paper tube.

Holding the cardboard tube upright, take your scissors and cut upwards about 1 1/2 inches all around the bottom of the roll. You will need to have the strips wide enough to push all of them towards each other to seal off the bottom.

You can also using a small tomato paste can and push newspaper down into the empty can. Cut the paper around the top of the can so it won't hang over the edges, then pop it out of the can and you have another holder.

Just dig holes in the ground, put your growing medium in the container, add the seeds, then I use a plastic knife or something to identify what seeds they are.

Advertisement

Hope you have as much fun as I do making these.

By Patricia from Bay City, MI

Comment Was this helpful? 3
Read More Comments

Another use for toilet paper rolls. If you start plants that produce fragile seedlings (like sweet peas) that don't like transplanting, plant them vertically encased in a toilet paper roll. When it's time to transplant, remove the roll and seedling from your medium intact and transplant the whole thing. The roll protects the plant during the transport and after relocating. Then the roll just biodegrades into your soil.

Source: Garden Club info on winter seeding.

By Jeannie from Vancouver BC

Comment Was this helpful? 6

Anxious to get our tomato seedlings into the ground, I thought of a way to protect the cute little plants from birds. Grab an old metal cloths hanger by the hook end with one hand and grab the middle of the longer (bottom) part of the hanger with the other hand.

Comment Was this helpful? 4
Read More...

I've always had a problem with critters eating my sunflowers (and other young flowers) after I plant the seedlings out into the garden. This year I'm protecting them with paper towel tubes or even wrapping paper tubes for taller seedlings and TP tubes for smaller ones.

Paper towel tube supporting a sunflower seedling.

Comment Pin it! Was this helpful? 3
Read More...

February 22, 2011

It's a universal experience among gardeners, especially in the spring-yanking out a weed only to find out later it was really a "wanted". Weeds will do whatever it takes to survive, even disguising themselves as other plants.

Weeding

Comment Pin it! Was this helpful? Yes
Read More...

Young trees are a favorite snack of hungry deer, especially in the spring and fall while there's still snow on the ground. Most young pines can recover from minor amounts of repeat browsing as long as the terminal bud remains intact.

Protecting Pine Seedlings From Deer Browsing

Comment Pin it! Was this helpful? Yes
Read More...

Protect your seedlings from cold weather or hard rain by cutting a plastic bottle and putting it on top of your plant. You could also buy glass ones but they are very expensive and they can break.

Advertisement

You can use recycled jugs for free and have the same benefit.

Plastic bottle to protect seedlings.

Comment Pin it! Was this helpful? 1

My sweet grandson always comes over to weed eat in my yard. He cannot tell a weed from a new plant I've put out and has hacked a few of my plants down by accident. Now I cut the top and bottom out of a tin can.

Comment Was this helpful? 1
Read More...

If you have some plants that need protecting from frost, use a clay pot over the top of your seedling. Plastic bottles will work as well. Be sure to remove them so your plant can get the sun the next day.

Comment Was this helpful? Yes

September 17, 2013

Use the free supermarket plastic carrier bags as small windbreaks for recently planted seedlings.

Comment Was this helpful? Yes

During hot days, put pinestraw on top of new trees or plants to keep the sun from burning them.

Comment Was this helpful? Yes
Read More...

March 15, 2017

With some creativity you can protect your young tomato seedlings and get a jump on the growing season. This is a page about protecting tomato seedlings.

Protecting Tomato Seedlings

Read More... Pin it! Was this helpful? Yes

Archives

ThriftyFun is one of the longest running frugal living communities on the Internet. These are archives of older discussions.

May 13, 2009

Cut off the tops of 2 liter plastic soft drink bottles to use to protect seedlings (and to discourage cutworms). Use the bottoms of the bottles as saucers for potted plants. They work great and will protect surfaces from spills if you over water.

Advertisement


By Laurie from Fairbanks, AK

Comment Was this helpful? Yes

July 1, 2008

My tip for protecting small plants and starters is to cover them with a 2 liter clear plastic soda bottle. I cut off the bottom and discard it. Then I place the remaining bottle over my small or sensitive plants and flowers to protect them from the elements. The great thing about this is that the bottles are clear so they continue to get sun and if I need to water them, I simple unscrew the bottle tops, give them a little drink and air during the day and then close them back up at night. This system has been working very will for me since I started doing it several years ago. Of course I have only a balcony garden as I live in the middle of a large city.
Advertisement


By Lisingreece from Greece

Comment Was this helpful? Yes
Advertisement

Categories
Home and Garden Gardening Helpful HintsMay 15, 2012
Pages
More
🐛
Pest Control
📓
Back to School Ideas!
🌻
Gardening
😎
Summer Ideas!
😷
Coronavirus Tips
Facebook
Pinterest
YouTube
Instagram
Contests!
Newsletters
Ask a Question
Share a Post
Categories
Better LivingBudget & FinanceBusiness and LegalComputersConsumer AdviceCoronavirusCraftsEducationEntertainmentFood and RecipesHealth & BeautyHolidays and PartiesHome and GardenMake Your OwnOrganizingParentingPetsPhotosTravel and RecreationWeddings
Published by ThriftyFun.
Desktop Page | View Mobile
Disclaimer | Privacy Policy | Contact Us
Generated 2020-07-24 01:09:41 in 3 secs. ⛅️️
© 1997-2020 by Cumuli, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
https://www.thriftyfun.com/tf/Gardening/Helpful_Hints/Protecting-Seedlings.html

Add to PageAsk a Question