Made of coir, or coconut hull fibers, Jiffy Pods are primarily used for starting seeds indoors. Because they are biodegradable and the entire pod can be transplanted into the garden or larger pots, Jiffy Pods are very useful for starting from seed plants that do not transplant easily or well. Rather than remove the plant from its nursery pot, it can be planted while still in its Jiffy Pod. The roots quickly grow through the pod in search of moisture and nutrients, and eventually the pod itself will decompose, causing no distress to your seedlings.
|Place your Jiffy Pods into a bowl of water. After 10 minutes you will notice them swell to 7x their starting size.
|Sow your seeds into each Jiffy Pod, following the directions in the "general planting advice" below.
|Set your Jiffy Pods in a saucer or shallow dish and move to an appropriate location for germination, as recommended by general planting advice. We recommend a sunny position or heating pad. As the seeds germinate, the plants can be watered by pouring water into your dish, or they can be watered from above with a watering can. Generally speaking, Jiffy Pods dry out faster than plastic or clay starter pots and will most likely require watering every few days.
|Transplant the plants into the garden or larger garden pots, without removing them from the Jiffy-Pots, at the appropriate time for both the plants and your climate. When transplanting, ensure that the entire pot is buried beneath the ground. If any portion of it is above the soil, it will wick water away from the roots of the plant, which will be unhealthy for your seedling.