How to Make a Seed Watering Pot

Posted on Feb 6 2012 - 1:51am by Mike Lieberman

Do you have problems watering your seeds?

Not sure the best way to water them?

I’ve had this problem too.

That’s why I am happy that I came across this DIY project on that I can share with you.

It’s DIY seed watering pot and it will help you to easily water your seeds without having the impact of the water harming them.

What you’ll need

  • Plastic jug of some kind – I used a milk container, but you can use a maple syrup container or something similar.
  • Drill and a 1/16″ drill bit or whatever size you find appropriate.

Make it in two simple steps by drilling

  • A hole in the cap.
  • Several holes in the bottom of the jug.

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To use your seed watering pot

  • Fill a bowl or dish with water.
  • Place your thumb over the hole in the cap and submerge it in the water.
  • Remove your thumb and you’ll feel the water being sucked up into the pot.
  • Remove the pot from the water with your thumb over the hole.
  • To water your seeds, put the watering pot over the seeds and remove your thumb.
  • A gentle flow of water should come out from the bottom.
  • To stop the flow, place your thumb back on the cap.

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This is a much gentler way to water your seedlings and not damage them.

Sound off

How do you water your seedlings?

10 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Craft Whimsy February 6, 2012 at 9:33 am -

    Sounds great!  I use the mist on my garden hose but even that sometimes blows them awry.

  2. Mary C. February 6, 2012 at 10:30 am -


    I usually start my own seedlings in nursery trays with coir, then put the them in a foam meat tray or plastic salad container. When the coir is looking dryish I pour water into the bottom tray, maybe a quarter inch deep and let the coir suck the water up as it needs. Keeps it from compacting and getting too soggy.

  3. Mike Lieberman February 6, 2012 at 12:57 pm -

    It’s tough.

  4. Mike Lieberman February 6, 2012 at 12:57 pm -

    I have some of those that I’m going to start messing with. How you likes?

  5. Mary C. February 6, 2012 at 1:08 pm -

     Works great! when I used to water by pouring water into each compartment of the nursery trays the seed starting mix would get a bit compacted every time. Letting them soak the water up from the bottom through the drain holes causes no compaction, and it works very easily with the coir. I think you’ll like it.

  6. Michelle A. February 12, 2012 at 6:58 pm -

    Great tip, thanks!  I’m looking forward to perusing more of your blog.  You’re totally inspiring me to get outside and get my garden growing! 😉

  7. Mike Lieberman February 12, 2012 at 7:56 pm -

    Get on it!

  8. Sallen1948pi February 12, 2012 at 11:13 pm -

    Yes, I have ruined seeds with too much water pressure!  Thank you for the tip!  I will make one tomorrow!  SA & PI

  9. Mike Lieberman February 13, 2012 at 7:59 am -

    Lemme know how it works for you.

  10. Starter Permaculture June 5, 2012 at 3:36 pm -

    Great idea

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