Potting up new seedlings

Some of the recent seeds I sowed last month have sprouted. They were sowed in a large pot and now ready to be transferred into their permanent pot. I chose a 6-inch pot and have many numerous drainage holes at the bottom. It is very important to have good water drainage which most plants will prefer.

IMG_1717 Coco chips

But with bigger and more drainage holes can also mean the potting media will also leak out of the pot! Here’s a useful tip to prevent this from happening. I have placed a thin layer of coco chips or coconut husks to cover the holes. They are larger chunks and fibrous enough to prevent the potting media to leak out.

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    A  layer of coco chips at the bottom                     Top up with potting media          

Next, I added the potting media to the pot. The potting media I used for this pot is one of the best mix around. It is mixed with good amount of compost as well as draining media such as charcoal chips. It is also not very lumpy and even smells good! For me, my choice of good garden is good drainage, not lumpy and darker in colour.


The seedlings are then removed from the soil and potted into the new media. Try to use your finger to “dig” a hole deep enough to cover the entire root ball or root system of the seedling. This will ensure that the seedling is stable and increase its chances of survival. After that, water the pot till water leaks out from the bottom of the pot. Only then, the entire pot is thoroughly watered. You may notice that the soil level will sink down by a centimetre and you can add more media if you want to.

  1. rozas
    November 29, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    Hi there! May i know what potting soil/compost you use for your plants? Do you buy it or you mix it yourself?

    • Richmond Tan
      November 30, 2009 at 11:07 am

      A typical mix is 1:1 burnt soil and compost… I usually mix my own soil for most plants as this ensure the quality and the composition of the soil. Readily available mixed soil may contain pests and other fungus which can be a hassle in the future.
      Burnt soil helps to open up the soil and improve drainage, and compost are organic matter which provides the nutrients to the plants.

      • Lynette the Novice
        January 12, 2010 at 1:03 am

        hi there, may i know where to get burnt soil and things like perlite?

      • Richmond Tan
        January 14, 2010 at 9:08 pm

        Hi Lynette,

        Burnt soil is available in many local nurseries in Singapore. There are nurseries in the Khatib and Thomson area where they sell both burnt soil and perlite.

        Enjoy your gardening!

  2. judy
    November 30, 2009 at 10:11 am

    hi can i ask you a question?..do you grow african violets?..is there any way to change the colour of a african violet?..thanks!

    • Richmond Tan
      November 30, 2009 at 11:05 am

      If you mean changing the colour of the flowers, not really possible… There are thousands of cultivars and hybrids and each has its very own colour and pattern.

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