How to sow large seeds in pots or modules

How to…

This guide will show how to sow large seeds such as peas, beans, pumpkins, courgettes and sunflowers in pots.

  • Estimated time: 15 minutes
  • Location: Outdoors & Indoors
  • School term: All year round
  • Level of experience: No experience needed


As these seeds are large and easy to handle they will grow into large seedlings. Use plastic pots, module seed trays or newspaper pots you have made yourself for this activity.

  1. Gather the equipment together that you will need to sow the seeds. It's a good idea to write the label at the start.

  2. Fill the module or pot with potting compost. Tap on the bench to level the surface. Remember to allow space for watering at the top.

  3. Make holes in the centre of each pot or module cell with a pencil or dibber.

  4. Empty the seeds from the packet into your hand. They should be big enough for you to pick up one at a time.

  5. Place one seed in each hole; make sure it goes to the bottom. Tap the pot or tray on the table and the holes (and seeds) will dissappear.

  6. Make sure your seeds are labelled and put them where they are going to grow on. Remember to water them in.

Additional information

Look at this link for more details about propagation; click here

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