Is Peat Free Compost Good for Seeds

Can you grow seeds in Peat Free Compost?

Peat free compost is a great choice for a wide range of horticultural and garden purposes, including potting containers, hanging baskets, and growing vegetables and tomatoes. Peat free compost can also make an excellent compost within which to sow seeds.

Seed compost from The Coconut Compost Company has been specially developed to provide the perfect environment to grow seeds and nurture seedlings without relying on environmentally harmful peat extraction.

How to grow seeds in peat free compost

To give your seeds the best chance of success, select containers equipped with drainage holes to prevent waterlogging. Fill these containers with top-quality peat-free compost, ensuring a level and lightly firmed surface. Sow your seeds following the recommended depth and spacing, gently pressing them into the compost’s surface or lightly covering them with compost. Evenly water the compost using a fine rose to prevent the seeds from being displaced.

Why is it best to grow seeds in peat free compost?

If you’re wondering why choose peat free compost for sowing seeds, then there are a number of benefits for you to consider. By eliminating traditional peat based compost, which contributes to habitat destruction and environmental degradation, you’re actively participating in the conservation of valuable ecosystems.

As well as being good for the planet, our peat free compost is also good for your seeds, ensuring good moisture retention and aeration. Made from coir, it is sieved to ensure that the structure of coir is consistent. (No particles too small or large). This makes it perfect for seeds and cuttings as it is the perfect environment for the roots of your plants to thrive and encourages fast germination.

If you’re looking for a more responsible and sustainable approach to cultivation without compromising on quality, then The Coconut Compost Company specialist seed and seedling compost is a great choice.

Advice and tips for growing seeds in peat free compost

Want to improve your seed sowing success rate? These easy-to-follow tips might help:

  • Choose a trusted peat free compost brand like The Coconut Compost Company for consistent quality.
  • Use fresh, viable seeds to ensure better germination rates.
  • Maintain consistent, but not excessive, moisture levels to prevent seedlings from drying out or becoming waterlogged.
  • Harden off seedlings gradually before transplanting them into the garden to help them adjust to outdoor conditions.


  • Which compost is best for sowing seeds?

    The ideal compost for sowing seeds is one that provides a fine, well-aerated texture while retaining moisture. Peat free compost, such as The Coconut Compost Company's seed compost, is an excellent choice. It provides excellent moisture retention and aeration for successful seed germination and supporting early growth. It's a sustainable option making it a planet-friendly and effective option for sowing seeds and seedlings. Farmers and professional growers across the UK and the globe now use peat free compost like coir to grow fruit and vegetables so it is a well-established medium.

  • How do you use peat free compost for seeds?

    If you’re wondering how to use peat free compost for seeds, the answer is simple. Fill seed trays or containers with the compost, gently firm it down, and sow your seeds according to the recommended depth and spacing for each plant variety. Keep the compost consistently moist but not waterlogged. Place the trays in a well-lit and warm location, and watch your seeds germinate and develop in your peat free compost.

  • Can I plant seeds in any compost?

    You can plant seeds in any compost but it's essential to consider the specific requirements of your seeds. Peat free compost is often the best choice for seeds because of its optimal moisture retention and aeration, which support successful germination and early growth. Using the right compost ensures your seeds get off to a healthy start. Seed sowing can be one of the best uses of peat free alternatives.

  • Is seed compost the same as normal compost?

    Seed compost is not the same as regular or multipurpose compost. Seed compost is specifically designed to provide the ideal conditions for germinating and nurturing seeds. It typically has a finer texture, enhanced moisture retention, and improved aeration to support young seedlings as they begin to grow.

  • Does peat free compost dry out quicker?

    Peat-free compost, like The Coconut Compost Company's seed compost, maintains moisture effectively, reducing the risk of rapid drying. Good moisture retention ensures that your seeds have all the water they need during their critical germination and early growth stage.

  • Do seeds decompose in compost?

    If seeds don’t germinate quickly and are allowed to stand in compost that is too wet for too long, they may begin to rot and decompose. Using specially formulated seed compost, such as the coir-based seed mix from The Coconut Compost Company helps to reduce the risk of seeds rotting before they have a chance to germinate and grow.