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Old March 10, 2014   #31
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Chamomile tea diluted and sprayed on the sides of the pots works.
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Old April 5, 2014   #32
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Yeah i will third or maybe even fourth the McConkey suggestion. I got 500, 4 inch pots and 100, 18 pot seed trays for 110 bucks.

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Old April 24, 2014   #33
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Default Or you could go refurbished pots...

Man, you guys buy pots in bulk!

Looks to me like getting 100 4" pots with associated trays will run anywhere from $50 to $60 with shipping at any of the many options posted in this thread.

Another route is to go to your friendly neighborhood plant nursery and purchase their used 4" pots with carrying trays and then soak them in 5% bleach when you get home.

I would think they would sell them to you 50% less than what you can get them for when purchasing them new.

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Old January 28, 2015   #34
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I use cups from coffee machine (pictures). Zero price for used material.
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Old January 28, 2015   #35
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The 8 ounce Styrofoam cups are really cheap like 50 for a $1. I use then and put a pin hole a inch from the bottom for drainage or if I water from the bottom I put a pin hole in the bottom of the cup! Its easy to get the dirt out also! Water the plants with warm water and it stays warm for a good while inside the Styrofoam! To make large pots for flowers lighter I put the crussed cups at the bottom so the big 2 to 4 gallon pots or planters are lighter.!
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Old March 8, 2015   #36
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I love the perforated board I assume you made to hold the cups upright. I would love to do this. What material and tools did you use ?
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Old March 9, 2015   #37
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Wood drill jig, 7 diameters: 26-32-38-45-50-56-63mm.
The material in our country appoints Sololak and it is hard fiberboard made wet method (one face white). I don´t know the American equivalent.
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Here it is called Hardboard, high density fiber board (HDF) fiber board and Masonite.
Also Isorel

The other thing is called a hole saw.
Mine are like this and I have had them for years for work.

You must be very careful with them because if they grab it can break the bit or break your wrist get hung up in pants leg and so on.





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I should point it out that when choosing pots, it is best to work with SQUARE ones other than round ones, as the latter tends to roll and fall, a lot less steady when you carry them out in a tray, or in a moving car (like giving plants to friends). The square ones also fit the rectangle nursery trays better, stack them one next to the other, with no space wasted.
Costco sells the red drink plastic cups, round but squeezed flat on two sides, that is fine.
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I should point it out that when choosing pots, it is best to work with SQUARE ones other than round ones, as the latter tends to roll and fall, a lot less steady when you carry them out in a tray, or in a moving car (like giving plants to friends). The square ones also fit the rectangle nursery trays better, stack them one next to the other, with no space wasted.
Costco sells the red drink plastic cups, round but squeezed flat on two sides, that is fine.
You just made me think of something.
For some time now I have been thinking about swedging (forming)small vegetable cans to grow tomatoes in.
To do this I would need to have a block of steel with about a 10 degree taper.
Why not make it square with rounded corners.

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I'd rather have square cups. But coffee cups in a vending machine are all conical.
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I'd rather have square cups. But coffee cups in a vending machine are all conical.
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With your system, you are better off with the round cups; square hole saws are hard to find.

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Old June 6, 2017   #43
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Hello guys. I'm thinking of planting seedlings in solo cups. Is that okay? Plus how many drainage holes do I put?
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Solo cups work fine. I usually take scissors and cut four slits off the bottom edges of the cup.
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Old June 10, 2017   #45
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Thank you very much. Perlite or vermiculite isn't sold where I'm at. Can I use styrofoam instead?
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