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Old December 27, 2012   #1
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Default Suggestions on source for trays and pots

I'm amping up the seed starting this year, into the thousands.

I have a hoop house and have started seeds indoors, then I move them. It's starting time here and I am having trouble finding decent pricing for trays and pots and all of that. Nothing exciting on Ebay or CL.

Any suggestions?

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Old December 27, 2012   #2
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A local hydroponic store has everything you could ever need. I also use amazon for most many of my purchases.
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A local hydroponic store has everything you could ever need. I also use amazon for most many of my purchases.

Sell the plants in early spring, sell the produce at market after that. Vicious cycle I guess.
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Old December 27, 2012   #4
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There are plenty of places on line unfortunately I am not familiar with them I'm sure many others are.

I just want to suggest going by local nursery's and asking around. If anything they may sell you pots for very cheap. I have been to 3 around me several times they are more than hapy to give me pots. Espeacially the bigger ones. That is just an idea to get you started at least it might only cost you the gas to get there. Winter is a good time to since they are in clean up mode.

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I've used this one and had good prices and wonderful service.

http://www.greenhousemegastore.com/
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Old December 28, 2012   #6
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I've used this one and had good prices and wonderful service.

http://www.greenhousemegastore.com/
This is the same one I use. Prices are fair in my opinion.
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Old December 29, 2012   #7
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This thread and the addition of so many new people has caused me to wonder whether the site could use a new section of local sources by country/zone/metro area. For example if you're looking for a local source of Actinovate or something less shipping friendly (like rabbit manure.)

I know the gatherings area has some geographic breakouts, and one of the lovely things about this site is how global it is... but it might be beneficial to have a few areas where someone can ask where to get coconut coir in your state.

I've started searching for a group of gardeners in my city, just to get other specific feedback and share ideas. There is something through Meetup, but it's a little broader than gardening, it's organic, sustainable living, etc. Also my county extension does offer some classes and such; I hope to attend some.

This was also prompted by finding a Craigslist post for llama poo out in Brevard County (FL). Must admit I'm interested!
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Old December 27, 2012   #8
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I use the same place as Ted has linked. One caveat, order early, some pots get back ordered at high season and one year I had to take larger pots that didn't fit my trays, so I had to order trays also. So now every year I have to match up the trays and pots before I start when it would be much easier to have all one size.

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Try this one too. I got 100 4" pots for 18.00 but it's cheaper in large bulk. The shipping added 11.00 though.
http://www.farmtek.com/farm/supplies/home
seems to be an incredibly comprehensive store.
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I'm amping up the seed starting this year, into the thousands.

I have a hoop house and have started seeds indoors, then I move them. It's starting time here and I am having trouble finding decent pricing for trays and pots and all of that. Nothing exciting on Ebay or CL.

Any suggestions?

Thanks as always.
Well, the technique is out of favor with the advent of plastics, and many here will jump all over me for even suggesting it. However, you certainly can start and pot loads of seeds cheap, cheap, cheap.

Just make home made paper pots. You do it by wrapping a layer of newspaper around a cup or can and "molding" the bottom. It is surprisingly easy once you get the knack of it.

Paper pots

They even have a paper pot maker at Burpee in North America or seedaholic if you are in Europe. Sorry I don't know who might make them down under.
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Shipping gets out of control quickly on tray inserts and pots. Try to get as local as you can.

If you can open an account with BWI that would be great. They are a reliable wholesale company and actually have route trucks in your area. Minimum order amount might make it not so practical. If you can't come up with the minimum then perhaps others in your area could form a co-op to buy from them.

http://www.bwicompanies.com/default.aspx

Another one that is sort of close is http://www.growersupply.com/

I got my 3201 sheet pots from them last year and they were quick, and cost effective. Their prices are always good and the shipping is decent because they are so close to me. I am very pleased with B & T Grower Supply and I will use them again this year for the bulk of my supplies.

I have also ordered from Green House Megastore as Ted suggests and they are very good too.

Best of luck.

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Well, the technique is out of favor with the advent of plastics, and many here will jump all over me for even suggesting it. However, you certainly can start and pot loads of seeds cheap, cheap, cheap.

Just make home made paper pots. You do it by wrapping a layer of newspaper around a cup or can and "molding" the bottom. It is surprisingly easy once you get the knack of it.

Paper pots

They even have a paper pot maker at Burpee in North America or seedaholic if you are in Europe. Sorry I don't know who might make them down under.
I used paper pots but now they are all covered with white mold. Any suggestions?

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Old March 10, 2014   #13
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Default Planter pots

If you want something cheap and easy to work with I suggest the 8.5 ounce Styrofoam cups that are about 2 cents each. You can put a needle hole a half inch from the bottom for drainage but still have a half inch of water kept in the bottom!

They are easy to take your plants out when ready to trans plant and even use over. The white reflects light back to the leaves and makes stronger growth! I plan on using a lot of them this year. You can buy 51 for a little over a 100 at the dollar stores!
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Old March 10, 2014   #14
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I used paper pots but now they are all covered with white mold. Any suggestions?

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Air movement will stop that so a small fan is what you need!
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Old December 27, 2012   #15
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I bought a couple of times from these folks and was very satisfied:

http://www.novoselenterprises.com/pr...dlingtrays.asp

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