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Mark McDonald
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I am looking for the best deal on seed starting supplies. I will be starting seeds indoors and maybe some out in a greenhouse soon and I need a good bulk supplier. The various prices from different sources is confusing. I need things like flats and differant size cell packs. Does anyone have a great online source?
 
Jeanine Gurley Jacildone
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Mark, I collect gallon milk/water containers and the large pop bottles for starting seeds.  Friends supply me with them for free.

I have found that it is the easiest way for me to start seeds, least amount of watering, and few if any problems with mildew and other seed starting illnesses. And they are free.
 
Emily Smith
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Jeanine Gurley Jacildone wrote:Mark, I collect gallon milk/water containers and the large pop bottles for starting seeds.  Friends supply me with them for free.

I have found that it is the easiest way for me to start seeds, least amount of watering, and few if any problems with mildew and other seed starting illnesses. And they are free.


This is pure genius!

EtA:  But to the OP, if that doesn't work for you right now, I found this as the best deal for the standard little starter trays: Seed Starter Tray
 
Mark McDonald
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Thanks for the tips. I probably will start some winter sowing with milk jugs etc for my own stuff. I asked the original question for selling plant starts in spring.

Its funny because I found that same deal on amazon. Wierd how some of these so called supply houses can't beat amazon.
 
Joseph Lofthouse
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I buy those sorts of trays for 99 cents per flat at local nurseries. My favorite nursery will order custom sizes for me if I need them in large quantities.



 
Tracy Wandling
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I am eliminating plastic seed trays by using soil blockers. They are a bit pricey to purchase, but I believe that they will pay for themselves in a short time as I won't be buying plastic seed trays, and the soil blockers will last forever. I did purchase peat last year to make the soil block mix, but starting next year I'll have my own leaf mould, compost and soil to use, so there won't be any purchased inputs except perhaps some rock dust.

I started all my plants in soil blocks last year, and once you get the rhythm of it, it doesn't take long to do up a few hundred blocks. Once the plants have filled the blocks with roots, they are very easy to handle, and I believe that I'll be able to sell plant starts in these soil blocks, without using cell packs. I'll be sure to do up a thread about how well that works out this year.

But I really found the soil blocks to be a wonderful thing. So easy to make, so much faster to plant, much healthier root systems, and we made the flats that they sit on out of scrap wood.

Just a thought.
 
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I use a lot of 16 or 20 oz plastic "solo" cups.  I take several at a time stacked together and drill drain holes in the bottom to suit my needs.  Works like a charm. I also wind up getting some trays and containers at local nurseries/greenhouses toward the end of the season.  For them it is usually less expensive to buy new instead of paying someone to wash used containers.  They pile them up and they are free for the taking.  The Alaska botanical gardens in Anchorage also hosts a recycle day where folks can bring in their old pots, trays etc for recycling.  You can drop off or go through and collect containers.  Nice way to find new to you stuff.  I've got several really large pots that would've cost $20 each if purchased for free that way.
 
Mark McDonald
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I use the solo cups also. I wash like at least 75 percent of what I use in a light bleach mix and resume also. The nursery around here want like 5 dollars for a tray. They are selling to hobbyists I suppose.

Some great tips here, I may just scrounge around a bit more before buying anything as I have some on hand and still have time.
 
Kris Mendoza
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If you want to plant in a small peat pot, I have found that toilet paper tubes work well.
 
Joseph Lofthouse
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In my climate, paper pots dry out very quickly. So I stopped using them.

Tracy: How do you irrigate soil blocks?

 
Tracy Wandling
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Joseph: I just water them. At first I use the 'fine mist' setting on my wand watering thingy, but after a few days they are strong enough for regular watering. Eventually, when I have a dedicated space for growing seedings outside, I'll have a system where they are watered from the bottom - sort of like flood irrigation.
 
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http://www.greenhousemegastore.com/category/potting-accessories

Have you tried this place?  Without knowing some more specifics, it's kind of hard to help. A google search for "nursery flats wholesale" produced quite a few sources to choose from. And a cross check against the Amazon listing suggests that greenhouse megastore is lower cost than the amazon source.
 
Mark McDonald
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. Thanks.
 
I agree. Here's the link: http://richsoil.com/email
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