Hello and need help about purchasing plugs

reddogie(5)January 5, 2010

Hi all,

I've enjoyed this forum from afar for about a year or so. We will be in our third year of providing cutflowers for local small grocery markets and some subscriptions.

Although I have always started almost all my seedlings myself,I am realizing that there may be a more practical method (although more costly) i.e. purchasing plugs. I start seedlings under lights in a basement - but I do have two large hoop coldframes and will be adding an even larger one this spring. My need is to get a jump on the sluggish advent of summer here in mid-Maine.

A while back in the archives of this forum was a discussion about plugs and the various companies people used. Since those posts seem to be gone, I would love any help any of you veterans could give to me on how to purchase plugs, where, and if they really make sense.

Finally rested from last year's garden season and I'm getting antsy for the coming year!

Thank you all in advance!

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tommyk

They do if you have a greenhouse to continue them on growing. We've looked at plugs in the past but found that most of what we grow is not offered in plugs. Also you get maybe more than you need for a particular variety. We grow all our plants from seeds . . . more work, but you get what you want and in the quantities you want. In addition we have the space to grow everything from seed, almost 4,000 seedlings. If you are a bigger grower plugs may be the way to grow . . . but I still like the selection from seed and the option to grow as much or as little as you need.

    Bookmark   January 6, 2010 at 10:11AM
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kitkat_oregon(7)

I love plugs. I love them for stuff that has spotty germination, long germination times and they save time and energy, at least for me. Try Germania Seed, they represent a whole host of suppliers, many with small or no minimums. Some will charge a 19.95 fee for orders under a certain size or amount but then you do have to deal with shipping as well so try to choose vendors who are at least on your side of the continent. The suppliers usually offer a huge selection often with the most up to date 'fashion'flowers. Best of luck. Kat

    Bookmark   January 6, 2010 at 7:45PM
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bfff_tx(z8b TX)

Hi Reddogies
The main plug growers for annual cut flowers that I've purchased from are:-
Gro N Sell: - Pa
Headstart Nursery - Ca
C. Raker & Sons: - Mi
Plug Connection - Ca
Perennials can also be obtained from above, plus:-
Swift Greenhouse - Ia

Most of these companies will only accept orders through their brokers, so dependent on who you like dealing with, there's : - Germania, Fred C. Gloeckner & Co., Park Seed Wholesale and Harris Seeds.
Cheers Kim
Billabong Fresh Flower Farm

    Bookmark   January 15, 2010 at 4:27PM
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