interested in star/heart molds to grow cucumbers/zucchini in?

ameera(z11 Dubai)February 23, 2012

Hi, I posted this in the vegetable forum and was referred to this forum for this post :)

Just in case anyone is interested in trying to grow cucumbers in molds that will make heart or star shaped cucumber slices (can also do zucchini), I bought some from Japan that seem nice and sturdy. My only problem is I haven't been able to use them because I can't seem to grow cucumber plants.

My plants germinated just fine but then got infested with flea beatles (the plant wasn't even 5 inches tall yet) and even though I kept picking them off the leaves, I guess I either damaged the leaves or the babies destroyed the plants at root level?

I just re-planted seeds in hopes to try it again.

I bought a total of 12 molds (6 packs--there are two in each pack), including shipping (and this was without the current shipping special they have, I paid the full shipping cost), for $145

On Ebay, this seller is selling 3 molds for $115:

Ebay 1

Also on Ebay, this seller is selling each pack for $87 (then you have to pay $18 for international shipping)!!

Ebay 2

I bought these exact same ones Here --and including using the buyer service from Tenso (explained later) the total cost of 6 packs was $92.50 (this is without the shipping cost)---and that seller is selling 1 pack for $87, that is crazy!

I hope I can explain this all without confusion... Note, you must have Paypal

You sign up with Tenso:

Tenso

Then use their buyer service to purchase the items-

Tenso buying service application:

Tenso Buying Service

the url you will need to enter for the item is:

http://global.rakuten.com/en/store/gardening/item/365749-2/

note: if you buy at least 3,150yen the domestic shipping will be free (from the seller to the Tenso address)

Tenso will then email you an invoice which you pay via Paypal.

Once the item arrives to Tenso, they will send an invoice the the shipping/handling.

They mail the items EMS so it is express shipping.

Here was the breakdown of what my order was:

6 2-pack molds 5,880yen ($73.24)

Tenso buying service fee: 1,500yen ($18.68)

EMS shipping fee: 3,200yen ($39.85)

Tenso service fee: 980yen ($12.20)

Total: 11,560yen ($143.97)

Right now, Tenso is having a 1,000yen international shipping special (for shipping costs up to 5,000yen)

If I knew they did this shipping special from time to time I would have waited... my total would have been 9,360yen ($116.52) instead!

I hope that all made sense because its going to get a bit more complicated LOL

ok, so my package weight was 1,340g

If you want to stay within the 5,000yen limit for the 1,000yen shipping special, you can buy 2,500g worth of the molds--approximately 5 more orders than I did (total of 11, maybe 10 to be safe)

if you don't mind paying a bit extra for shipping (anything over 5,000yen) you can get 2 more on top of all that with the same service fee of 980yen (up to 3,000g, with shipping becoming 5,400yen (400yen above the special offer limit) so with the special you will end up paying 1,400yen total for the shipping) --but if you want to buy more you will go above 3,000g and the service fee jumps to 1,580yen, and the shipping goes up too)

so sorry if that all didn't make any sense. This took me forever to write and I am too tired to try to rewrite anymore LOL

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myfamilysfarm

looks interesting, but I don't think any of my customers would buy them, sorry.

    Bookmark   February 23, 2012 at 8:03PM
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magz88(5a - Central Ontario)

Neat idea! A bit expensive for me at this point.

    Bookmark   February 24, 2012 at 9:52AM
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boulderbelt(5/6)

I once owned an eggplant that was grown in a mold-it was a gnome head and it was strange. And the thing even after 12 months did not rot-it did slowly dehydrate and shrink away, though

Here is a link that might be useful: Eggplanthead Zen

    Bookmark   February 24, 2012 at 3:02PM
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ameera(z11 Dubai)

I forgot I had posted this on here... boulderbelt that is a hilarious eggplant!! love it!

    Bookmark   January 11, 2013 at 7:59PM
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Sandi1958

www.veggiemold.com has heart and star shaped fruit and vegetable molds in three sizes and very reasonably priced packages

Here is a link that might be useful: http://www.veggiemold.com

    Bookmark   April 2, 2014 at 5:30PM
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boulderbelt(5/6)

I now own several gnome molds as well as heart and diamond molds for zukes and other looong veggies. I got 'em right at the end of the growing season last year so I had nothing growing well enough to make them work. But this year i plan on growing eggplant gnome as well as molded zukes for my CSA members (kids ought to get a kick out of such things as well as many of my adult members).

It turns out the son of a colleague of my late father was the guy who invented the gnome veggie mold and he is a FB friend and he sent me a big box of the molds (he is no longer in the veggie mold business so he doesn't sell' em). It will be fun using them this season

    Bookmark   April 3, 2014 at 6:36AM
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boston3381(7)

ok now I have seen it all, my live is complete :)

    Bookmark   April 8, 2014 at 9:32PM
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boston3381(7)

OK now my life isn't complete just spent 10 minutes trying to find out where I can buy them cheep..

i grow about 100 or so cucumber plants for market. love to try this on a few plants just for the fun of it.. :)

    Bookmark   April 8, 2014 at 9:55PM
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