Where to get bulk plastic pots?

pointfinderFebruary 20, 2007

Hello, I'm a newbie so I hope this is the right place to post this. I am planning on selling some plants this year and need a good place to buy 6" plastic pots for my liners and divisions. I found B&T Supply online that sells them at $40 for 200, so thats about $200 for one thousand - which is how many I'd like to start with. Does this sound good or is there a better place to try. Thanks,

John

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mickey_dee2002(zone5 MI)

A M Leonard has some VCB15 which are 4 1/2" x 6" at 770 for $73.99 plus shipping http://www.amleo.com/index/item.cgi?cmd=view&Words=vcb15 If this will work for you it will be a little cheaper.

    Bookmark   February 20, 2007 at 10:33AM
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pointfinder

Thanks Mickey, that looks pretty good but isnt that made of the rigid plastic as oposed to the more flexible blow mold type? The rigid ones crack and break after a while.

    Bookmark   February 20, 2007 at 1:01PM
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mickey_dee2002(zone5 MI)

These are what I'm using to pot up my liners. I don't plan on keeping them around that long.

    Bookmark   February 20, 2007 at 5:17PM
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grandmascuttings

sounds like you found a better deal,the ones i was going to tell you about are 6"x5.75" @ 440 for 108$ , thanks ill check out your sources. this was harris seeds

    Bookmark   February 20, 2007 at 7:28PM
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little_dani(9, S. Tex Coast)

If either of you are into wholesale, there is BWI, a wholesale garden supply company.

You can google them.

Janie

    Bookmark   February 20, 2007 at 7:31PM
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glorialovesgardening

I get most of my pots used either from local landscapers who are delighted to get anywhere from a dime to a quarter each for them, or from our recycling center. I've found perfectly good garden hoses for $3 each! Might check it out.

    Bookmark   February 20, 2007 at 8:15PM
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pointfinder

Some great ideas! Thanks all.

    Bookmark   February 20, 2007 at 10:03PM
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jrod(z7 NM)

Used pots are great but I would highly recommend sterilizing the containers before using. I worked at a nursery and we lost thousands of dollars worth of plants because of diseases spread by using pots that were not sterilized.

    Bookmark   February 20, 2007 at 11:34PM
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pointfinder

Ok, so whats the best way to sterilize them? Could you dip em in a bucket of water and bleach?

    Bookmark   February 21, 2007 at 11:06AM
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jrod(z7 NM)

Use a 10% solution of bleach (9 Parts Water - 1 Part Bleach).

Here is a good pdf of plant hygiene. http://www.worldagroforestrycentre.org/NurseryManuals/Research/Hygiene.pdf

    Bookmark   February 21, 2007 at 4:12PM
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Grancru(z5 MI)

Get free pots at cragislist.com from local people/landscapers ect. I have had great success especially during the spring and summer months.

    Bookmark   February 28, 2007 at 10:53AM
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wantie(Z5 SW-Pa.)

They sell used pots on Ebay. I've been happy with the ones I've bought there.

    Bookmark   March 4, 2007 at 7:05PM
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annebert(6b/7a MD)

If you look into buying pots on line, make sure you check out what shipping costs add to the price. Some of the big wholesalers seem to have good prices until you find out that they only ship FedEx or freight with a minimum charge - these can add significantly (25% or more) to your cost.

    Bookmark   March 4, 2007 at 9:14PM
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