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Market Growers: Best way to start veggie seeds when doing large quantities

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Liberty Hill, TX
(Zone 8a)

December 20, 2009
12:59 AM

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I'm not really sure how to word this but I will try my best. I have been starting seeds and selling starter plants for a few years, but my business is growing (and shipping maybe unavoidable) so I want to know if there is a more efficient/cost effective way to do it. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

What I have done in the past is start 2-3 seeds (eggplant, peppers and tomatoes) in peat pellets in a dome then under lights. When they get larger I pot them up into 4" pots. All along I fertilize with a light fertilizer 6-12-6 to promote good root production. When the plants are ready to go out mid-late March they are stocky and look great.

I have gotten on a website that supports local growing and I have noticed that some of the other growers (not local) offer seedlings in plug trays. This greatly reduces shipping cost (less soil) and the plants are in the same container they were started in (no re-potting on my end) so less labor.
However, I'm concerned that the plant's root structure may be compromised and the seedlings will not be as robust and healthy.
I would love to hear everyones opinion, it was so different when it was only 100 plants but I want to do this right and give my clients the quality plants they deserve and expect.
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