This year I found a tray in my stash of hodgepodge that I didn't remember I had. It turned out to be the easiest to work with. The little cups remind me of round kids' Jello pudding cups with a hole in each about a half an inch in diameter. I set my Jiffy 7's in the bottom of each cup after moistening (swelling) and the seeds were placed in each Jiffy 7 and as they were growing I did not transplant them until after danger of frost had passed. The Jiffy 7 ended up with a substantial root mass that was perfect for planting.
What I would like to know is this ... where do I find more of these? I have had it for some time, but it got shoved around and lost in my own mess. I have no idea where I got it. There is no name on it. It is black plastic, but does not fit a standard black tray. What are some names of companies that might be likely to sell it? I have checked catalogs of various seed companies and A. M. Leonard's catalog -The Gardener's Edge. None have these trays.
The 40-cell tray & the 28-cell tray from the Backyard Gardener link are both unavailable now!!!! I like the 40-cell tray best because you get more seedlings. The one they have in stock is for a 15-cell tray. At the cost of $7.95 per tray, the 15-cell tray is no bargain. I appreciate the hard work you spent on my query. Darn, I wish they had the 40-cell one!!
I don't know how you got on with your search but here's a seed tray with small pots that I have been using this year. It comes in 2 different sizes and has worked really well for me. The best thing about it is it comes with a capillary mat to help with watering and the little pots are quite sturdy.
I use flats that I got free from a garden center they work well.
They really stand the test of time. Here is a photo of my babies in my free flats. My Pride of Barbados.
I never plant seeds directly in the ground since I don't want to lose them.
They are Pride OF Barbados
I have orange, pink and red growing by seeds.
That pix is a few weeks old they are much bigger now... look how far they came below all of them are about this big now the one in the middle is a Purple Orchid tree
Here's the Plant Files entry: http://davesgarden.com/pf/go/2247/index.html
PF says hardy to zone 8, but I've had problems here in 9b when I leave it outside, it doesn't die but it loses all its leaves and takes forever to come back the next year. Other people in my zone have had luck with it though, but since you're in zone 7 unless you protect it for the winter I think it'll die back each year, not sure if it would come back or not, but your best bet would be grow it in a pot and put it in the greenhouse or bring it in the house for the winter.
I think Park Seeds was selling that for a whopping $36 this year. But if you have Marc's down in Dayton, check them out this week. I just bought a 46 cell tray about that size with soil for $1.99. I also bought bigger peat pots set down into larger cells - more like cupcake size, for $0.99. Marc's is the best for oddball stuff at rockbottom prices.
I guess that Walmart has to get in on the gardening supplies. I don't know if our stores have them yet, as it is rather early for doing much of anything, but it sure is worth a trip up there anyway. It's nice to get things early, rather than too late. Thanks for the heads-up!!!!!!
Today I visited Ace Hardware and noticed they have a similar tray with empty 2-3 inch holes, with a matching size tray with no holes and a dome. They were $4.99 each and had 72 little spaces. I have bunches of Jiffy 7's so it did not bother me when it did not include the Jiffy 7's. With a little wrangling when I wet the Jiffy 7's and forming them to the shape of the holes, they will work fine. The less transplanting I have to do, the better!! I will be cutting the extra seedlings in the Jiffy 7 to the soil level, rather than pulling the extras out, so I can have only one seedling in it. Now it's time to figure out what I'm going to plant. Shame on me!! I bought 3 trays x 72 flower spaces. Oh no!!!!!
I better get busy!!!
It is funny ...this is the first year I used jiffy pots but now I don't know how I lived without them!
I am also using them for those very hard to root cuttings... they seem to work great for that also.
I love how you can shape them..they are almost "Magic" LOL.
Almost like "Sea Monkey's" haha (Anyone old like me that remembers them?)
This is made by Plantation Products, Inc. of Norton, MA and is called ... 'Mini-Greenhouse Seed Starter'. It has 72 cells. The way the product is described is having ... (1) Clear Greenhouse Dome (2) Multi-Pot Insert (3) Watertight Tray. Here's the SKU number ... 23075 02721 ... LOL
Hope you can find it now!!!
I was not able to use my mini-greenhouse seed-starters this year. Since I've moved, I've had to tend to other things. I was able to hire an electrician who set up up some Gro-Lights for me in my garage. I hope that I'll be able to use the greenhouse seed starters for the spring season. I have no flower beds at this house, so I have to get going on that too. Thanks for your interest!