Trays vs Plugs: Which Route is Right for Your Flower Farm?

growing tools Oct 23, 2023

This blog is a summary of an episode of the Sunny Mary Meadow Podcast. Listen to it in its entirety below. 

Today, I want to delve into a topic that presents a lot of good arguments: starting seeds in trays versus ordering them as plugs. It's a decision that can significantly impact your growing season, so let's weigh the pros and cons together.

Starting from Seeds in Trays

Ah, the joy of watching tiny seeds sprout and grow into beautiful blooms! Starting from seeds in trays offers a cost-effective way to grow a wide variety of flowers. With seeds, you have the freedom to choose from a vast selection of cultivars, including unique and rare varieties that may not be available as plugs.

However, starting from seeds requires time, patience, and a certain level of gardening knowledge. You'll need to provide the right conditions for germination, such as adequate light, warmth, and moisture. It's a hands-on process that can be rewarding but also demanding.

Ordering Pre-Grown Plugs

On the other hand, ordering pre-grown plugs can be a time-saving option with predictable results. Plugs are young plants that have already been started by a professional grower. They are sturdy, well-rooted, and ready to transplant into your garden or field, reducing the risk of transplant shock and ensuring a higher success rate.

However, buying plugs may come with a higher cost compared to starting from seeds. Additionally, the variety selection of plugs may be more limited compared to seeds, especially if you're looking for specific or uncommon cultivars.

Finding the Right Balance

So, which method is best for you? As with many aspects of gardening, the answer depends on your resources, goals, and experience level. If you're just starting out or have limited time and space, buying plugs may be the way to go. On the other hand, if you enjoy the process of nurturing plants from seed to bloom and want a wider variety selection, starting from seeds in trays may be more fulfilling.

In conclusion, there's no right or wrong answer when it comes to starting seeds in trays versus ordering plugs. It's all about finding the right balance that works for you. You may even choose to use a combination of both methods, starting some plants from seeds and buying plugs for others. Whichever path you choose, I hope this discussion has given you some insights to help you make the best decision for your flower farm. 

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