25th March 2014 at 9:19 pm #21927
I’m on a mission to find some multi cell trays that will actually last,
on the market gardening course you showed me a tray you were given by someone – it was tough and rigid, i would so like some of these trays , do you think the person who gave you the tray may know the source?
I’m fed up of self destructing trays, cracking plastic and the inevitable binning..
Dan26th March 2014 at 6:01 am #24959
Yes I agree and this company is the one http://www.containerwise.co.uk/propagation-trays-600-400.html and the trays last up to 15 years. But you have to buy a lot! (a pallet-load)
Also their smallest tray has 84 cells I think, most have126 cells or more. I have written to ask if they might make a smaller, equally strong tray for gardeners.26th March 2014 at 7:40 am #24960
Great site charles, they even have the elusive crates with holes in the bottom perhaps we could do a no dig group bulk buy at some point if the trays are not available retail.
Good idea to ask for a smaller version, although i am enjoying my 86×1.5inch (thin plastic grr) trays at present , good for longer rows of plants
Keep me in the loop on any news!27th March 2014 at 6:24 pm #24961
So these 77L trays look interesting, 2 in deep and average size
and David at Containerwise has offered them at £3.90 each inc VAT plus delivery, minimum order is 16 trays so I am doing that and it should be worth it for the time they last (15 years). Email them via their contacts if interested, mention David’s name and this offer.27th March 2014 at 8:58 pm #24962
great stuff charles! will send a mail28th March 2014 at 3:46 pm #24963
Just a heads-up that for smaller quantities email@example.com was planning to sell these in quantities of one upwards though I don’t know his prices down at that quantity.
Looking at the photographs, they are the same class of trays.
They are available in a wide range of cell-sizes. I recall seeing an eight-cell tray in November 2013.
Lee1st April 2014 at 8:26 am #24964
I had forgotten I had put this link up and have done nothing about it myself. So was very pleased to read your post. Have the 77L trays arrived yet? I would be interested to hear how they work out and will be ordering some if your comments are good. They look deeper than your normal trays I wonder how removing the plant plug will go?
Anne11th February 2016 at 5:10 pm #33160
They are strong, no problem there, but the small hole at bottom means I often need a pencil to push the compost up when planting. Otherwise good, I may try drilling a larger hole…11th March 2017 at 4:50 pm #38473
I was down at a garden centre today and there were lots of flowers and young vegetable plants being sold in polystyrene moulds, 12 or 24 slots per tray. I bought a couple for the moulds!
The firm is Styropack (www.styropack.co.uk) and you can get 12 or 24 slot trays for £1.50 odd inc VAT + delivery, mimimum order size 60 units.
There are clearly other products based on the horticulture pdf document, but details are not available at the online shop.
Clearly you would not make a fortune being a reseller at Homeacres, but I would certainly have bought a dozen from you when attending a course.
I shall speak with local folks at the launch event for Hillingdon in Bloom in April to see if enough interest exists to place an order.11th March 2017 at 6:58 pm #38475
Thanks for this Rhys!
I wish they would make a 40 cell tray but 24’s re not bad. I really appreciate your thoughts, love the way you bought plants for the trays! Keen gardener.12th March 2017 at 7:49 am #38479
I think they probably do do a 40 cell tray, maybe bigger too – I am going to phone them up to find out exactly what they do have.
The flowers were £3.50, so I paid £1.50 for the moulds and 15p per pansy plant!22nd March 2017 at 10:15 pm #38685
Did you get the 77L trays Charles? I’m thinking of getting some and have contacted them about it. Do t know if I should get 77 or 40.
Did you manage to drill a hole bigger to?
Rhys did you phone the company about the other trays to see if they do a 40?24th March 2017 at 6:46 am #38691
The 77’s are not brilliant, I still prefer polystyrene 40s and they may be on eBay4th April 2017 at 2:02 pm #38908
I’m tentatively thinking of ordering a 60x case of the 24 cell polystyrene trays mentioned in the styropack post above. This would be to keep maybe 15 myself and then sell the balance on in 5 or 10s. I would do this at cost (both sets of postage plus cost of trays.)
Just to gauge if there is any interest here, obviously no commitment till you know exact price etc
jon7th May 2017 at 2:46 pm #39541
I had a behind-the-scenes tour of a local plant nursery today. What was interesting is that they say they grow all their own bedding plants but most of them are bought as plugs from Holland and then they pot them on at the nursery. The plantsman said 90% of nurseries in the UK do this. So I asked what happens to all the module trays that the plants come in. He said they use some for cuttings and recycle the rest – I asked if I could have a few and they gave me some. The standard seems to be 2cm plugs in 77s, so quite large trays but I can cut them into smaller sections to fit on my window sills. They are quite sturdy and if they break after a couple of years I’ll just go back and ask for a few more. Worth asking at your local nursery if they have any spare.
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