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What plants could I raise from seed and sell in pots mid-June?

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TheHouseofMirth Fri 09-Jan-15 22:44:50

I am wondering if the green-fingered experts here can please help me?

I thought a good fundraiser for our school would be to raise some bedding plants and possibly herbs etc from seeds and sell them in pots at our school summer fair on 20th June.

I'm wondering if anyone has any suggestions for which plants would be ready and looking good in pots/trays mid to late June?

Ferguson Fri 09-Jan-15 23:04:36

Find a seed-catalogue type of web site, that will probably have Planting to Flowering information.

If you know anyone with Fuchsias, that would let you take cuttings they are very easy to raise, develop fairly quickly and could possibly flower mid June.

Or if it is something to eat, Courgettes are easy to start in pots, then buyers can plant out in June. Last year we ate courgettes from July through to November - delicious!

EauRouge Sat 10-Jan-15 07:41:34

Yes, how about something to eat? Lots of people like to grow their own veg now. Tomatoes are really easy to grow from seed.

If you want herbs, chives and basil are both really easy to grow from seed. Mint will root from cuttings very easily.

Rhubarbgarden Sat 10-Jan-15 09:04:03

I got married in June and raised Bacopa from seed to use as favours. It worked really well - they were just starting to flower in time for the wedding and looked really pretty.

TheSteveMilliband Sat 10-Jan-15 09:22:48

Cuttings from sage in the spring? Pansies / primroses and violas should all be easy to grow from seed too. Chilli plants would probably sell well if you have space to start them off indoors? Second courgette plants, and maybe squash - I would buy them! I always forget to plant the seeds early enough and you can get unusual varieties that taste really good (acorn, crown prince, onion)

zippyandbungle Sat 10-Jan-15 09:34:29

I've done hanging baskets with hanging tomatoes for the last few years. Good sell for those short of space. I'm sorry I can't remember the name but they are cherry tomatoes if you do a search.

Squeakyheart Sat 10-Jan-15 09:48:06

Apologies for the length but it wouldn't let me put the address instead. I am looking at this for a sale in May

(To determine when to start, count weeks back from the day of the sale)
10 to 12 weeks: Artichokes; it’s easiest to sow many in a large flat or container and transplant one to a pot. Onions, Leeks, and Shallots; about 25-40 seeds to a 4” or 5” pot will work well; choose deeper pots if possible. Herbs such as Chives, leaf Fennel and parsley. Perennial herbs such as Marjoram, Savory, Sage and Thyme should be started ASAP. Also some flowers such as Rudbeckias and Snapdragons that are slow to germinate and grow.
8 to 10 weeks: Tomatoes, peppers, basil; these all can be started in groups in large containers and transplanted to individual pots after germination. You may need to repot them more than once if you start with small pots. Ideally, tomatoes should end up strong, stocky and about 12” to 16” tall in a one gallon pot. Basil may be one large, or several medium size plants in a pot depending on the size of the plants; a full pot makes a nice presentation. Peppers should end up one to a 4” or 5” pot. LABELS for tomatoes: Variety name, hybrid or heirloom, DET or IND, type (cherry, slicer, salad, paste etc.), color if other than red, days to maturity.
5 to 6 weeks: Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Kale, Kohlrabi, bulb Fennel; 4 to 5 in a 4” or 5” pot. Lettuces of all kinds, salad mixes; 10 to 15 plants in a 4” or 5” pot; deep, extra large 6 packs are OK for lettuce, 3 to 4 plants per cell. Beets and Chard are good in 4” to 5” pots of at least 12 plants. In all of the above, you can plant more seeds than needed and thin if needed or plant a lot of seeds in a large container and transplant to smaller pots. Extra full pots of greens will sell first!
4 to 5 weeks: Squash, Pumpkins and Cucumbers: These all can be started many seeds to a large container and transplanted a few days after they come up to the pot they will go to the Sale in. Handle very carefully if you transplant. All should be1or2per4”pot,3or4ina5”or6”pot. (Gallonsarenotdesirableforthese since they require a lot of soil, are heavy and hard to handle, don’t transplant easily and we can’t sell them for more money!!)
4 weeks: Dill and Cilantro; these herbs really don’t like to be transplanted, but if you sow 6 or 8 seeds in a 4” pot we can caution customers to plant the whole pot and not try to divide the plants out.
3to4weeks:Peas and Beans: 4to6plantsina4”or5”pot.Youcanplant5to7 seeds and hope for good germination, OR you can plant a lot of seeds in a flat, or large shallow container, and then transplant the small seedlings to the 4” or 5” pots. I don’t recommend a larger pot for these since they are too tricky to transplant when they get large. You can pre-sprout the peas in the house between two wet paper towels, then plant them right to the pots. Be sure to keep the paper toweling wet until peas show a root, when it’s time to plant them. This method DOES NOT WORK FOR BEANS.
MORE POSSIBILITIES; ANNUAL FLOWERS, 4 or 5 weeks ahead; consult individual packet for days to germination and transplant: Sunflower, Cosmos, Marigold, Nasturtium and Zinnia. Sunflowers are VERY popular! Four to six plants in a 4” or 5” pot, or two to three sunflowers in a 6” pot are good. Most of these germinate quickly and have no special requirements.
CONTAINERS: All containers should be clean and sanitized to prevent disease. Six packs are discouraged since they don’t allow enough room to develop good root systems and we can’t keep them adequately watered during set up. If you plan to transplant seedlings before the Sale you can start the seeds in any sort of container that suits you; be sure they have drainage holes.
❉Please remember that for the SALE we accept only nursery containers. NO DAIRY, DELI OR SALAD containers.
GENERAL LABELING: When you start, be sure to label each seed container with the variety and the date sown; later on you can make nice labels once the plants go into permanent pots. Vegetable labels don’t have the same requirements as ornamental plants. The information needed is: kind (i.e. cabbage, lettuce, bean), variety name, color or size if appropriate, days to maturity. If you have a seed packet or catalog description, a copy of that would be appreciated. On annual flowers provide information as to size, color, sun, shade and water needs.
GENERAL PRE-SALE TRANSPLANTING: Vegetable plants and annual flowers should be moved to larger pots once they start to outgrow the pots they are in. All transplanting should be done NO LATER than 2 weeks prior to the sale to allow enough time for plants to recover and start growing new roots. Water newly transplanted seedlings with a commercial transplant solution or liquid seaweed. All plants must be well rooted and not wilted.
REMEMBER.....WE WANT HEALTHY LOOKING PLANTS IN A ‘RIGHT SIZE’ POT. This means that the plant should fit the pot: no tiny plants in giant pots or huge plants in tiny pots. 

EauRouge Sat 10-Jan-15 10:32:43

zippy are they tumbling toms?

TheHouseofMirth Sat 10-Jan-15 16:53:21

Thanks all. Squeakyheart that's very comprehensive. It looks like it's come from an American site - I wonder if that affects the timings at all?

Chatelaine123 Sat 10-Jan-15 17:31:00

If you have a facebook community page, put out an appeal for cuttings etc. Chives are very reliable, as well as growing from seed, rather dig up a clump anytime (they are very forgiving) and divide into multiple pots and they just increase in mass. ditto for mint.

Chatelaine123 Sat 10-Jan-15 17:38:31

If you are sowing seeds with children then I suggest saving some seed from a chilli and pop them into potting compost in April, indoors, moist and covered for a week until they germinate. Thin them out rather than re potting and put in an unheated but sunny position in the home. They will look like plants by the end of May/June.

Nastursians are easy too.

Ferguson Sun 11-Jan-15 20:11:09

And don't forget to factor in cost of compost and pots. The soft 'plastic bag' type of pots will probably do, and depending on what you grow, some things may need moving on to a larger size, as you don't want them to be too pot-bound.

NotAnotherNewNappy Sun 11-Jan-15 20:54:35

Cosmos - easy, cheap and v fashionable.

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