nesler wrote:If you decide to sell the seedlings by the pot, I would definitely be interested.
Sounds like there are definitely some interested people. That's great to know. I will probably make some offerings like this in the future then!
nesler wrote:I'm not sure you'd be getting a great return on your time and money. Just something to mull over.
I'm not trying to get rich by selling plants and my statement about their value once they're raised to adulthood was a bit optimistic, but my motivation for keeping them really isn't in their value. These are actually the first seedlings I've ever grown and to be honest, I just want to see them reach adulthood.
With regards to the return on investment, there really isn't any investment in terms of money to keep growing them. It's really only the space in my greenhouse. I collect rain water for watering them, so that's free. Of course, there's a bit of cost for the soil, but that's pretty minimal and I'll probably only repot them once, maybe twice, before they are adults. However, as you say, there is a bit of a time investment, but I actually LOVE spending time watering and repotting. It's a great contrast to my typical day sitting in front of a computer doing work (I'm a web programmer). And in reality, caring for them is really not that time consuming at all. I'd say for the entire 20 pots in that tray, I spend less than 30 minutes a week caring for them (that doesn't include the time I spend staring at them in pure joy and taking photos of them). Repotting does take a lot of time for plants that small, but again, I enjoy that time and the truth is, I really only have to do that once every 2 years (I haven't repotted them yet, but plan on doing so next spring when they'll be 1.5 years old).
In any case, I hope to open a store up someday and it's good to know that there is a market for a pot full of seedlings! I'll plan on offering that in the store.
Leave the meat for our pet plants