Commercial Production of Vegetable Transplants
Growers of greenhouse transplants generally fall into one of three categories: (1) producers of transplants solely for commercial sale, (2) growers of transplants for personal use, and (3) growers of transplants for their own operations as well as for commercial sale. The time that must be devoted to the production of greenhouse transplants depends on the category in which a grower falls. Since the third category is merely a hybrid of the other two, categories one and two are discussed.
If you grow transplants for sale, consider if the operation will be profitable. There must be a sufficient market for transplants just as for any other commodity. There is also the possibility that your customers may hold you responsible if their crop fails. Growers producing transplants for themselves have the same investment and loss potential risks. They may also have the added cost of buying scarce, expensive replacement plants if the crop fails. There are advantages, however, to growing your own plants. You know the crop history and variety as well as if the plants are free of diseases, insects and weeds. Contamination of your farm with pests from imported plants is also avoided. Successful vegetable producers who grow their own transplants can have healthy plants when they need them.