Where to buy seeds nyc
Part of your problem is that you are looking for seeds “out of season” — seeds do expire after a few months, so they are only stocked in spring. Most seeds are much easier to come by in the spring.
You can Google “NYC garden centers” or go to your closest Home Depot. Also try to find a community garden or gardening club in your area — one of the gardeners may have some leftover seeds.
If you can’t find anything in time, try these two things. One, buy some sunflower seeds that are meant for bird feeders — with the shells, not grocery ones, which are salted. Plant them and hope they will grow; a good many will.
Second and more labor-intensive: buy a bunch of tomatoes (grape tomatoes or plum tomatoes may work best). Cut them open, and spread the seeds (gel sacs and all) on paper towels. Let them dry; the seeds will stay on the paper. Do this so you have enough to cut little paper squares to make about 60 little pieces with a few seeds stuck to each. When it comes time to plant, wet each individual piece of paper and plant the paper in the dirt. You should have seedlings in a few weeks.
I don’t know if these plants will produce fruit or not (it depends on if the original tomatoes were hybrids and other genetic blahblahblah), but I have grown healthy, leafy plants this way.
Hello fellow new yorkers! I have come across a problem that I never thought would be possible. I can’t find something in NYC. Who would have thought?? So I’m doing an activity at work for which I need flower or plant seeds (to plant in a plastic cup for about 50 people). Amazing enough this is…
Vegetable seedlings NYC: Where are your favorite places to buy?
Stores like HD and Lowes are a little on the expensive side to buy seedlings. Where do you buy yours in NYC?
I went to National Wholesale Liquidators (Queens – Kissena blvd) and was able to buy 10 California wonder peppers seedlings for $3+tax. Much better than paying around $30 to buy pepper seedlings from HD and Lowes.
Ariel (Zone: 7b)
Thanks to Stu Zone 7a for the below tip for cheap seedlings!
I raise my own, but when I need something quick I pick them up at the farmers market. The Union Square market (M,W,F) is great for it, and you will find many different plant varieties. The vendors just this week started putting them out and should be in full swing by next week i’d bet. Pretty sure they won’t be cheaper than what you are finding, but they are very healthy and many are organic.
I buy from local plant stores, neighborhood plant sales and the Green Markets throughout the city. However I recommend buying seeds online. I try to grow from seed when possible. There’s something about seeing the seeds grow into plants indoors when it’s cold outside. Also, buying seeds gives you more options and varieties than what you can purchase as plants at local stores. My two favorite online sources are:
seeds now (esp. the free shipping offers)
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Ariel (Zone: 7b)
The Union square has been great for buying vegetable seedlings.
My questions now is where to find cheap fruit trees? All i see that they sell is rooted fig cuttings for $5-15. I bought two figs for $5 each last year. I asked some of the vendors and they don’t cuttings for any other fruit trees.
Stores like HD and Lowes are a little on the expensive side to buy seedlings. Where do you buy yours in NYC? I went to National Wholesale Liquidators (Queens – Kissena blvd) and was able to buy 10 California wonder peppers seedlings for $3+tax. Much better than paying around $30 to buy pepper seedli…