What should my plug ship week be?

To calculate your plug ship week, use the Weeks to Finish/Plug Age table on page 12, start with the week before you would like to sell and subtract the Weeks to Finish.

Example: You are selling petunias for Mother’s Day week, which is week 20, in a 512 plug tray which takes 7 weeks to finish. Starting with week 19, the week before your sell week, subtract 7 weeks (19 - 7 = 12) to get week 12 as the ship week you would need to receive your plugs from Wessels’ Farms.

Please Note:

  • The ‘Weeks to Finish’ is estimated production time. Your growing conditions will determine actual production time and may vary from what is published in this catalog.
  • 144 plugs refer to ‘Plug Age’ because they are used in a multitude of finished products from 4.5” pots to 12” hanging baskets (HB). Use the same calculation to determine your ship week. As in the example above, use the week before your sell week, minus the time it takes to finish the product which will equal the ship week.

How can I be sure to receive my order for the ship week I want?

The chart on the following page can help you to determine the latest possible time you can place an order with Wessels’ Farms and still receive your plugs by the ship week you have determined by using the process above.

The chart represents the time it takes for Wessels to produce a plug from sow to ready for transplant (to be shipped to you). It does not include any lead time associated with order placement, order processing, or obtaining seed from suppliers. Be sure to place your plug order with enough time to allow for the longest plug growing schedule on your order, plus an additional 2 weeks to allow for order processing. Our plug order schedule allows for ample time of the above.

Plug orders are best placed before December 31, 2016. 12 week minimum before delivery is best. Wessels’ Farms will accept orders after the suggested date based on the production information described here.

If an order is received by Wessels’ Farms after the time frame a plug product should be sown, that plug product will have to be shipped separately at a later date at an additional cost to you or the entire order’s ship week must be moved to a later week to allow for production of the ordered plugs.

Example: If we receive an order that ships 5 weeks from the order date and the order includes plugs that take 7 weeks to grow, those plugs will be shipped later than the requested ship week or the whole order can be moved to accommodate the 7 week plugs.

Transplant Week / Transplant Date Conversion
WK 1 - Dec 30 WK 2 - Jan 06 WK 3 - Jan 13
WK 4 - Jan 20 WK 5 - Jan 27 WK 6 - Feb 03
WK 7 - Feb 10 WK 8 - Feb 17 WK 9 - Feb 24
WK 10 - Mar 02 WK 11 - Mar 09 WK 12 - Mar 16
WK 13 - Mar 23 WK 14 - Mar 30 WK 15 - Apr 06
WK 16 - Apr 13 WK 17 - Apr 20 WK 18 - Apr 27
WK 19 - May 04 WK 20 - May 11 WK 21 - May 18
WK 22 - May 25 WK 23 - Jun 01 WK 24 - Jun 08
WK 25 - Jun 15 WK 26 - Jun 22 WK 27 - Jun 29
 
PLUG AGE / WEEKS TO FINISH1
Cultivar Plug Age2
512 / 480
Weeks to Finish3
8/06 Tray
Plug Age2
288 / 275
Weeks to Finish3
8/06 Tray
Plug Age2
144 / 135 
Abutilon --- --- --- --- 7
Abutilon --- --- --- --- 7
Ageratum56656
Ageratum56656
Alyssum56656
Alyssum56656
Angelonia --- --- --- --- 7
Angelonia --- --- --- --- 7
Asters (seed)57767
Asters (seed)57767
Bacopa --- --- --- --- 5
Bacopa --- --- --- --- 5
Begonia879611
Begonia879611
Begonia-Big --- --- --- --- 11
Begonia-Big --- --- --- --- 11
Begonia-Dragon Wing --- --- --- --- 11
Begonia-Dragon Wing --- --- --- --- 11
Begonia-Queen (Dbl) --- --- --- --- 11
Begonia-Queen (Dbl) --- --- --- --- 11
Begonia-Whopper --- --- --- --- 11
Begonia-Whopper --- --- --- --- 11
Broccoli43565
Broccoli43565
Browallia76859
Browallia76859
Brussel Sprouts43565
Brussel Sprouts43565
Cabbage43565
Cabbage43565
Calendula34565
Calendula34565
Calibrachoa --- --- --- --- 9
Calibrachoa --- --- --- --- 9
Cauliflower43565
Cauliflower43565
Celosia54736
Celosia54736
Cleome64637
Cleome64637
Coleus74738
Coleus74738
Coleus-Kong --- --- --- --- 8
Coleus-Kong --- --- --- --- 8
Cosmos44535
Cosmos44535
Cultivarage_512finish_age_288finish_age_144
Dahlia46555
Dahlia46555
Dianthus57666
Dianthus57666
Diascia43575
Diascia43575
Dusty Miller-Silverdust76758
Dusty Miller-Silverdust76758
Eggplant43565
Eggplant43565
Flowering Cab & Kale --- --- 535
Flowering Cab & Kale --- --- 535
Gazania47566
Gazania47566
Geranium (seed) --- --- 688
Geranium (seed) --- --- 688
Gerbera --- --- 688
Gerbera --- --- 688
Gomphrena67689
Gomphrena67689
Gypsophilia55647
Gypsophilia55647
Helichrysum --- --- 677
Helichrysum --- --- 677
HerbsVarious5Various67
HerbsVarious5Various67
Hypoestes67768
Hypoestes67768
Impatiens55647
Impatiens55647
Impatiens - New Guinea --- --- 6 --- 8
Impatiens - New Guinea --- --- 6 --- 8
Impatiens-Semi Dbl --- --- 647
Impatiens-Semi Dbl --- --- 647
Ivy Geranium --- --- --- --- 10
Ivy Geranium --- --- --- --- 10
Lettuce & Parsley36466
Lettuce & Parsley36466
Lobelia65647
Lobelia65647
Marigold-African46555
Marigold-African46555
Marigold-French45545
Marigold-French45545
Melampodium65646
Melampodium65646
Millet --- --- --- --- 6
Millet --- --- --- --- 6
Nemesia --- --- --- --- 5
Nemesia --- --- --- --- 5
Nicotiana64737
Nicotiana64737
Ornamental Grass --- --- --- --- 10
Ornamental Grass --- --- --- --- 10
Osteospermum --- --- --- --- 7
Osteospermum --- --- --- --- 7
Pansy --- --- 757
Pansy --- --- 757
Pansy-Matrix --- --- 757
Pansy-Matrix --- --- 757
Pentas --- --- 9 --- 10
Pentas --- --- 9 --- 10
Pepper54665
Pepper54665
Perennials --- VariousVariousVariousVarious
Perennials --- VariousVariousVariousVarious
Petunia76759
Petunia76759
Petunia-Double76759
Petunia-Double76759
Petunia-Spreading66758
Petunia-Spreading66758
Phlox66758
Phlox66758
Portulaca76859
Portulaca76859
Rdbckia-Maya & Prairie Sun57668
Rdbckia-Maya & Prairie Sun57668
Rudbeckia57668
Rudbeckia57668
Salvia56656
Salvia56656
Snapdragon67767
Snapdragon67767
Tomato34565
Tomato34565
Torenia77867
Torenia77867
Verbena66758
Verbena66758
Vinca67767
Vinca67767
Viola / Panola76857
Viola / Panola76857
Zinnia37464
Zinnia37464
1 This table is provided for informational purposes only. Plant growth is subject to various growing conditions.
2 Plug age refers to the age of the plug from seed to grown plug based on tray size.
3 'Weeks to finish' refers to growth from plug stage to finished stage in an 8/06 tray.

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