If you have a small backyard or have room indoors for a few potted plants, you can grow and sell plants from home. There is a large market and high demand for small plants, especially during the holidays. The floral and nursery industry ranks second among all California agricultural products after the dairy industry according to Giannini Foundation of Agricultural Economics. California's nursery industry, the largest in the nation, topped £2.1 billion in sales in 2002 and increases steadily every year. Growing plants from home has an advantage over larger nurseries which have a high overhead cost. As an urban farmer, you are close to your customers and can readily distribute to local retailers.
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Things you need
- Gardening supplies
Decide which plants you would like to grow depending on climate, space and time constraints. Research on how to care and maintain the plants. Kitchen herbs such as mint, parsley, lavender, thyme and rosemary take little space and are easy to grow next to a kitchen window with sunlight. In addition, they can be dried and sold as potpourri packets. Ornamental and floral plants such as orchids and roses may require more time and space.
Buy packets of seeds of the plants and gardening supplies. Hardware stores sell start-up kits that come with everything you need to start growing plants including pots and mulch.
Propagating seedlings is a method of producing new plants. You can collect, harvest and store seeds to sell to others. According to the University of Ohio Master Gardening site, seeds can be stored for as long as five years.
Advertise through the Internet and newspapers once your plants have germinated and are ready to be sold. Compare prices at your local nurseries to decide how much you want to sell your plants for. Check your city's regulations to determine if you are required to have a license or permit to sell your plants from home. Look for opportunities to sell your plants such as at farmer's markets, community garage sales, nursery trade shows or conventions. Contact potential markets such as restaurants, supermarkets, gift stores, nurseries or other retailers to sell your plants.
If gardening is your hobby and you are considered a local expert on a particular type of plant, share your hobby with others by teaching gardening classes and demonstrating your techniques at home.
How To Make Money Growing Plants
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