Many people have home gardens and are especially knowledgeable about plants. Unfortunately, they never realise they could be using their skills to make extra money by starting home floral or crop-selling businesses. There are many different ways in which plants, flowers and trees can be grown for profit, so be creative and turn your green fingers into a moneymaking venture.
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Determine what type of business you want to create. There are many different options when it comes to starting a business selling trees, plants and flowers. For instance, you could grow flowers to sell to a private florist. You could also grow fruits and vegetables to sell at nearby farmer's markets, companies and grocery stores. To determine what type of business to create, you should evaluate the state of the soil you have available and the climate you live in. Do not try to grow plants, trees or flowers that are not suited for your climate and soil type.
Figure out how much land you have to devote to growing crops. If you have a large property with a lot of acreage, you may decide to start a Christmas tree farm or other tree crop. If you grow trees, will you sell the wood once it has aged, or the nuts produced from the wood? Walnut tree farmers tend to do both.
Get a business license. Consult your local government office to determine if you will need a business license for what you have in mind, and ask them what you need to do to get one. Also, check to see if your residence needs to be rezoned for home business use.
Prepare your soil for planting and begin growing crops. Depending on the type of crop you wish to grow, you may only have to till the soil and spread the seeds. However, trees are best purchased as saplings from a nursery and transplanted onto your property. Make sure you understand what is involved ingrowing your particular crop, including: type of soil, what diseases it may be prone to, how it tolerates too much rain or not enough, and so on.
Learn how to propagate the plants you grow. Propagation involves cloning a plant by taking a cutting from its stem. Not all plants and flowers can be propagated, but many can, so check the specific propagation rules for the plants and flowers you want to grow. Begin cloning your healthiest and most beautiful plants. It is less expensive than growing them from seed, and produces new plants quickly, which you can then sell for profit.
Market your business. Advertising may be required depending on what crop you sell. Consider placing ads in newspapers. Consult florists, grocery chains or other agribusinesses to establish contacts. Many like-minded entrepreneurs will place your business cards on the front counter of their business, if you place their business cards on the front counter of your business.
Tips and warnings
- Do not attempt to start a business if you do not know how to grow a particular plant, flower or tree. Become knowledgeable on growing the particular crop before you attempt to make a living at it.
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