I get a lot of questions from gardeners in Canada who would like to get started Growing and Selling Small Plants from Home. But the one thing that seems to hold them back is not being able to buy plants from my wholesale sources in the United States to start their Backyard Nurseries.
It is true that shipping plants across an international border does involve the plants being inspected and proper paper work issued. However, that doesn’t make it impossible. I once loaded a semi truck packed full of bare root hydrangeas. We were shipping them to Canada and from there I believe they were on their way to Holland. Amazing isn’t? They weren’t my plants, this was years ago and I was working for a nursery that grew a lot of hydrangeas. But what amazed me was that one minute my boss was just sitting in his office and phone rang and that phone call resulted in an order of 17,000 plants.
Does this happen often? Not that I am aware of. But who would have ever thought that the hydrangeas we grew right here in Perry, Ohio would end up in Holland?
But anyway, plants can be shipped across the United States and Canada border, but most growers will only take such an order if it is substantial in size. And that’s my point.
I need Backyard Growers in Canada who can sell to other Backyard Growers. Nobody wants to step up to the plate and be that person. Why I don’t know. The growers that are supplying my American customers sell a lot of plants here in the United States. And they have lots and lots of competition. But at the moment I don’t know of anybody that regularly offers plants for sale to my customers in Canada. We have some Canadian members, but I don’t see them advertising to our customers. Or if I do, it’s rare.
Can I guarantee that you will sell X amount of plants? Of course I can’t. That’ not how business works. But what amazes me is the excuses people use to not take action and get started. If you are in Canada you should see this as an opportunity, not a deterent. There are plenty of places in Canada for you to get the things you need to get started, but what we lack is one person that is growing and selling to our new members. We have that in the U.S., but not in Canada.
Interested? Then take action and get started growing some plants. Visit this page for details.
A couple of our Backyard Growers Business Center Canadian Members have stepped up to the plate and are offering these beautiful plants to get you started!
Plants for sale on the Canadian Buy/Sell Board 5/19/15
5 un – .95 Emerald ‘n Gold Euonymus – Rooted cuttings, rooted last summer and grown over the winter.
10 un – .90 Wooly Thyme
5 un – $1.50 Acer tatacicum subsp.ginnala flame
5 un – $2.50 Hydrangea petiolaris liner (climbing hydrangea)
15 un – 2.50 Lime Rickey Coral Bells rooted, grown over the winter
30 un – $1.50 ea Carex muskingumensis ‘Oehme’ – rooted division shipped bare root
5 un -$5.00 Ass’t Boxwood – are growing in a 1 gallon now. A few years old, trimmed and multi branched.
5 un – $2.50 Royal Cloak Barberry – liner, branched
5 un – $2.50 Hydrangea petiolaris – liner (Climbing Hydrangea)
5 un – $2.00 Caragana or Siberian Peashrub liner
5 un – $4.00 Whipcord Cedar (retail ready)
5 un $3.00 Summer Wine Ninebark 1 gal.( Retail ready)
$2.00 each Green Velvet Boxwood liners
Deutzia 1 gallons for $3, 750 ml yogurt sized containers for $2, and 4 inch pots for $1.
I will ship them bare root, not in the pots.
Varigated Weigela $2 liners