How to Start a Nursery
Getting started in the nursery business is much easier than most people think. In the video that we have posted here I show you how simple it can be to get started in the nursery business. Following the strategy that I explain in this video it can be as simple as buying some plants, planting them in your garden or putting them in a plastic nursery container and selling them. In this video I feature Japanese Red Maples but the same thing holds true for just about any plant that you’d like to grow. Or any plant that you’d like to buy and re-sell.
If you’d like to start a nursery you can get started in a really small area. Japanese Red Maples are actually quite easy to grow from seed and I tell you exactly how to do that in this article; “Growing Japanese Maples from Seed”. Japanese maple seeds are ripe and ready to pick in the fall and if you start looking around and paying close attention you’ll find a number of Japanese maple trees in your area that you can probably get permission to collect seeds from.
But . . . growing plants from seed is a slow process. As you can see in the video I simply picked up the phone and ordered 500 Japanese Red Maples that have really good root systems and are about 18″ tall. I propagate a lot of the plants that I sell from cuttings, but things that take too long I simply buy them and resell them. Of course you don’t have to buy 500 plants at one time, that’s just what I do because I know without a doubt that I can sell them. You can buy in smaller quantities and still get great wholesale pricing. I explain how to do that in my book; Small Plants, Big Profits from Home” that comes with my Backyard Growing System.
A number of years ago I purchased several hundred Japanese maples like the ones that I show in the video. I planted them in a bed in my Backyard. Some I sold right away for $4.97 and others I left in the bed and let them get bigger. Many of them sold from $12.00 which was a steal and people went crazy over them at that price, some I sold for $25.00. Some I put in the field and let them get to a height of about 40″ tall and I sold those for $45.00 each. Those sold like hot cakes!
So if you want to start a nursery you should think both long term and short term. You can buy plants and sell enough of them immediately to pay for the entire order, then the rest of the plants you can grow to a larger size and sell them at a much higher price like I do.
For instance in the video you’ll see four boxes of Japanese maples, 125 plants in each box. My total investment was $890.00 including the shipping cost. That means that if I sell 180 of those plants at $4.97 right away. The rest of the plants, 320 of them, I can grow on and sell at a much higher price later on. This is how I quickly build the inventory in my nursery.
Other plants like Forsythia, Weigela, Rose of Sharon, Arborvitae and all kinds of evergreens I buy them once, then take cuttings from them before I sell them and I never have to buy that particular plant again. That’s the magic of this business. Buying plants that you can take cuttings from forever. When you grow a plant from a cutting that you root yourself, your cost in the plant is a plastic pot and some potting soil. And a teaspoon or two of fertilizer.
But the most amzing thing is that you don’t have to do any selling. As soon as people find out you grow and sell plants they immediately want to see what you have to sell. In my book; “Small Plants, Big Profits from Home” I explain to you in detail how to find plant buyers. Both retail buyers and wholesale buyers.
I hope this short article helps you with your quest to start a nursery.
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