People have been looking to “make a little bit of extra cash” for several years now, and hobbies can be a great way to do that. Some hobbies though, like gardening, have been overlooked as money generating possibilities. Gardening has traditionally been thought of as a money saving endeavour, but it can actually also be generating an income for you.
How? By selling off plants in the form of seedlings. People will pay for the convenience of purchasing a seedling, or even just some seeds! And with the internet being as popular as it is, it’s even possible for you to ship cross country.
Some people question whether they can actually make money doing this, and the answer is an emphatic yes! It doesn’t matter where you’re from, what your situation is, or your sales experience.
Really what it all boils down to is this: do you have a little bit of space, and do you have the skills to grow the plants to sell? If you answered yes, then this can absolutely be a money making venture for you. This article is going to overview some of the common worries, and show you how to get started putting your hobby to work for you!
But I live in a small town…
A lot of people think there area is too small, but the reality of it is that you aren’t restricted to selling to your area! If you have the space to grow some small plants, and the time to sell them, you have the potential to start selling.
The same argument goes for small spaces, like apartments. There’s no reason having a bit less space should restrict you – there are plenty of small plants that easily lend themselves to sales. So long as you have a small area to grow in, you have the potential to be making money growing plants.
Wholesale produce buyers are in the market, and they have been for several years now. What this means for you is that if you can pack up your seedlings in a box, you can ship them cross country. I myself buy several plants every year, some because I don’t have the time to grow enough (compared to the demand I’m faced with), and others because I’m not familiar enough with the plants to start them myself.
Seedlings are extremely easy to work with because all they need is tending to grow into beautiful plants that I can then turn around and sell too! I often buy seedlings as cheaply as $0.75 per seedling, and end up selling them for $4.97 the next year – and I get to propagate the plant first so that I still have more to use.
What’s more, especially if you’re from a smaller area or are starting this as a smaller nursery, people tend to love local nurseries (or wholesale pricing online). There are two reasons for this. First, as a smaller nursery, you have the benefit of having low start up costs – allowing you to offer more competitive pricing for your plants. Second, many people love the idea of supporting a local nursery when driving by.
What do I need to do to get started?
Likely by now you’re seeing the potential here, and are wondering how to get started. The simple answer is, select an area to start growing in and buy some seeds.
It’s worth noting that I have areas as small as 12” by 15” that generate thousands of root cuttings at a time. You can sell root cuttings for $0.50 each, or you can grow it to an even bigger plant before selling it as a seedling ($5 each!). So for just a small space, you have the potential to turn quite the profit.
The key here is knowing propagation techniques, and knowing how to take proper root cuttings. Do some research so that you understand what types of cuttings you’ll be taking, and what’s most in demand in your area (seedlings, seeds, or plants), and begin when you wish!
This is a fun business to get into, and what’s more, you can involve your family! I have long enjoyed using my small business as an opportunity to teach my children to grow and garden. They get the benefits of making a little cash, and learning about hard work, and I get to spend time with them and make money doing what I love.
I sell with a sign at the end of my driveway, and this year I cleared over $25,000 on my plants. I’m not promising this is a get rich quick scheme, to be honest I don’t believe in those, but I am saying that there is real potential here if you are willing to put in the time. So do some research, clear some space, and start growing today.