How to Start a Business Selling Plant Cuttings

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If you enjoy gardening, sell your plant cuttings to enjoy your hobby while you reel in an income. Depending on your goals, you can start your business from your home, working with vegetation grown in your backyard. Sell your cuttings to local nurseries, garden clubs, gardening enthusiasts and greenhouses.

Things You'll Need

  • Business license
  • Liability insurance
  • Greenhouse or cold frame
  • Heating system
  • Watering system
  • Rooted cuttings
  • Soil
  • Containers
  • Flats

Check with your local city council to ensure that starting a backyard garden doesn’t violate any city ordinances. Meet any distance requirements for structures built in your garden. Obtain a business license, insurance and any additional permits, if necessary.

Determine which types of plant cuttings will be popular sellers. Visit local nurseries and greenhouses and peruse their inventories. Research local gardening avenues to find out about in-demand plants. Narrow down the list of plants that you would enjoy growing.

Learn as much as you can about caring and maintaining the plants you choose, including their ease of propagation, how much you can expect to spend procuring rooted cuttings, and how much return you can expect once they sell. Create a budget to ensure that your business can be profitable.

Purchase rooted cuttings of plants that you intend to sell, as well as soil, growing containers, pots, flats, labels and a heating and watering system. Implement a method for pest control.

Construct a greenhouse or cold frame in your home garden with enough lighting to accommodate your cuttings. This will extend the growing season. Ensure your vegetation can get the necessary sunlight. Adjust your insulation, depending on your zone or the season, as necessary.

Plant your rooted cuttings. Do not extract them for sale until they are viable cuttings with enough foliage on them to ensure their viability after transport.

Tips & Warnings

  • Sell your goods at farmers' markets. Advertise in local garden publications. Donate your cuttings to fairs, charities and local events to get your name out there. Register your business with your Chamber of Commerce.
  • The more cuttings you sell in bulk, the less time and effort you will need to expend and the greater your profit.

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