How to Grow Greenhouse Vegetables for Profit

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Many people grow vegetables in a greenhouse as a hobby; some people grow vegetables to sell. Making a profit growing greenhouse vegetables is difficult, but with patience and hard work it can be done.

Plants growing inside a greenhouse.
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Things You'll Need

  • Greenhouse
  • Greenhouse supplies and equipment
  • Energy source
  • Water source
  • Vegetable plants
  • Market
Step 1

To sell vegetables for a profit, you need at least one greenhouse set up near energy and water sources. Learn what greenhouse supplies you need for your region, such as solar panel heaters or water heaters.

Building four greenhouses.
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Step 2

Determine what vegetables to grow and sell. Hobby gardeners have a wide variety of crops for personal use and then sell the excess; growers looking to make a profit generally focus on one or two vegetables, such as lettuce and tomatoes.

Tomatoes
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Step 3

Before you begin, determine where you will sell crops once harvested. Options often include local farmers markets, food shares or CPAs, and roadside stalls. If you grow in bulk, contact local supermarkets and inquire about selling crops there.

Selling vegetables at a market
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Step 4

To make a profit, you need to earn more money than you spend to operate greenhouse and grow plants. Don't forget to factor in the costs of plants, energy and water, any income paid to workers, payments for the land the greenhouse is on, and any bank loans being paid back for the greenhouse.

Money in cash register.
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