Starting Your Backyard Plant Nursery sounds like a huge undertaking of a massive amount of energy and hard work, nothing could be further from the truth. what you are about to start is a fun and fascinating hobby which can lead to you earning a significant amount of extra income while working from home in your spare time.
Lets start by talking about what you are going to grow and for the best way to start I would suggest you start by selling rooted cuttings wholesale. The reason I say this is that there is a huge market out there for good quality rooted cuttings and they are very easy to grow.
Since the 1980″s commercial plant growers have gotten away from doing their own propagation of cuttings due to the space required as well as the labor and overhead costs involved and instead have outsourced that part of the business. Because of this there is always a demand for these cuttings.
While this is not the only way to start in a backyard nursery business it is certainly the easiest, requires the smallest amount of space, the least amount of equipment, and involves the least amount of cost to get started. so we will start the course with propagation of rooted cuttings.
Once you have the basics of propagation down we will move into the culture, care, and maintenance of the cuttings. The next step will be how you will go about selling the plants you are growing and finding customers.
Propagation is the reproduction of something in this case different types of plants. There are many different methods that can be used soft wood cuttings, hard wood cuttings, layering, seed germination and cloning are all methods which will be discussed lets take a quick look at each method which you will learn about.
- Soft Wood Cuttings – Usually used with deciduous shrubs a cutting is taken from this years growth from the new soft wood in early Spring and it is rooted. This method works well with butterfly bush, cotoneaster, euonymous, forsythia, honeysuckle, hydrangea, lilac, mock orange, privet, rose, spirea, viburnum and weigela
- Hard Wood Cuttings – Usually used for dormant deciduous trees and woody plants, it is even easier than softwood cuttings.This method works well for propagating fruit trees such as figs, mulberries, pomegranates, and quince. Also used for vines such as grapes and kiwi fruit, and the currant family : blackcurrants, redcurrants, golden currants and gooseberries.
- Ground layering – A method of rooting a plant using low growing branch while still attached to the parent plant. The branch is buried underground and roots while still attached to the mother plant. May take up to a year to root. Works with forsythia, gooseberry, grape, hazelnut, lilac, mountain laurel , rhododendron, rose, and spiraea.
- Air layering – A method that involves the same principle as ground layering, but it’s used for branches higher on a plant. Instead of burying the branch a piece of bark is removed then the area is covered with sphagnum moss after several months new roots should form. Works well with magnolia ,rhododendron, and witch hazel.
- Divisions – Usually used for splitting and dividing perennial plants such as Aster, Baptisia, Bleeding heart, Chrysanthemum, Columbine, Coneflower, Coreopsis, Day lily, Iris, Pampas grass, to name just a few
This section also deals with Seed Germination and Bulbs and Corms once you have mastered these simple techniques you will be ready to Grow Cash In Your Backyard.
The success of your backyard nursery is going to depend on you being able to obtain plant material at a low cost and then turn around and selling it for a profit it does not matter which business model you use wholesale, retail, or a combination of both you still need to have something to sell.
As you go through the whole course we will be learning about all other aspects of this type of business with training and support on the following:
- Plant Propagation
- Plant Production
- Equipment Requirements
- Retail Sales
- Contract Growing
- Soil and Fertilizer
- Materials and Supplies
- Additional Revenues
- Planning and Organizing
- Industry Resources
This and much more so lets said aside a bit of time and grab a cup of Joe time to dive into the world of Starting Your Backyard Plant Nursery