How To Make Money Growing Rooted Cuttings And Selling Them Wholesale

How to​ Make Money Growing Rooted Cuttings and Selling Them Wholesale
Once you​ know how to​ effectively propagate landscape plants,​ you​ will soon have more rooted cuttings than you​ can use .​
At that time you​ can decide whether or​ not you​ should quit growing cuttings,​ since you​ have all you​ need,​ or​ maybe you’d like to​ sell some of​ your cuttings to​ a​ wholesale grower.

Let's discuss how easy it​ is​ to​ start a​ business selling lining out stock .​
That’s what nurserymen call the​ little plants that they buy to​ plant out in​ the​ field or​ in​ containers .​
Lining out stock,​ or​ liners for short.

Nurserymen buy plants? you​ might be asking.

Yes they do .​
Nurserymen probably buy more plants than any other group of​ people in​ the​ country .​
Why would they buy them if​ they know how to​ grow them?

Because sometimes they can’t grow them fast enough to​ keep up with the​ demand .​
Or maybe they would like to​ grow a​ certain variety of​ plant,​ but can’t grow it​ themselves because they don’t have any place to​ get several thousand cuttings .​
So what they do is​ buy in​ rooted cuttings,​ plant them in​ the​ field or​ in​ containers,​ and then they either grow them on​ to​ sell,​ or​ they grow them on​ and just keep them around a​ year or​ two longer so they can take cuttings from them.

Then once they have a​ supply of​ their own plants they can sell the​ ones they bought in​ that are now landscape size .​
Does this make sense?

Let’s say that Mary the​ nursery owner buys 1,​000 Variegated Weigela rooted cuttings at​ 50 cents each .​
She plants them in​ the​ field in​ the​ early spring and they take off growing like crazy .​
That summer she goes out and takes 3 cuttings from each plant (they need pruning anyway,​ right?).

She sticks those 3,​000 cuttings under intermittent mist and in​ about 5 weeks she has 3,​000 rooted cuttings that she can plant out that fall,​ and she does just that .​
The following summer she can get about 6,​000 cuttings from the​ original 1000 plants that she bought,​ plus another 9,​000 cuttings from the​ 3,​000 she planted out last fall .​
That’s a​ total of​ 12,​000 cuttings.

She continues to​ plant her rooted cuttings out in​ the​ field and keeps taking cuttings from them until she has all she wants to​ grow .​
From then on​ she can take as​ many cuttings as​ she needs from the​ plants that she has in​ the​ field .​
By now the​ original 1,​000 plants that she bought at​ 50 cents each are large enough to​ dig and sell,​ and they are worth $10.00 to​ $15.00 each wholesale .​
That’s $8,​000 from a​ $500 investment,​ plus she can produce as​ many variegated weigela as​ she wants without buying any more cuttings.

Does it​ really happen this way? Yes it​ does .​
I​ was recently talking to​ a​ friend who grows and sells all kinds of​ plants and he told me that he has been buying Dwarf Alberta Spruce cuttings and growing them on​ and selling them .​
He doesn’t even root any himself,​ he just buys 5,​000 every year,​ pots them up and sells them wholesale .​
How many other nurseryman across the​ country do you​ suppose do that?

To get started you​ can either buy a​ stock plant or​ two,​ or​ buy several hundred cuttings of​ the​ variety that you​ would like to​ sell .​
Instead of​ planting them out in​ the​ field,​ I​ would plant them in​ beds .​
Make each bed 4’ wide so you​ can reach the​ center to​ weed and take cuttings,​ and place the​ plants in​ the​ bed 10 apart.

As long as​ you​ keep taking cuttings the​ plants will remain fairly small,​ and compact .​
Then after two or​ three years dig them up,​ put them in​ pots and sell them .​
By then you​ will have thousands more coming on​ that you​ can take cuttings from .​
Start out slow until you​ know what there is​ a​ market for.

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