How do you start your own tree nursery?
I graduate next year, and would like to start my own tree nursery, not trees that can be cut down, but just regular sellable trees. How would i go about doing this? do i have to go to college? and if so for what, please let me know,
Question answered by Christy
A degree in Horticulture is a great start.
The next step is to work in a nursery. This can be a part time job, but you will learn loads of info about how the industry works. You will gain an advantage that is priceless in today's nursery and wholesale grower trade.
Does anyone know how to obtain a nursery growing license to buy wholesale?
We are a small startup and want to buy our stock and supplies at wholesale (South of Portland, Oregon).
We use our SS# as Tax ID, do we need something in addition?
Question answered by ciscokidofhearts
most businesses will deal with dealers who have a state tax ID that you can get through your State's tax office. They will assign you a vendor's designation for nursery growers.
Is the wholesale plant nursery industry completely gone or is there still hope?
Where is the plant nursery industry still booming? What companies are still hanging in there?
Question answered by Cat
Well, I know that Acorn Farms, and Monrovia nurseries are still in business. Not all nurseries will disappear, because there still is business out there - just less of it for the time being. Only the ones who can wait out a dry period will survive. But some will.
What is required to start a Plant Nursery?
I have always wanted to start a plant nursery, and just always thought I'd eventually ask my grandma how to and for tips(she was in the proccess of opening a nursery) but she recently passed away and I never got the chance. I don't have anything for doing this yet it would be for sometime in the future. I am trying to get info on what kinds of permits or certifications I may need to get. I live in florida. Anyone own a nursery? Is it a good business?
Question answered by Andrew Strauss
1. Check the legal authorities in your location. There are several potential jurisdictions which may apply to your new business venture, and because they vary from place to place, you should do some research to see what regulations may apply to you.
2. Investigate your potential market. You will need to be able to predict demand for your plants to be able to plan what you will grow.
3. Select a site for beginning your nursery. If you do not own land, you may have to lease or purchase a site for your business. Make sure it is suitable for your purpose, zoned appropriately, and will allow for growth as your business prospers. Also make sure your site has good access, particularly if you will be depending on customers coming to you for your product.
4. Research material suppliers to keep your costs down. Because you are in the beginning stages for your business, you will need to develope a relationship with wholesale suppliers of the items you will need to become established. This may include, but not be limited to, the following.
5. Educate yourself about the local growing conditions and potential problems in your area. You may have to get a chemical applicator's license if there is a problem with pests, diseases, or insects in your region.
6. Talk to local landscapers to find out what they may be in the market for. In many areas, there are "staple" plant products commonly used in any one area, but these are also going to be the most available. Ask about unusual plants they get requests for, and indigenous species that can be grown and planted for the same purpose, with less environmental impact.
7. Study the plant species you intend to grow to determine a reasonable time frame between the initial planting and the time the plant is ready for market. Ornamental plants grow fairly fast in the right conditions, but they may still take a year or more to be ready for market. Trees may take 3 to 5 years, depending on the market size and species, when started from seed.
8. Take the information you have gotten in the previous steps, and start a business plan. You should be able to create a "Start-up Cost" chart with initial investment, and operational costs to determine how much money you will need to start and keep your business going until you begin to sell plants and generate an income.
9. Talk to lenders, government agencies who assist in small business start-ups, and potential investors to see if you can develop a financing structure which will cover your start-up costs.
where can I find some 3-4 inch nursery pots in Phoenix?
I'm talking about the square ones made out of thin plastic that you can squeeze the plant out of when you go to plant them.
I really need about 100, used ones are ok, but I'll buy new ones too. I checked a couple of nurseries and Lowes, Home Depot, Walmart and nobody has a clue where I can find them. This is annoying.
Question answered by booboo
I have a few suggestions:
-Try calling a local landscaper and see if he/she has any or can he/she save some for you when they are on their next job.
-Try calling a wholesale nursery and aks if if they grow plants in 3" or 4". If they do, ask if you can have some new/used pots. (We do this all the time where I work.)
-Try a small, specialty nursery. Chances are, they probably propagate some stock and pot up and will have some pots.
-If this still doesn't net results, here is a link for a wholesale distributor for pots: http://www.obcnw.com/index.php
Contact them and ask if they have supplied anyone in your area with 3" or 4" Gage Dura Pots, if they have perhaps you can contact the nursery they supplied and get some from them.
Hope this helps you out! Best of luck. :)
Can anyone reccomend a good wholesale garden nursery North of London?
I am in the trade but am finding it diffilcult to source good plants at wholesale/trade prices. Can anyone reccomend some please.
Question answered by Peter Birganza
Gardening is such a difficult business to deal as the care of plants is really tough. Wholesaler for a garden nursery are Alibaba, Nature hills which i have been personally tried as i am also from the same business. I hope these above stated companies would be really helpful for you in this regard.
loking for wholesale nurseries that hasve stock of grevillea in tubestock?
Searching for wholesale nurseries in NSW or Qld. that have stock of grevilleas in tubes
Question answered by nearrobinsnest
Are there any good landscape nurseries around the NW part of Ms are?
We just moved from MI and there was a wonderful gardening place that opened their doors to the public on Labor Day and Memorial Day weekends to the public. They normally just sold wholesale or to contractors. They were the best prices with anything you could possible want. Can't find anything like that here. Preferably around the Southaven,MS..Helena,AR...Mem,TN area. Thanks.
Question answered by curious cook
Carnathan Brothers Inc
3400 Phillips Road 352
Lexa, AR 72355
How hard is it to run a successful *small* plant nursery?
We live on a small farm in oregon, and for a good many years we have wanted to open a small plant nursery. I would like to hear from others who have done this, and how hard was it for you to get it started.
Question answered by booboo
Nurseries are not easy businesses to operate because they are very complex but with hard work and determination, you can do anything.
I don't want to scare you away, but I do want to be sure you consider these points:
-First, get Tony Avent's book "So You Want to Start a Nursery"
-What kind of nursery will you be? Wholesale/retail...
-What kind of plants will you offer? What size containers will you have?
-Will you deliver? What trucks will you use?
-Are you knowledgeable with plants? Pests? Soil mix? Fertilizer?
-How will you start your plants? Seeds? Plugs? Liners? Retail ready material?
-Will you have greenhouses? What kind? What size? Permanent? Semi-permanent hoop houses?
-Is your property zoned for a nursery? What licenses will you need (re-sale certificate, nursery stock license, pesticide license, truck license and registration, tax id number...)
-What kind of software system will you have? How will you label your plnats? How will you price your plants?
-Who will you cater to?
-Staffing...you will need workman's comp insurance among other things. Is your staff knowledgeable? Can they hand water properly?
-What carts will customer's use to shop? What carts will you use to move plant material around?
-Will you be open year round? Seasonally? On weekends?
-Do you have a good library of reference books?
-What kind of irrigation system will you set up? What kind of system do you currently have? Will it be sufficient to run a nursery? Have you had the water tested?
-How will you advertise?
As with any business, you will learn as you go. You can contact the Oregon Association of Nurserymen and get some information from them. Also contact your local Cooperative Extension Office and see what help they can provide you. I would also visit other nurseries in your area and see what they are doing. Perhaps you can ask them for advice as well. Many nurseries are helpful and will sit down with you. Be kind and friendly and create good working relationships with them. You don't want to compete directly with them so grow things that they do not have.
Most nurseries do not take off right away and it takes some time before you get money back from your investment. It is hard work but very rewarding - most customers are friendly and want to be there because they enjoy gardening and have a nice hobby.
I hope this helps you some. Best of luck. Work hard! :)
What should I do with my new business cards?
I just got business cards.
First time ever running my business.
I run a wholesale nursery and I just got my business cards.
What should I do with them? Any marketing ideas?
Question answered by Condor
Leave them on counters of local businesses (OOPS, haha)
Tack them to the wall on the entrance of local buisnesses.
Make flyers on Microsoft word and hang 'em up around town.
make a facebook group.
email all you friend about the details.
slip them in books at your local library (popular ones, harrypotter, twilight etc)
thats all i can think of