keithp2012 said:nobody was interested in buying from someone without an official business, I was told this to my face. They wanted things for free, and I've asked dozens of people to put a word in to friends and family if they are interested in having me grow some plants they want and sell to them, nobody ever contacts me. Yet they praised my work and were eager to take plants for free. I don't think they take me seriously enough to get me far enough to call it a job.
DaisyI said:Check out Etsy.com. Put "live plants" in the search line.
greene said:I have a plant friend. He grows tons of plants in his backyard. When he has enough plants he puts a very small sign at the corner of his street..."plants for sale"...similar to what people put for yard sales. Folks stop by, chat for a while, and give him money for plants. He never has to leave the yard. You could try that for a start so you can get an idea of what people like to buy.
I've tried that and nobody stopped by....
If you sell them from your own yard, you'll need to start your own garden. Show what you can grow. That is the best free advertising. I live in a small town of maybe 500. I know 2 of these people in this town. Zero traffic on my street. Until April through Oct. I don't sell my plants but my gardens do my advertising. Every year folks drive out to see what I'm planting then they continue through til fall. They stop and ask about my plants. There is your customer base. I design my gardens around a street view and try to make it all look cohesive. I like giving people something pretty to look at. Yes, they ask for free plants but I have no problem saying no. Unless they are old. The elderly are welcome to anything I have.
I don't have a greenhouse so I winter sow. That solves space and greenhouse problems for me. Plus it's economical for me. I garden vegetables and flowers, by myself. And i have 15 gardens here. My husband does my dirt work and the rest is up to me. Where there's a will, there's a way in gardening. For space problems, lighting problems, you name it, there's a solution to fit your situation. My advice? Start small in your garden while you work for the nursery. Build your garden, let it do the work for you. People pay for quality. When you are ready for a full time business you will know it.
PlantMania said:How close is the college? I think you could work something out with the Professors and see if they can't get you some room in one of their greenhouses! You give a few flats of plants for the use of a bench or two... something along that line.
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