How To Make Money Growing Plants
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Gardening is an extremely popular hobby and sometimes even a career. Today alone, over 35% of people grow their own food and plants.
Not only is it an extremely calming and relaxing hobby, but on average you could save around 600 dollars a year just by planting those seeds by yourself. There’s also a margin of profit for those certain plants you favor because if you’re buying them, chances are other people are too.
There’s also a deep satisfaction that runs with gardeners when they harvest their produce and go to either cook or sell it. They feel pride because they grew it and know exactly where it came from. Often this food contains little to no chemicals and it is more nutritious and delicious because it’s picked at its peak and prepared shortly after.
Although it does require quite a bit of work at the beginning, as the season peters out the only chore that will be recurring would be weeding and minimal maintenance which isn’t hard at all. As a matter of fact, some people find weeding a mindful activity that is very relaxing and therapeutic!
The best part about growing your own produce and plants? It can be done just about anywhere.
At my parent’s farm, the garden is over an acre and it pumps out vegetables and some fruits a good part of the summer, every year. You don’t need an acre garden or planting space to start. Before we moved to the farm, we grew plants solely in planters and pots, which worked wonders.
Even now our smallest garden is Areogarden, which is a little independent garden in which you just add water and nutrients too and it grows right inside of your house, all year.
My family finds it works best to grow lettuce with an Areogarden because we can use that fresh lettuce from sandwiches and salad whenever we want, and it’s conveniently right there on the other side of the counter. There are no worries about e-coli or salmonella. Just fresh healthy greens.
Indoor or Outdoor planting? Or both?
There is no specific set way of how to begin growing. Spring and summer provide adequate light, heat, and water with almost no major headache. It’s just second nature to grow in summer because it will be easiest.
This is also where most of the business will be. Greenhouses are open only in the spring and the summer, and these are a goldmine to want to sell too.
If you’re not crazy about driving people to your house or store, driving to the local greenhouse and selling to them will be your best bet. Most places want a contract, but you make out pretty well on Kijiji and Facebook selling extras. You could also join a spring trade show.
As long as your plants are healthy, bug-free and at a reasonable price you should be okay.
If you’re looking to keep your plants and only sell produce, Facebook marketplaces and locals are the way to go. My mother sells tons of tomatoes, potatoes, flowers, and all in between every year.
There was also a story about a local man where all he did was grow and harvest potatoes, and then sell them out of the back of his pickup truck. He was said to be a millionaire, so the business is there.
Growing outside will also be way cheaper than growing indoors. Where outside sunlight, heat, and rain is all provided, indoors you will be the one to provide it. Growing indoors does provide one major benefit to growing outside, which is you can get a head start on the growing season faster.
By starting your plants inside in a controlled environment, they will already be grown and developed. Your setup doesn’t have to be super complex either, just a stand with an LED light hanging will be enough to get you started. The light should preferably be a purple light, as the red and blue waves are used to recreate the actual sunlight.
Since the soil isn’t actually outside it won’t have good natural sources of nitrogen and other nutrients stored inside, so if you were to use a form of either earthworm fertilizer or compost, this would go a long way. These things also not terribly pricy and definitely worth their money.
If you choose to use a stand, we recommend actually just building one rather than buying one. Buy spending 40$ to pick up a couple 2x4 boards you can build a much sturdier stand that will be much more worth your time.
If you’re going to grow plants with the use of lights, it also wouldn’t be a bad idea to pick up a light with a built-in electrical timer. If you are anything like me, there's been days where I forgot to turn on the light, so our seedlings spend the day in the dark, or I forgot to turn the light off and they got light 24/7.
Overall, the inconsistency just started to become a hassle and having the light on auto mode feels like a plane on autopilot.
It’s also a good idea to have a small fan blowing on them, to simulate the wind. This has a strengthening effect on the plants and they grow sturdier with less fungal issues which are a great thing.
You will need to know your growing zone and then match your seeds to your growing season. Ours is barely 65 to 70, so we have to carefully pick short-season varieties. Starting tomatoes and peppers is done inside as mentioned above, as are all sorts of interesting vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, Brussel sprouts, tomatillos, onions and leeks and squashes, and pumpkins.
What are the most profitable plants to grow and sell?
Flowers are the most common form of a plant owned by a household. You see them EVERYWHERE. At the park, in the backyard, in hanging baskets below lamp posts, literally everywhere.
People love them because they both look beautiful and smell even better, and the average person usually doesn’t buy just one flower.
Flowers also serve another great purpose, they have a great way of expressing someone’s feelings to another. All year people gift each other flowers, with Valentine’s day being the most popular day.
Sunflowers are super easy starters from seeds, and with a little compost and fertilizer, many can grow over 6 feet tall. Zinnias are also easy to grow, although these won’t grow as tall but are equal and if not more beautiful than sunflowers. Both of these flowers have a lifespan of only one year. If you choose heirloom seeds, you can save your own seed and grow them yearly for free!
If you’re looking for a flower that will come back year after year that’ll still look beautiful, the perennial is a great choice. There are many different types, they grow year after year and among the maintenance they require is an annual trimming after they’re done blossoming.
Selling your extra produce is a lovely side hustle. But, it is work. In our experience, the easiest product to sell is tomatoes, peppers, onions (especially packaged as a salsa box), carrots, peas, beets, and greens. Corn is a good seller but has to be carefully managed because corn has a short season. Pumpkins can be a lot of heavy work with customers expecting a very low price.
Raspberries and other berries are labor-intensive but as a short season fruit can command quite good prices and cash. An interesting and good way to sell products quickly is to put together a CSA type box, with family-sized portions of in-season vegetables such as potatoes, tomatoes, beets, greens or chard, carrots, onion, zucchini, and green beans and cucumbers. That way you can sell a varied amount of products to clients for one price and factor in delivery.
Remember that cucumbers, carrots, and beans are things people love to can. Therefore, planting extra will ensure you have a large supply ready to sell. Stagger your planting times so you have a ready supply and don’t forget the dill!
Near the end of the season, prices are lower due to the fact that the backyard garden is coming in. Inevitably, people want to offload anything from the garden they can’t use and therefore, demand goes down.
Some years though, having that one item that many struggles to grow means that you can command a higher price. This item is usually, but not always, tomatoes. Remember, ripe tomato in July or August gets more money than a red tomato in September. And ripe corn in
September doesn’t command the same price as corn ready the first week of August. Or new potatoes in early in July.
At the end of it all, growing and selling products is a great way to be healthy, encourage healthy eating, support your community, and work hard.
Succulents are our self-sufficient little buddies. They are SUPER easy to care for, propagate, and are super cute all at the same time.
They come in every shape and color, and they look like miniature cactus. All you have to do to care for them is give them water every week, and put them in direct sunlight.
That’s it. Yep, water once a week and sunlight, but it gets easier. All you have to do to grow more is gently take a cutting off a plant and put it in the ground. Having some root boost hormone in the soil will boost the growth time for your succulents which is quite a while.
It can take anywhere from two to three months before the smaller succulent to grow to a reasonable size, but you can use this to your advantage.
With succulent growth rate being so long and drawn out, this makes them all the more expensive. Expensive means more profit and even one succulent can multiply to six or more, making them one of the best plant sellers.
4. House Plants
Like flowers, house plants can grow very fast and people love them. They help purify the air and give your home a nice natural look. They can range from small bushes, stem plants, and even can be small trees.
Spider plants are great for this. They're extremely hardy and require almost no care. I'm not going to lie there have been times where my family has forgotten to water the spider plants for weeks, and with one little watering, BAM they're back alive. Spider plants are literally indestructible.
They’re also super easy to propagate. Once they grow big enough and mature, with time they'll drop out a little vine where little mini plants will grow. All that has to be done is pinch it off and drop it in water, so it can become independent to grow its own roots.
After the roots-pop out, you just plant it right into the dirt and you’re on your way.
Last but not least, we have our planet’s source of oxygen. Out of the five, this will be the longest grower and more of an investment than anything. The average tree has a growing time of around seven years to reach a height of over six feet, which is around ideal selling height.
By growing your trees in your pots, it makes it more convenient and practical to move, along with it reduces the transplant shock the trees feel once they arrive in their new home. If you plan on selling any type of tree, it would be better to start now and plan for a future day.
Spruce trees are a great place to start. They take around 7-9 years to grow to around 6 foot but don’t let that discourage you. Spruce trees come in high demand at the end of the year when it’s Christmas.
For you to sell spruce trees locally, you’re saving all the locals time and money by selling them a Christmas tree, where let’s face it if you’ve seen The Griswalds, we all know how hard tree picking can be.
If you have any interest in plants, your hobby could turn into a killer way to make cash. It doesn’t matter if you have an indoor or outdoor, small or big garden, you can turn the green plants into green cash.
My family’s favorite plants to sell are both produce produced by plants and succulents. We love sharing our deep red tomatoes and potatoes with buyers looking for fresh vegetables for their cooking.
Succulents are super addicting once you understand how to get them to multiply, and our house is stuffed with them. We like to sell our extras to local greenhouses and we’ve made quite a bit of cash doing so.
Overall, you don’t have to have much to get started, and growing plants is extremely straight forward, making it an easier way that you can make some extra income.