Make money from seeds and cuttings
Masses of articles are published on the Internet daily, many are dedicated to telling us how to make huge amounts of easy money. But most of us are aware that making easy money on line, or off for that matter, is the exception and not the rule. Please, don’t get me wrong; making money is possible, but it is not as easy as the entrepreneur would have us believe.
I’ve shared many useful money making ideas with readers here on Hub pages. As a rule, I only pass on the tips and information that I know will actually work for the people who read my articles. I write money making hubs only when I have new and interesting ideas to share, and this is no exception.
While attempting to tame my overgrown garden last spring, I realized how many perfectly good plants I was throwing away as I cut back, divide and pull up the little darlings doing their best to take over the garden. One man’s weed, as they say, is another man’s flower, so I potted as many plants as I could and swapped them with friends and colleagues, I found this to be a very good way of saving money.
My tips for this article is mostly about looking at our gardens in a different way, it’s about changing attitudes to how we use our gardens and how we can make and save money by doing what we already enjoy doing.
Making money by propagating plants, then selling them, can be very lucrative. Whether your garden is large or small, you can make money by growing the right types of plants.
So why isn’t every one doing it? I hear you ask, and the answer is quite simple, most people don’t have the skills or the patience to nurture seeds and cuttings to bring them to life. The process of propagating plants can be pretty fiddly and demanding, some people find it easier to buy seedlings that are already established. You can make a profit by doing the awkward work for them, but for a price.
Most of us know that not only is organically grown food better for us; it can also help the environment. But the truth of the matter is, buying organic can be very expensive, and in these times of economic recession many of us simply do not have the extra money to spend, as prices continue to rise ahead of wages.
Now is the ideal time to grasp the opportunity to make some money by growing your own. Cut out the middlemen and sell directly to your customers.
When I moved to my present home a few years ago, I was surprised to see my neighbor’s driveway covered with potted plants, including many young seedlings. My neighbor loves gardening. Well….actually; that’s an understatement, she lives for her garden. But more to the point, in the spring and throughout the summer months, she places her surplus plants on her driveway, each meticulously labelled with the name of each plant, and the price she charges.
Passers-by would help themselves to the plants they wish to buy, leaving the money in the box provided. The plants that do not sell, she takes to car boot sales. This is an excellent way to simply make extra money, or to supplement pensions while also doing something we already love doing.
With this in mind, and the realization that there are many people like myself and my neighbor who enjoy gardening, grow a variety of plants and flowers, and collect more seeds than we will ever use, I decided to look deeper into ways of making money from gardening.
Some of the Most Profitable Plants to Grow
Money Saving Tips
Gardening can be expensive, especially when starting from scratch. Save money by asking your neighbors, friends and family for cuttings. Spring is when most gardeners are pruning and cutting back a variety of plants, a good time to beg for cuttings. Late summer into Autumn, is the time for harvesting seeds from summer flowering plant, also a great time for sharing and swapping seeds.
Most gardeners are happy to give away or swap seeds, this is a good way to obtain a range of different plants, that are already growing well in your area, you can also sell your excess seeds to make money.
Get free gardening equipment
A good way to cut the cost of gardening is by acquiring free gardening equipment, people often get rid of stuff they no longer need, placing them on freebie sites. Gardeners can also save money by renting equipment instead of buying, by so doing, we are also helping the environment. Sites like Freegle and SnaffleUp, the free sections of Gumtree and Freecycle are well worth a look, they often give away unwanted goods.
Money Making Tips
Propagating plants consists of simply germinating seeds and growing them to a size when they can be planted into larger pots or into the ground. Plants can also be propagated by the use of cuttings taken from matured plants. Keen gardeners, with green fingers can make around £600 per month by growing and selling the right types of plants. In addition to those green fingers, gardeners will need a warm place such as a green house with sufficient lighting.
Make money by propagating profitable Specialty Crops such as;
Edible flowers, plants such as borage (star flower), roses, violets and pansies, are all edible, they can be easily grown to make a profit. But remember, not all plants are edible, in fact; some plants can be very poisonous. Know which plants are safe, and which are not, before selling them as edibles. Plants such as rhododendron, azaleas and daffodils are often used as decoration in the food industry, but they are not safe to ingest.
Bamboo, is a long time favourite for landscapers. More than 600 bamboo plants can be grown in 5 gallon pots in a 30′ x 40′ space, they grow easily, and are in high demand.
Herbs, the use of herbs and medicinal plants has grown massively in recent times. Herbs are used for cooking, fresh or dried. Also used in products such as soap, bath oils, shampoos, candles and teas, to name but a few. Herbs are easy to grow, even in pots on the windowsill, use growing towers for growing more plants.
Gourmet Garlic, also known as hardneck garlic, Rocambole, Purplestripe and Porcelain, are types of garlic with a superior flavor that makes them special indeed. So much so, that customers are willing to pay as much as $10 per pound to purchase them.
Another variety, is the Elephant garlic, not a true garlic, closer to a stem leak which produces huge bulbs and is proving to be very profitable, fetching as much as $6.00 to $8.00 per pound.
Grown In the right soil, an acre of Elephant garlic is said to be able to yield around 15,000 pounds. The crop can tolerate a wide range of weather conditions and soil types, making it a very profitable crop to grow and the reason it is often referred to as the “mortgage lifter.”
Willows are easy to grow and maintain, the stems, rods and catkins are in great demand by florists and craft makers for wreaths, basket making, willow furniture and trellises. A study by University of Kentucky found that growers could harvest 4 to 5 tons of willow shoots per acre, bringing in $7 per pound from basket weavers.
Bonsai plants, the hobby of growing bonsai is wide spread and popular. The plants are small, so they do not require much space.
Woody Stems, these are trees and shrubs grown for their ornamental value. Used by florist and craft makers for the production of wreaths. They include; red twig dogwood, pussy willow in the spring, holly in winter, forsythia and hydrangeas in late spring and summer.
Gourmet mushrooms, an Ideal specialty crop for urban farmers, they are grown indoors and have a high return per square foot. Most widely grown mushroom crops are oyster and shiitake, sold fresh or dried. Grow your own, sell to local restaurants and farmers markets.
Trees and Shrubs in the garden or for landscaping, these can be very profitable with huge profit margin, ideal for small growers since large amounts of container plants can be grown in a relatively small area. Around 1,500 two gallon potted trees or shrubs can be grown in as little as 1000 square feet. Magnolia, Azaleas and rhododendron, Japanese Maple are all profitable crops.
Profitable popular plants also include:
Daphne bholua, (Jacqueline Postill)
We’ve seen a distinct shift in the trend of using synthetic medication to herbals, in the last few years. Our modern cultures are rediscovering what all the old civilizations knew, that plants, have great therapeutic value and can be used in the treatment of a wide range of diseases. Some of the most popular and profitable herbal medicinal plants include:
Lavender, for me, nothing is as soothing as a walk through a field of lavender. This lovely scented plant can also be a real money maker for small growers. Lavender can be sold in bundles or for lavender oil. The flowers can be dried for sale to craft makers and florists. It can be used for scented pillows and sachets, and other aromatic products.
Ginseng, also known as ‘green gold’ you’ll have to wait about six years to harvest your first mature root base, but you can sell small plants and seeds. Growers are believed to be able to make as much as $100,000 on a half acre plot of land from seeds, rootlets and mature roots. However, the production of ginseng depends on the area.
Sage, perhaps the most valuable herb
Basil, especially the purple variety sells well
Chives, flowers are in great demand
Parsley, most popular are the Italian variety
Nettle Leaf, (Urtica dioica)