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I am thinking about starting a small local business where I can landscape urban homes in the form of permaculture, usually known and "edible landscaping." I haven't fully committed myself to this yet, I'm still in the thinking process of it; I don't even have a business plan. I was wondering if anyone knew of a website that sells trees and other useful plants in bulk (of course at a cheap-ish price). I found a few websites that sold non-fruit producing trees, like oaks and maples.
My plan is to eventually grow my own plants that are naturalized to the local area (central Texas) and use those for the landscaping. But I have to start somewhere with already grown trees. Thanks for any input!

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If your state has a state nursery, check it out. For example, Indiana sells pawpaws, persimmons, and plums for about $0.30 a tree. Of course, they are pretty small for that price. For a better selection, you can pick up rootstock for various trees for about $1 a tree (http://www.copenhavenfarms.com/). Again, those trees are pretty small and I could imagine homeowners being concerned that you planted little twigs in their yards.

High quality larger (already grafted) trees can be had fro $10-$15 a tree from a variety of sources:
http://www.acnursery.com
http://www.vanwell.net
http://www.c-onursery.com


 
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John Wolfram wrote:If your state has a state nursery, check it out. For example, Indiana sells pawpaws, persimmons, and plums for about $0.30 a tree. Of course, they are pretty small for that price. For a better selection, you can pick up rootstock for various trees for about $1 a tree (http://www.copenhavenfarms.com/). Again, those trees are pretty small and I could imagine homeowners being concerned that you planted little twigs in their yards.

High quality larger (already grafted) trees can be had fro $10-$15 a tree from a variety of sources:
http://www.acnursery.com
http://www.vanwell.net
http://www.c-onursery.com




John, thank you for the reply. I love the prices of the rootstock, but I am limited if I do not have anything to graft on to it. I guess I did not realize how expensive fruit trees are sold for, especially in bulk. The prices hardly drop the more you go. It's quite disappointing really. I really don't mind purchasing small trees; I'll just have to let them grow before I sell them, which means I buy them a few years in advance. And truthfully, I don't really need "high quality" trees, just as long as they give good fruit. I'll keep searching for something out there, maybe I'll contact some local landscapers to see if they know of any place.
If you come across anything else, please let me know. I appreciate your input.

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Lawyer's Nursery sell bulk trees and seeds.
http://www.lawyernursery.com/
 
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Kate Muller wrote:Lawyer's Nursery sell bulk trees and seeds.
http://www.lawyernursery.com/



Kate, thanks for the reply. They have some good prices at Lawyer Nursery. I might have to give them a call in the future.

I have been able to find a few state based nurseries, but they sell all natives or typically localized trees. Luckily, there are a few plums and cherries and a few other (less known) fruit trees. On one website they are sold for $2.00 a tree!!! ($50 for a bundle of 25 trees). Those are plums, cherries, hackberries, and pecans. If only people would do that with apples, peaches, apricots, etc...

Thanks again for the replies!!

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