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Backyard nursery selling trees and shrubs...Profitable?

 
Alonzo Odem
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I'm interested in starting to sell some trees and shrubs from my backyard. I would like to sell trees that can be used for a hedge and some for landscaping. I also have a 25'x10' greenhouse. I bought 240 leyland cypress and have a 100+ dappled willows I plan on selling next summer and spring. Does anyone have some advice on other trees I could sell?
 
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It would help if you put your location in your profile.
Recommendations would be much different for Key West, FL, than they would be for Syracuse, NY, or Taos, NM.

Also, most states in the US require a Nursery License if you plan on selling live plants.  Please check your state regulations before committing significant time/money into this project.  That being said, there are thousands who do this without a license.  How tough is your state in enforcing these regulations?  What are the consequences of getting caught without a license?  Keeping low-key might work for awhile, but any type of advertising might attract the wrong type of attention.

 
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This entire website is based on answering those exact questions, and lots more about backyard nurseries.

Mike's backyard nursery
 
Alonzo Odem
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I live in southwest washington state in vancouver, WA. I plan on sellinhg only on craiglist or other online sites. I wouldn't be running a nursery open to the public. Customers would have to contact me via online if they're interested in buying trees.

In my areas there seems to be a lot of nurseries. I'm not looking to get rich, but enjoy gardening and growing plants and would like to make a little extra money. Any thoughts?
 
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I'm not looking to get rich, but enjoy gardening and growing plants and would like to make a little extra money.

Sounds good.  Doing what you enjoy, and getting others to pay for your hobby.

I have seen dozens selling via craig's list, and doubt if any of them have licenses.
Most government agencies are 'broke', and don't have the money to run around looking for somebody who might sell a dozen tomato plants every spring.

Sales will mostly be in the spring/early summer.  Everybody wants new plants for their yard, but don't have the foresight to get set up to grow from seed in time for planting time.  I know people who basically finance their hobby by selling seedlings in 1-2 months each spring.
 
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I would recommend going to some of those nurseries and finding out what they sell the most of and you can also check the condition of their plants and trees.
Then it will be easier to decided what items you want to grow and sell. It always is a good idea to know your market prior to startup, it will save you lots of time.
 
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