Hmmm… Can I Make Money Growing Plants?

I fell asleep right after dinner while watching TV and woke up so early (4:30am), so I’m doing some computer work, until I can get back to sleep and wake up (6:30am) for work.

Yesterday, one of my best friend (who is just started his garden design business in Reno last year) left me a message on my mobile phone and had a thought. He said that if and when I got my new house, maybe I can grow some plants for him, and he can use these in his garden design business or sell it at the farmers market. I thought this was a great idea, but I have no clue when it comes to business, so some questions came to mind:

1. Do I need to get a business license, or can I do this just as a side business and make extra money?
2. Can I grow plants and sell them myself at a local farmers market or online, like on Craig’s List?
3. Is there a demand for plants grown by just regular gardeners?
4. What plants are sought after in Reno? One that comes to mind are Ornamental Grasses.
5. What Ornamental Grasses are popular?
6. Where should I get seeds or young plants for cheap?

See how my mind works?

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  • Anonymous

    you’re a loser – get a man!!!! (and one that actually isn’t 20)

  • As far as sorts, I think you should ask your friend what he uses a lot in his designs. Perhaps you can suggest some new sorts that he can also incorporate.

    With a lot of perennials and grasses, I think you might be better off dividing that starting from seed (sort true).

    Whether or not you need to register with the Chamber of Commerce. Contact them and find out how much you can earn without it being taxed etc.

    Of course you can sell online, but then you are going to have the extra hassle of shipping. So think about whether or not that is a market you are interested in.

    • Thank you for all that information. I asked him and he says Ornamental Grasses.

      I’ll check with the Chamber of Commerce and do more research. I’m not really looking to run a business, more like just doing it for fun and getting a little money back from it.

  • There are a number of community colleges that offer horticulture degrees, but more importantly, offer business classes specifically for hort businesses. It’s pretty important to figure out what sort of expenses you’ll have before diving into this. Depending on what scale you’re thinking, you’ll need to include social security, self-employment tax, insurance, and regular taxes as part of this, in addition to potting medium, fertilizer, pots, tools, seeds, etc., and possibly a small greenhouse.

    1. No, at least not right away.
    2. Yes, particularly at farmers’ markets or fairs, but different markets have different rules/fees for having a booth, so check that out first.
    3. If you want to sell stuff, you are never “just a regular gardener.” Pick a specialty or focus, and talk it up.
    4. For Nevada, do only drought tolerant plants. Some grasses fall into this category, but many grasses are invasive. Invasive = bad. Nevada has a number of display gardens to encourage xeriscaping. A google search should get you hits.
    5. See above.
    6. Get a wholesalers license. It’s not hard to do in California. Also, beg, borrow, or steal cuttings for ‘mama’ plants, and plan on taking the time to grow them out so you can take cutting from them down the road.

    • Thank you plantgirl for all the information and advice. I was just thinking of planting for fun and making a little off of the extras, maybe even for trade, etc… I can also check out our local farmers market and see if anyone sells plants, and inquire about it. I’ll probably have to wait for planting season though. Speaking of a specialty, I should do Coleus! Thanks again :)

  • You’ve gotten some great advice already…and I’m trying to do a similar thing up here…so good luck to us both!

    • Yes, Good Luck to you :) You have to keep us updated on that!!!