Make Money Growing Starter Plants. In the early spring, gardeners are on the hunt for young plants for their garden. These plants (also called seedlings, starts and sprouts) give gardeners a head start on the growing season and enable them to have an earlier harvest than starting from seeds would provide.
You can cash in on this early spring plant hunt and make money growing starter plants by following these tips for starting garden seeds indoors.
Winter Start Up
Vegetable seeds are started indoors in late winter so they will be healthy plants by early spring. The winter start up time is also excellent since it’s a time of year when people have cabin fever and nothing to do outdoors.
Start Up Cost
A few packets of seeds, a bag of potting soil, a bag of compost (unless you make your own), disposable drinking cups and a plant mister is all you need to get started. For less than a $20 investment you can get a lucrative business up and running.
Start Up Containers
By the time the starter plants are ready to be sold at a local farmers market, flea market or vegetable stand, they should be in individual containers. Disposable drinking cups, plastic or Styrofoam, are perfect choices for containers of plants ready to be sold.
Start garden seeds no earlier than 6 weeks before the last killing frost in your area.
- Label containers with plant type being grown inside.
- Prepare planting containers with soil mix and use a pencil to make holes in the soil 1/4 inch deep and 2 inches apart. Plant one seed in each hole, cover with soil, press down lightly and mist soil surface with water.
- Place containers on the tray, cover with a damp towel and set tray in a dark, warm location for the next 4 days. Each day, raise the towel and mist the soil with water.
- On the 6th day after planting, remove the towel and move the tray to south or east facing window so the seed containers will receive direct sunlight. Mist soil daily as plants continue to grow.
Selling Starter Plants
In a few weeks, you will have healthy garden plants ready for sale. Each plant sold will garner you $1-$5, depending on plant variety and seller competition, with the average plant price being about $3. All varieties of tomatoes are quick sellers. Squash, cucumber and pepper plants also sell quickly.
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