When Avent announced that he was quitting his job to build a specialty nursery, his former horticulture professor begged his student to reconsider, telling him he couldn't possibly make a profit "without doing something illegal." More than ten years and 20 nursery catalogs later, Avent owns a thriving national business with nearly 30 employees. He wrote So You Want to Start a Nursery to debunk myths about the ornamental-plants nursery business and what it takes to succeed, whether you're a backyard hobbyist or a wholesale grower. (And he still has a clean arrest record.) Assuming that the reader has some basic knowledge about how plants are grown, Avent focuses on the business and planning concerns of the nursery owner. While recounting humorous stories of his baptism by fire as a beginning nurseryman, Avent also provides a primer on the nursery industry as a whole, with discussions of the merits and disadvantages of retail, wholesale, mail-order, and liner operations, to name just a few. Readers of this book will obtain the tools they need to make a business plan of their own. This book is a must-read for horticulture students, industry insiders, and advanced gardeners who dream of turning their passion for plants into a job they love.
Author: Michael Harlan
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing Company
Release Date: 2000
Genre: Business & Economics
A backyard nursery is a great business opportunity for the person seeking some level of self-employment. It can be a full-time operation for the entrepreneur, or a part-time enterprise for a stay-at-home Mom, the retiree who wants to supplement a pension, or the landscaper who wants to make additional income by both selling and installing plants.
Author: Helen Jameson
Publisher: Nelson Thornes
Release Date: 1998
Genre: Business & Economics
Written for people who are planning, starting or running a nursery, this book provides an integrated approach to relevant business and child-care issues. It includes advice on market research, planning and acquiring premises, promoting the nursery, finance, banking, and managing a nursery business, including the management of staff. There are chapters on providing for children and working with their parents, and regular check-lists for the development of action plans.
Author: Ted Michael Taylor
Release Date: 2004-07-01
Genre: Greenhouse management
This NEW 2005 edition, 11-section guide was written by T.M. Taylor, one of the nation's quality growers, to encourage & facilitate the environmentally beneficial & profitable home business of growing herbs, vegetables, trees & flowers. Edible flowers, tropical fruits, hydroponically-grown vegetables--pesticide-free, native trees & aquatic plants for air & water purification are just some of the interesting reasons why greenhouse growers are becoming one of the most important business occupations in the environment movement. Organic, pesticide-free vegetables are in huge demand nationwide, mainly because of the popular selling appliance, "the juicer." Specialty vegetables, fruits & herbs are becoming great items to grow & market for the rural or urban gardener because of a 200% sales increase last year. Native tree seedlings are being sold by the millions & many growers are needed. Demand has skyrocketed for aquatic plants for water treatment; sales of bedding & foliage plants have steadily increased. Equally important, it is being used to encourage & help develop greenhouse programs in schools to give students a hands-on experience in biology, agriculture & business while producing a profitable crop. It includes: what are suitable greenhouses for a business venture; the equipment needed; a list of plants to grow for the highest profits; the best way to grow plants; natural pest control; wholesale pricing; list of buyers & suppliers; marketing tips & much more. 280 jam-packed pages, generously illustrated & produced on recycled paper
Growing your own plants from seeds or cuttings is much easier than you think. The plant propagation techniques that you’ll learn in this book are simple to do and easy to learn, and they work incredibly well! If you already have a green thumb you’ll love this book. If you don’t have a green thumb, be prepared, you are likely to amaze yourself. Finding a beautiful plant and being able to reproduce that plant as many times as you like is a thrilling experience and it can be quite addicting. Since gardening is very therapeutic, that’s a good thing. Learning how to propagate your own plants can result in a great deal of savings and/or earnings. Everyone in my family, from nieces and nephews to grandmas and grandpas, spent some time dabbling in our nursery. Our two sons learned work ethics and the value of a dollar. They also learned to appreciate, and at times be awed by, nature. It took me 35 years of crawling around in the dirt on my hands and knees to learn what I share with you in this book. Reflecting on those years I cannot think of a more rewarding way to spend the better part of my life. It is my sincere hope that you share what you learn in this book with the children in your life. Kids love to garden, and there is no better way to spend quality time with a child than teaching them how to garden. Plants are the heartbeat of the earth. If we can teach kids how to propagate plants, care for them, and admire and respect the plants of this planet, you and I will leave this earth in very capable hands. Jump in, get dirty! Get lost in the magic of plant propagation.
Nursery Management second edition is an introduction to setting up and running profitable and efficient nursery businesses covering production, wholesale and retail nurseries at various scales of operation. The book discusses all the practical aspects of nursery management from site selection, production systems, and plant propagation through to materials and equipment. Conventional as well as non-chemical biological control measures for pests, weeds and disease control are included. Management issues for production nurseries, wholesalers and retail nurseries are treated separately for each operation and cover products and services, budgeting, production management, work scheduling and staffing. The chapter on marketing looks at the major changes that have taken place in the nursery industry, particularly the roles that landscapers, garden centres and hardware stores now play in retailing. It covers market research, promotions, distribution and consumer laws and shows the operator how to define the scope of their operation to fit their resources and how to sell their product for maximum return. This accessible guide is essential reading for anyone considering entering the nursery industry, and for those already in the business. Covers production, wholesale and retail nurseries Discusses practical aspects of site selection, disease control, production systems and equipment Explores marketing issues including distribution and relevant consumer law.
An exhaustive exposition of propagating methods, from growing from seed to cuttings, grafting, layering, and tissue culture. It is based on the actual working methods of successful propagators worldwide and presents detailed explanations and illustrations of the procedures used.
Author: Miranda Smith
Publisher: Reader's Digest Association
Release Date: 2007-01
With her reader-friendly, easy-to-follow directions, a veteran horticulture teacher demonstrates all the ways to cultivate new plants--whether from seed or cuttings or with techniques such as layering, grafting, and budding.
Author: Francis X. Jozwik
Publisher: High Sierra Books
Release Date: 2000
Here is all the help you need to get started in a profitable, enjoyable business growing plants, trees, and flowers. Learn how easy it is to become a successful entrepreneur in ventures which not only make money but contribute to the beauty and harmony of our planet Earth. Discover -- Why special crops such as ornamental plants, trees, and flowers are in such great demand -- and why they command princely prices. -- How it possible to get started earning significant income growing plants, trees and flowers in your own backyard.
Acclaimed since its first appearance as the most practical guide to plant tissue culture and widely adopted as a textbook, this standard work is now even better. This expanded edition introduces new developments in biotechnology, such as genetic engineering and cell culture. It provides detailed recipes for propagating plants from more than 30 families. It explains clearly how to set up a propagating laboratory, from a hobbyist's kitchen to an elaborate commercial enterprise.
Author: Alan R. Toogood
Publisher: Dk Pub
Release Date: 1999
Hundreds of full-color, step-by-step photographic sequences and detailed instructions introduce the appropriate propagation techniques for more than one thousand different kinds of plants, including roses, orchids, ferns, palms, grasses, vegetables, and annuals.
Author: Matt Weiland
Publisher: Harper Collins
Release Date: 2010-10-19
Genre: Social Science
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