starting a greenhouse/nursery

Discussion in 'Nurseries and Growers' started by KCL, Aug 12, 2008.

  1. KCL

    KCL LawnSite Member
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    I recently purchased 5 acres with two greenhouses. It was used as a wholesale nursery for aquatic plants. What sort of permits or specials things do I need to be able to sell mt plants? Do I need inspection from teh department of agriculture or anything like that?
     
  2. CkLandscapingOrlando

    CkLandscapingOrlando LawnSite Senior Member
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    Go to USDA web site and click on your state.In florida we have 2 diffrent kinds.One for growers who grow their own stock and one for re-wholesellers who buy their stock already grown.Whats your market?Are staying whith the what the last guy grew or do you have a new idea?A really good book is called "So you want to start a nursery".
     
  3. KCL

    KCL LawnSite Member
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    The previous owner grew almost all aquatic plants. I think that the public interest has really gone down in aquatic plants. I plan on growing the basic perennials to start out. I have a couple of contractors to sell to. I would like to do some retail so I will start to branch out growing different things when I get a better idea of the market and learn the industry a little better. What do you grow?
     
  4. CkLandscapingOrlando

    CkLandscapingOrlando LawnSite Senior Member
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    I currently just use the back yard to grow for my landscaping but I'm looking into moving to north florida and growing cold hardy tropicals.I have oleanders,4 var. of jasmine,coonties,plumeria,hibiscus,crinums,myrtles,4 var. lantana,11 var.cannas,bird of paradise white and orange,fountain grass,day lilies 5 var.,some citrus,some cactus,5 var crotons,2 var. of ties and a bunch of other crap.
    I dont think you'll find to many growers on here but I'd love to keep in touch.I love the plants alot more then the grass
     
  5. KCL

    KCL LawnSite Member
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    Do you know of any grower forums?
     
  6. CkLandscapingOrlando

    CkLandscapingOrlando LawnSite Senior Member
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    I wish I did.I'm sure theres one out there but I have yet to find it
     
  7. allinearth

    allinearth LawnSite Senior Member
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    Nope not many growers on here. Arbor site has a section for nursery. Wish there was more discussion here. If you find a good site let me know.
     
  8. sancho_man_orlando

    sancho_man_orlando LawnSite Member
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    I have about an acre in east orlando (behind avalon) that I am planning on using to start a small nursery.

    I have bromeliads, canna lillies, fire bush, oleanders, aztec grass, mexican petunias, crotons, madagascar palms...
     
  9. sancho_man_orlando

    sancho_man_orlando LawnSite Member
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    I enjoy the plant end of things more than I do the grass.

    Growing up I have memories of my father taking me to his nearly 10 acre field where he grew corn, sugar cane, agave plants.

    He'd literally work me for hours and I fell in love with working outdoors, the land, fresh air, mother nature!

    I bought these few acres to build a house on but I can't even afford to pay for the plans to have it built! So, in the meantime, if I could work the land and have it produce an income stream for me I would love to do so.

    If you have any advice or suggestions on how to make this a reality or maybe even a few tips or ideas that I may not have thought about that'd be welcome.

    Chris
     
  10. CkLandscapingOrlando

    CkLandscapingOrlando LawnSite Senior Member
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    The most important thing I can say is go to the fnats show next month.I'm sure I could give you a few ideas I just dont know where your at with your own ideas.I could definatly point you in a few directions on supplies,plants,irg. parts,and maybe some ideas on the set up.Thats if you need any of that.Hit me up and let me know.
     

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