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This isn't a get-rich-quick scam. It won't make you millions of dollars either, and you are going to have to do some work.
For those of you who didn't bounce off after reading that, this is a good way to supplement your income. All you will need is a willingness to make a bit of a mess and four items:
I'm not going to be able to give you an exact time of year or season. It's going to vary depending on where you live. What I can advise you to do though is read the back of your seed packets. Whenever it says to start the seeds indoors, add two weeks to it. Do this in order to have some very mature and healthy looking plants when customers come to look at them.
(Example: The seed packet says to start your seeds four to six weeks before your last frost date. You will be starting yours six to eight weeks before your last frost date.)
Fill your nursery pots of choice with very finely sifted potting mix or seed starting mix. Follow the seed planting depth on the back of your seed packet, but only plant two seeds per container. Then water them in well. No fertilizer is needed yet.
It doesn't matter what kinds of seeds you start. The guidelines and care that you have to provide for them are pretty much all going to be the same:
Figuring out a price for your plants is going to take a little bit of research. Go around to the places where they sell seedlings and plant starts to get an idea. You will probably end up somewhere between $3–$5 per plant.
Always be aware of what should be going into the ground and when for your area. Let's say you just started selling lettuce, which is a cool weather crop. This is giving you space to move new set of starts into your nursery. You don't want to start more cool weather crops if you live in a warmer climate. You're going to want to fill those empty spots in your nursery with warm weather crops like cucumbers or squash. By the time you've sold out of your lettuce, your warm weather crops should be close to ready to sell. Then switch back to cool weather crops as fall grows near.
That's really all there is to it. It's easy. You probably aren't going to make a full-time income selling plants off of your kitchen table, but you can make a good side income in your spare time. Here are some bundle ideas that sell pretty well for me.
Use your imagination and be creative. If you have special holidays or festivals in your area, take advantage of them, their names, and any traffic that they may bring your way.
Michael (author) from Indiana, PA on March 22, 2019:
Thank you very much. I love having live plants around my house wherever and whenever I find room. It’s an awesome addiction that helps keep the air clean and can also be an excellent source of supplemental income if the right plants are chosen.
Denise McGill from Fresno CA on March 21, 2019:
Great ideas. I guess I could use a countertop instead of my table. I'm apartment bound and would love to have more plants around me. Thanks.
Michael (author) from Indiana, PA on December 01, 2018:
Thank you very much. I forgot to mention that. Doing this very thing is how my daughter learned. Hell, I'm 38 and it's still magical to me.
RTalloni on December 01, 2018:
This table top nursery idea is nicely laid out. Plants are a great way to have a side income. Selling homegrown plants is also a neat way to introduce children to gardening and handling money.