Bamboo is a “high-value” landscaping plant that retails for considerably more than most landscaping trees and shrubs.That’s why growing bamboo for profit is a growing field that can bring you the type of income you’ve always dreamed of. So how can you have a successful bamboo business? Here’s a blueprint to get you started as a bamboo farmer.
First of all, grow what people want! That sounds obvious, but is the very thing that holds back some growers. As is true with any business, you need to sell something people want to buy. Bamboo plants are high in demand, but certain varieties are simply more popular than others. Do your research and find out what the hot sellers are. Talk to landscapers, retail nursery centers, and other growers to find out what they’re looking for. If you can grow the varieties people want, and sell them at competitive prices, you could see a lot of business.
Next, make sure your plants are growing up healthy and strong. Make sure your soil has a neutral pH. If your area gets particularly cold in the winter, consider growing your bamboo plants on a sloping hillside that faces south. Also, only use organic fertilizers. And don’t forget that almost all varieties of bamboo need a lot of sunlight. Make sure your backyard nursery is located in a sunny spot.
When you’re ready to propagate your plants, re-plant the root divisions in containers. Bamboo does particularly well in pots and planters that can “breathe,” as that improves water drainage. Plus, containers can be sold almost anytime. Container-grown bamboo plants are the best choice for small growers, as they are ready to go when sold, and are easier for the purchaser to plant in the new location.
Once you’re ready to sell your plants, be sure to sell them at the right places. If your town allows it, consider selling right from your backyard nursery. It’s one of the best ways to turn your plants into highly-profitable plants. Be sure to set out a sign-up sheet for your mailing list, as this is a great way to stay in contact with your customers. Also, many areas put together a regional map of growers and farmers that sell directly to the public, as well as local farmer’s markets. If this is happening in your town, be sure that you get on this map as well.
You can also sell directly to landscapers who buy larger quantities of plants. It’s another great way to get repeat business. Or how about selling to retail garden centers? They have to get their plants somewhere, so why not your backyard nursery? You’ll have the best luck if you try to sell to them during the off-season, as their buyers will have more time to talk.
Before long you can be growing bamboo plants for profit. Your bamboo business can be the one everyone turns to if you can grow the types of healthy plants they’re looking for. Do your research, take good care of your plants, sell them at the right places and soon you’ll be making the kind of profits you’ve always wanted. To learn more, read Golden Harvest.