Ground covers are one of the best income producers for small plant nurseries. High in demand, easy to grow and quite profitable. Sound pretty good?
Ground covers are plants that do just that. The start-up costs are fairly low, and it’s one of the highest per-square-foot incomes for any plant nursery. Ground covers cut down on the threat of erosion and weeds, and reduce the need for watering by their ability to lock in moisture. There simply is a big demand for them, so if you can grow what people want, you can do well.
Here are five of the most profitable ground covers that you yourself can grow in your backyard plant nursery:
1. Hedera (Ivy) – This is an evergreen ground cover that spreads rapidly. Plus, there are hundreds of cultivars to choose from. Two of the most popular varieties of English Ivy are “Thorndale” and “Baltic.”
2. Euonymus – The most popular use is for flat areas. As it spreads, it sends out fast-growing stems that root. The two varieties that are particularly popular are Colorata and Radicans.
3. Hypericum (St John’s Wort) – This is a highly-popular ground cover, and can provide erosion control on slopes. It’s also used as a medicinal herb as well.
4. Chamaemelum Nobile (Chamomile) – In Europe, this is often used as a lawn substitute. The flowers can also make for a soothing tea, increasing the amount of uses for this popular herb.
5. Thymus Serpyllum (Thyme)– This can make for a nice fragrant ground cover. There are many low-growing varieties that are quite popular, such as lemon thyme and woolly thyme.
Heaths and heathers almost made the top five, so be sure to consider them if your climate is suitable.To find out what people are looking for, do some research. Talk to landscapers and visit retail nurseries in your area. What ground covers do they often buy? These are the ones you should be growing.
Most ground covers can be propagated by layering, cuttings or division. Your original plants can be used as parent stocks for future plants to grow, keeping costs low.
When you’re ready to sell your ground covers, you have many options:
Sell directly to landscapers – if you can give them what they want at a competitive price, you could see a lot of repeat business.
Mail-order sales – specialty ground covers can be hard to find at local retail nurseries, so many people are turning to mail-order sales to find what they’re looking for. That’s why you should consider placing ads in regional and national gardening magazines if you specialize in .
Retail sales – you can sell directly to the public if your town allows. This allows you to meet a lot of potential customers and get paid right away. Make sure your plants are labeled and get selling!
These are just some of the many ways you can sell your groundcovers. Try the five ground covers recommended here and you could have some profitable plants in no time. Soon your backyard nursery will be the profit center of your dreams. To learn more about profitable ground covers you can grow, read How To Start a Profitable Backyard Plant Nursery.