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Starting a small nursery

Evening all i was looking for abit of research of my fellow goyers.

Im starting this year growing a supply of hardy perennials mainly for sale next year, at my local market in town the lady sells them at £3 a perennial and for annuals she sells 9 for £2.

Do you think this is reasonable to carry on or should i aim abit lower. I am quite far from the market im talking about so wont be competing with her customers.

I was thinking £1.50 for perennials, same for annuals like her and then maybe 50p for veg plants. what do you think?

Thankyou for any other advice anyone is willing to give :)



£1.50 sounds rather cheap to me - do you want to make money? I think the other lady has it about right - you only have to visit garden centres to see the crazy prices they charge. We have 3 in our immediate vicinity and I do the rounds and get whichever is selling the cheapest.

13 Jul, 2012


It all depends on your local prices Sensei. Also what size pots will you be selling your perennials in?

I'm a nurseryman growing one litre perennials and sell plants at auction and a few on stalls ,one owned by a local farmer who mainly sells farm produce and one outside a friend's home on a main roads. My area has low prices but i'm in the sticks.

I sell at £1.50 for 1 litre perennials at the farmer's stall( He keeps 50p) and £1 each or 6 for £5 at my friends who doesn't charge me commission.

Many people are taking 6 for £5 and it won't surprise you to learn that I'm selling 5 times more at my friends than at the farmer's stall!

Similar perennials sell at £1. 50 to £1. 99 on the local market or £2.99 or 4 for £10 at two local garden centres .

If the local market will pay £3 that is what you should charge but if she's been there years she will have built up a good reputation so can probably charge more than you as a beginner with no reputation yet..

13 Jul, 2012

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