How to Start a Landscape Plants Nursery


Starting a landscape plants nursery takes determination, hard work and a strong sense of business. It also helps if you have knowledge of landscape plants in your particular area. A substantial piece of land is necessary so you can provide a broad selection of plants. Also needed are an irrigation system, good soil, shaded areas, and various sized planting pots. Most states demand that you acquire a business license before starting a business. Your city hall can provide you with the necessary documents and fee information.

Step 1

Locate and prepare an adequately sized piece of land upon which you can store your plants. There must be shaded areas for plants that don't like full sun. If shade isn't available, you can erect shade screens as needed.

Step 2

Offer plants that are best suited to your specific area. You'll want ground cover plants, small plants, shrubs, accent plants and trees. Go to other nurseries and study the types of plants they offer. It is also helpful to drive around your area and notice the kinds of plants used in a typical landscape.

Step 3

Install irrigation on your plot of land. This can be accomplished by running PVC pipe throughout your nursery and inserting sprinkler heads every 20 feet. Another method of watering is accomplished with drip lines. Run the drip lines throughout your nursery and install misters every 3 to 6 feet.

Step 4

Purchase your plant selection in bulk, preferably from a wholesale nursery that specializes in supplying landscape nurseries with their product. If you plan to propagate plants, begin that process immediately.

Step 5

Set up a method of delivery services. You may choose to use a large truck for delivery, or a trailer. Each vehicle must be properly licensed and insured.

Step 6

Provide plant carts for your customers so they can easily transport plants to their cars. Also provide bags of topsoil, fertilizer and mulch, which your customers can purchase as necessary.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not start any business before checking with your town's city hall to learn about licensing, insurance, city codes and other important information.

Things You'll Need

  • Plot of land
  • PVC pipes
  • Sprinkler heads
  • Drip irrigation tubing
  • Drip irrigation emitters
  • Ground cover plants
  • 1-3 gallon plants
  • Shrubs
  • Accent plants
  • Trees
  • Delivery truck
  • Delivery trailer
  • Plant carts
  • Occupational license


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