How to Grow Nursery Stock in Containers


Growing nursery stock in containers provides an opportunity for profit. Nurseries sell two types of rooted plants to the public. Bare root plants are one type of nursery stock. These plants have no soil or containers encasing their roots and require immediate planting. Nurseries also sell rooted plants in containers. Bare root sales are limited to seasons when plants are in their dormant state. Container stock provides year-round income for many nurseries. Grow nursery stock in containers to increase your sales.

Step 1

Plant seeds in flats according to individual instructions for each type of plant. Seed flats provide the initial sprouting area during the early life of nursery stock plants. Plant herbaceous perennials approximately six months before the anticipated time of sale. Allow seedlings to grow in these flats until they are mature enough for transplanting into your containers.

Step 2

Choose the best type of containers for your nursery stock. Choose between plastic pots, fiber pots and fabric containers. Use plastic pots for durability. Avoid using black pots for plants placed in the sun. The sun heats the pots and causes damage to the roots of some plant varieties. Select fiber pots or fabric containers to promote strong and healthy root systems. Purchase the correct size of pots for your desired plant selections. One-gallon pots provide ample space for many medium-sized plants, including flowers and shrubs. Choose hanging pots for trailing flowers and vines. Purchase an adequate amount of pots to hold your transplanted seedlings.

Step 3

Transplant your seedlings into your selected containers. Fill containers with potting soil, allowing space near the top for mulch and water retention. Use care during transplantation to avoid shocking the immature roots of your plants. Plant a variety of herbs or flowers in each hanging basket to provide mini-gardens suitable for hanging from a porch or placing near a patio. Provide support for tall plants and plants that produce vines. Continue to provide adequate light and water to your container plants.

Things You'll Need

  • Nursery stock containers
  • Potting soil


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Keywords: nursery plants, container plants, transplants

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Laura Dee is a writer, artist, and the co-owner of Wallace & Wallace Copywriting,an online business which specializes in providing marketing materials and copy to various companies. She has written for Demand Studios since 2008 and is currently working on a series of childrens' picture books.