Owning a nursery is stressful in that you are dealing with living things and sometimes on a tight time table. I operate a whole sale nursery. Most of everything was imported from Costa Rica (we only dealt with tropicals), we would split a good portion to increase volume. The focus was on 6 plants, and do them well. Having too many varieties causes way more logistical issues than it’s worth for my scale (5 acres). I sold wholesale to landscaping companies, GCs and subs. Philodendrons sold at Lowe’s we’re typically $10 -$12 a plant. I would sell them wholesale for about $6 a plant and still make a healthy margin, and the purchasers would
In turn make a margin off me.
Don’t sorry about selling sod, fertilizer. It’s heavy, takes up a lot of space, and unless you are getting some good pricing it’s not worth it. It’s tough to compete with Lowe’s / Home Depot on retail sales so I leave that to them. I’ve sold to Lowe’s in the past and it was a nightmare. Never again.
We have 4 employees, FT, 48 hours a week to help grow and manage the plants, so there is a lot of work to do.