How to Start a Nursery Business

If you want to start a nursery business, you will have to gain enough knowledge about this kind of business. Start with a business plan that is comprehensively prepared and planned.

Finding the right location, identify the advertising methods, and find a supplier. With the right strategy and knowledge, you can succeed.

Start a Nursery Business with a Business Plan

Do you have the so called ‘green thumb’? If you do, it would be a great idea to start a nursery business. This type of business is different from growing your own plants but it would really help if you are equipped with the right knowledge and experience. Before anything else, develop a business plan. The plan will help you in choosing a location for the business, the advertising methods to use, the hiring of the staffs, the management of the business, and the financials. The plan can still include other aspects and it’s up to you to work on it.

After that, you can now inquire at the local legal authorities to determine the regulations. Apply for a license if it is needed for this type of venture. In most cases, the license can be costly but if you don’t want to encounter any legal problems, this is a MUST. At times, property zoning is also considered. In the US, you can start your business in an area where agricultural or commercial business is allowed. Building a greenhouse, storage house, or warehouse will also require you secure a construction or building permit.

Insurance and Other Concerns of Nursery Business

Finding insurance before the opening of the nursery should be accomplished. You can get general liability insurance, property hazard, and workman’s compensation just in case you have employees. Check if the local government will require you to undergo or comply with agricultural inspections. Since you are going to start a nursery business, the area should have easy access to water like community wells, lakes, or streams. Will you have enough market for your nursery business? There should be substantial demand for the plants to be able to earn some profits. You can sell plants for landscaping, home gardens, and many other uses.

Determine the quantities that you have to produce and make sure that you meet the demand. If customers can’t find the plants they like, you will soon go out of business. Know which plants to sell and develop an effective marketing campaign. You can purchase the land or you can lease it out. Find a reputable supplier so that you can take advantage of discounts on bulk orders. Knowledge is the key to success and since customers will mostly like have many questions, you should be able to answer them all to gain their trust and confidence. Talk to other nursery owners and get more information. For now, you can use this simple guide.


  • durgesh said on December 25, 2012
    hi,i am durgesh. i have nursery.all kinds of plants are avilable. and we supply through india.any help cal me 09949477666
  • sushil sah said on August 25, 2013
    Hi, I am from Dhanusha District of Nepal. I am interested in vegetable and fruit farming. will you please assist me! Thank you.
  • kadivar abdul kadir said on April 25, 2014
    hi i am from gujarat district rajkot i want to start plant nursery, and gardening service business will you assist me!


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