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    I'm thinking of starting my own carnivorous plant nursery

    I'm thinking of starting my own carnivorous plant nursery. When I'm done with college and everything, I plan to start one, but I have no idea where to start. Any suggestions?
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    If you look around, you can find a lot of forum members' websites that do mail-order or eBay sales. I think it's just a matter of building an inventory of fast-growing, easy-to-propagate plants. The pros like Andy or Tony do a lot of business importing and reselling stuff from larger wholesale or overseas suppliers, as far as I can tell. A big growspace is another important part - production is multiplicative or exponential for most plants, so the bigger stock you can keep on hand, the more material you'll have to take clones from. Start saving your divisions and give them generous accommodations to tempt them to fill their pots with plenty of offsets. Devise ways for raising things quickly from seed or cuttings (skipping the first few dormancies for Sarrs and VFTs come to mind,) and learn about tissue culture for those plants that don't take to low-tech methods.
    A noble goal - CPs for everyone! Best luck with it.
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    im in the process of doing exactly what you want to do ahmad!

    the hardest part is starting. You need space, and lots of it. Get as big an area as possible, look in places with super cheap land, as you can always use more.

    You also need to get plants to sell lol. Become familiar with propagation techniques and loans, as you will need both. Try taking out a loan to buy from overseas dealers, and in a short while you will have stock and propagation material.

    Other than that, just make sure everything is pest free, your friendly, you have lots of spare money (for ads, and unexpected problems which WILL happen!!!), and be sure to diversify! Get neps, sarras, dew, pings, orchids, fruits, etc...

    I can help you with other stuff, but i cant mention some vendor names and stuff on the forums. PM if ya want.

    Good luck man!
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    Here's a book to get you started
    So You Want to Start a Nursery [ILLUSTRATED] (Hardcover)

    Here' something to consider. Let's say you want to make $20,000 a year and live in near poverty.
    Let's say you have $10,000 worth of expenses.
    Let's say you are hawking CP's for $10 a pop.
    You would need to sell 3,000 plants a year.
    Or 58 plants a week OR 8+ plants a day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by matopis View Post
    Here's a book to get you started
    So You Want to Start a Nursery [ILLUSTRATED] (Hardcover)

    Here' something to consider. Let's say you want to make $20,000 a year and live in near poverty.
    Let's say you have $10,000 worth of expenses.
    Let's say you are hawking CP's for $10 a pop.
    You would need to sell 3,000 plants a year.
    Or 58 plants a week OR 8+ plants a day.
    Makes you appreciate the big nurseries that are still in business after years. In other words...if you do it do not do it for money!
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    matopis has a really good point. And that estimate isn't even including your growing expenses! As they say, don't quit your day job.
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    Quote Originally Posted by seedjar View Post
    matopis has a really good point. And that estimate isn't even including your growing expenses! As they say, don't quit your day job.
    ~Joe
    ...you might want to get a part-time job too
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    I've bantered the idea of growing some easy CP's to be sold to a local nursery, on consignment. Haven't actually hooked up with anyone yet.

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