Posted: 02/11/2013 at 16:47
Ryan,I had my first greenhouse when I was 10. I started selling plants to neighbours. I offered to put them in for them and then charged for them. You get more in at 4 inch spacing than 6 inch apart. The neighbours seemed quite pleased. I started growing tomato plants and then advertised in the local paper. At that time it was very much Moneymaker and Ailsa Craig. I sold out. The following year, I grew more varieties. Each year I grew more and sold out. I semi retired from the business at 18(because I went away to Uni), but taught my mum how to prick out. 40 years on,she still sells bedding plants and tomato plants(and my surplus perennials) from the house.
My advice is to keep your overheads as low as possible. You may have to cost in electric for greenhouse propagation/frost free. Use good quality compost (I recommend levington M3) Grow your plants as well as possible and provide a quality product. Advertise locally and on Gumtree and Ebay. Once you build up a ood reputation, people will turn up whether you advertise or not. This is what happened when I went to Uni and my mum took over. I would not get into posting unless you are very sure of the added costs and problems.(methods of payment etc.) Keep good records of costs, and sales as the tax man will want his cut. I would not go nationwide unless you have a rare plants nursery, supplying plants that people cannot get from the local garden centre. You may get into one type of plant as you develop. A lot of specialist nurseries attend plant fairs to sell their wares.