Tree nurseries are quite an important field in agriculture as they are known to provide the necessary trees required for ornamental purposes, landscape purposes as well as flowering. Unlike retail or private nurseries, wholesale nurseries sell their trees to big corporations such as commercial gardeners or other nurseries. Below are some essential facts about the wholesale nurseries you would love to know about when setting up one.
1. Decision Making Strategies – Just because you are majoring in the growth and development of trees does not mean your work is cut out for you. The job might be tougher than it looks especially if you are a first-timer. Setting up a wholesale nursery requires a lot of sound decisions before you break the ground running. For instance, you would love to know that as a business, what will you grow, who are the targeted customers as well as how you intend to deliver the plants or flowers to them. The most important thing is that you are opening up a wholesale tree nursery which serves an entirely different brand of customers when compared to the others. Let us say for instance your intended market is going to be those in the landscaping industry; this will force you to grow various ornamental trees and flowers on a large scale, take care of the plants well and ensure they can be adopted for the landscaping purposes. You would also require a lot of containers, especially during the summer for plant transplanting. Before diving into the profession, have a complete strategy on how to tackle each of these factors.
2. Plant Selection, Land and Labor – It is quite obvious that you cannot work entirely by yourself in an entire tree nursery. Some help is required especially if the nursery is big. You also require enough land where you can grow your plants peacefully in the best conditions to promote exceptional growth. Many wholesale nurseries usually specialise in starter plants also referred to as liners. These can be sold to both retailers and wholesalers as well within the industry. The liner nurseries include products such as seedlings, rooted cuttings as well as cultured tissue plants. The main advantage about the liners is that they are cheaper and easy to grow therefore requiring little labour. The liners take away the need for too much work and are perfect for startups. However, eventually, you will want your plants to be accessible throughout, they will have to be grown in singular, double or quad containers while ensuring that you major in the production of limited plant varieties. To achieve this as a business and make the nursery work, you will require a lot of land and labour.