Flower growers make, on average, $20 to $30 an hour. It's simply a great business for anyone looking to turn their backyard nursery into a garden of profitable plants. In particular, bulbs continue to be top sellers. Marvin Joslin makes over $100,000 a year selling bulbs and flowers from the garden he started out in the country. He focuses on lilies, because they're hardy perennials that can grow in all four seasons. Plus, lilies grow into long-lasting cut flowers that are always top sellers.
In addition to lilies, there are many other bulbs that have something you probably didn't know about them:
*Daffodils - They're virtually immune to pests and disease.
*Iris - There are around 200 species in a variety of color and form.
*Tulips - These were once a holy flower in Turkey and Iran.
*Hyacinth - These are known for their delicate scent.
Plus, bulbs can be forced to grow outside of their normal season, which can be especially profitable. "Forcing" can cause bulbs to grow months before the normal cycle by simulating the natural conditions. Some popular bulbs for forcing include:
*"Paperwhite" daffodil for Christmas
*"Olaf" tulip for Valentine's Day
*"Anne Marie" hyacinth for Valentine's Day
*"Peerless Pink" tulip for Mother's Day
When you're ready to sell your flowers, you have many places you could try, such as the local farmers' market. These events continually draw big crowds eager to buy from local growers. Set up a stand or booth and get ready for the big profits. It's also a good idea to put out a mailing list that your customers can sign up for. That way you can keep in contact with your customers and let them know when and where you'll be selling your flowers next.
Or how about selling to hotels and restaurants. Many hotels and restaurants buy flowers to make their tables and entryways look nice. It's a simple way to bring class to any room. Plus, these restaurants and hotels will want to keep their tables and entryways looking classy, so you could see a lot of repeat sales.
Mail-order sales work well for many growers. The more exotic or unusual your bulbs, the better they will sell with a small classified in gardening magazines and newsletters. You can be growing flower bulbs for profit in no time. They're easy to grow, and can provide some beautiful results. Soon you could be making $20 to $30 an hour, or more, from growing flowers for profit. To learn more, read Growing Flowers for Profit, available at http://profitableplants.com
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Craig Wallin is the author of 8 books about growing high-value specialty crops, such as herbs, flowers, garlic, mushrooms, ginseng, bamboo, lavender, exotic trees, woody ornamentals, microgreens and landscaping plants.
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