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Re: Upward & Onward

I realize the competition would be much stiffer in your area to sell as an
individual.  But your expertise with larger, long-term items like the palms
puts you a step ahead.  I would think that over the years you've made some
good connections in the industry and might be able to sell to nurseries.
One of our local landscape companies buys some trees from a local dabbler.

For some of your smallewr items you could also try eBay.  I've successfully
bought and sold bulbs, plants, and seeds there.  Admittedly, it is flooded
with people who buy prepackaged glads wholesale and then try to sell them
for full store prices, but since you specialize in the extraordinary, you
might stand out above the fray if you can word the titles well.  Take a look
at Gingersrus.com  They snag buyers on eBay then tell them to come on over
to theiir site.

You also seem to know all the ins and outs of garage sale and farmers market
type buying.  You could turn that to your advantage.  It may take awhile to
establish, but word of mouth brings people to you.  I started putting some
plants out at mmy neighborhood association's annual garage sale (fortunately
always scheduled the last Sat in April) and a few people bought some things.
8 or so years down the line, I've got regulars who bring their family,
co-workers, and friends and they clean me out of about 500 pots in 5 hours.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "james singer" <islandjim1@verizon.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Wednesday, April 13, 2005 5:12 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Upward & Onward

> Interesting subject, Kitty.
> So far we have mainly propagated stuff to add to the plantation. And
> because the plantation is very much a work in progress, we rip out a
> lot of things that we've decided we didn't want after all. Only
> recently have we thought seriously about growing on divisions,
> cuttings, et cetera for sale.
> Some of the things that we are most interested in are not quick
> turn-around plants; others are, of course.
> Right now I have about a dozen palms that I am grooming for sale. Four
> of them are California date palms [Phoenix dactylifera], which in
> 7-gallon pots should fetch $25.00 each without argument. The other
> eight are silver Bismarcks [Bismarckia nobilis]. In 7-gallon pots, with
> an inch of stem showing, they should easily bring $50.00 to $75.00
> each, the price depending on the color that has been attained by that
> time.
> But all these palms are at least a year from salability. Meantime,
> we've got some cats and dogs [metaphor, guys, metaphor] that are
> salable. Mexican petunias, ponytail palms, Hong Kong orchid trees,
> oleanders and oleander standards, Turk's caps, and similar plants, that
> could be sold now.
> Maybe I need to re-think this and, at a minimum, compile an inventory.
> On Apr 12, 2005, at 7:04 PM, Chapel Ridge Wal Mart National Hearing
> Center wrote:
> > Jim, with a year-round growing season and so many plants that so
> > readily
> > multiply, what do you do with the excess?  I realize you relocate your
> > extra
> > orchids by tying them to trees, but what about things like this Iris?
> > Do
> > you give them away or compost?  or something else?  Part of the reason
> > I'm
> > able to have my plant sale is that I don't like to compost something
> > that
> > really wants to live.  I figure someone will want it - even tawny
> > daylilies - and they do sell.  But my growing season is mauch shorter
> > than
> > yours and iffy items are more likely to fail than flourish.  If I had
> > an
> > environment like yours, I'd be potting non-stop and running out of
> > room and
> > having a sale every month.  I don't know that I could keep up with it.
> >  So
> > where do you draw the line?  What gets trashed?
> >
> > Kitty
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: "james singer" <islandjim1@verizon.net>
> > To: "Chat" <gardenchat@hort.net>
> > Sent: Monday, April 11, 2005 12:38 PM
> > Subject: [CHAT] Upward & Onward
> >
> >
> >> About 2 years ago, we potted up ligustrum cuttings in 3-gallon pots.
> >> We
> >> were going to keep jumping them in size until they reached 15 gallon,
> >> then sell them. Since then, we confiscated and planted four ourselves
> >> in a mixed hedge and gave another three or four away [Ms Fatma's
> >> school
> >> is a black hole for plants]. Well, we forgot one. And when we cleaned
> >> out the rear area of Ms Fatma's reading room a couple of weeks
> >> ago--there it was, 8 feet tall with enormous roots that had ripped up
> >> the pot and sunk into the ground.
> >>
> >> Since it was "about" where we would have planted a tree of some kind,
> >> we decided to cut the remainder of the pot off, build a
> >> pressure-treated wooden box around it, fill the box with soil, and
> >> plant smaller stuff in the box so it looked like we had intended to do
> >> this all along.
> >>
> >> I finally got around to doing that today. I transplanted calla lilies
> >> and caladiums--both of which are just now breaking the surface in this
> >> neighborhood--around the base of the tree.
> >>
> >> We did a similar kind of box a number of years ago and planted African
> >> iris in it. The iris have now maxed out the box, so we need to remove
> >> the box, divide the iris, and start all over again. It's always
> >> something.
> >>
> >> Island Jim
> >> Southwest Florida
> >> 27.0 N, 82.4 W
> >> Hardiness Zone 10
> >> Heat Zone 10
> >> Minimum 30 F [-1 C]
> >> Maximum 100 F [38 C]
> >>
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> Southwest Florida
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    • Re: Upward & Onward
      • From: "Chapel Ridge Wal Mart National Hearing Center" <4042N15@nationalhearing.com>

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