willing to share secrets?
I found as a retired nursery retailer and grower that everyone wants to keep their bestsellers close to their vest. I can also kind of see that on these forums but realize that none of you are in my area and will be happy to share my #1 bestseller if you are. Mine requires a greenhouse, needs 55 or above temp starting in march (that's when you plant the plugs) can all go into and sell in 4 inch pots and are easy to grow. Lots of people think they are really hard to grow and get lots of fungus and disease but they do not. I've grown them in a retail setting for 20 years and started growing them again 4 years ago in a 75' backyard greenhouse.( you could get by with 25 feet) First year I did 420, 840 the second year and 1200 last year. I sell every one for 3.00 each and have none left at the end of the year. They also make great light sun to full shade baskets. This year I'll do 1600 and may reach my saturation point as I only do 3 market days a week 2 in one town and 1 in another. This plant always gets lots of ooohs and ahhs from the ladies and men alike. These plants are best bought as plugs through any broker or plug grower for about 45 cents each and usually retail for 3.99 to 4.99 each. Why don't I sell them for that? Been there done that as a retailer now I'm retired and just like to sell nice plants for a reasonable price. None of the small growers in my are sell them so I'm only hurting the big box GARDEN centers (term used loosely) and that makes my day.
So if you want to share some of your best sellers, mostly in the flowering plant end of the market drop me an email via this forum. Lets all share our best and brightest. All we can do is benefit each other and our customers. If you made it all the way through this post you have some interest so lets get the ball rolling. I'm not trying to sell anything and am willing to provide detailed cultural and growing instrusctions to anyone who participates for free. Thanks Steve ps I also have a couple of basket ideas that sell hundreds each spring.