Growing for a Nursery! Have some questions....

stephaniesgarden(8)April 23, 2009

Just got the chance of my dreams. A huge landscaping and nursery company just asked me to start growing vegetables and bedding flowers for them.

Well thats all fine. I have a small greenhouse 12x16 and for another $100 I can easily build another one. Meanwhile, I know it will take a month or two to get all theses seeds in and ready. Mean while how can I go about labeling them. I have my business that I am trying to start...its called "Stephanies Garden" Nursery and Landscaping.

Any cost effective way to lavel thousands of plants with out spending a fortune and how could I encorparate my business name on the plants?

ANY other suggestions for growers selling to nursery would be greatly appreciated!

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hortster(6a, southcentral KS)

Most small growers use a good ol' white grease pencil on the flat and often on each individual pot. Since the pots and flats are dark the white shows up well and stays for quite a long time. The other answer is google "horticultural labels" and there are a bunch of companies that sell bulk labels for a jillion varieties.
It is possible to get your business name on the individual labels, but that adds bucks to the cost. You might consider a single stick label in OR permanent sticker with your name and logo on all pots, then grease pencil an acronym on each container (BBT = Better Boy tomato, JST =Jet Star, etc.) for sure ID.
Good luck with the biz.

    Bookmark   April 23, 2009 at 5:27PM
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how about a ptouch label maker? there are heavy duty adhesive labels available. The software runs a PC and you can add small graphics. You would need to peel and stick the label on a regular stick and decide if its per-pot or per-flat.

    Bookmark   April 24, 2009 at 8:01PM
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If these plants are going to a retail nursery, be prepared to have tags with all relevant info--name of plant, conditions under which it should be grown, description of vegetable, etc. These are readily available for common items from several tag companies, but there could be several weeks between order and delivery.

For your business ID you could have separate tags custom printed with just that info.

It's late in the game to go the route of custom tags which list you as the grower somewhere on the plant tag. You'd be doing good to get your business info on an order of plain tags in time for this year's plantings.

Customers expect tags with info, and preferably in color with a picture of the vegetable. Grease pencils would never cut it in the area I live.

    Bookmark   April 27, 2009 at 9:40PM
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