This article is a first in a series that will explain what you will need to start your own plant propagation business.
The first item you will need when starting your propagation business is knowledge.
You need to have a basic understanding of which plants will grow in your zone, how to care for them, and the best method for propagating it. Without this basic knowledge, you will have a tough time keeping your plants alive.
So where does someone get this knowledge? Surfing the net, books, newsletters, PDFs, you name it, the knowledge is everywhere. And that is the problem! Gathering this information can be very time consuming. On top of that, if the information has been written by someone who does not have real world experience growing and propagating the plant, you may be learning the wrong methods. You really don’t want to be starting off gathering the wrong information.
One of the best resources for plant propagation info is obviously Amazon. For instance, Michael Dirr’s Manual of Woody Landscape Plants: Their Identification, Ornamental Characteristics, Culture, Propagation and Uses
is one of the absolute best books you can buy and I recently saw 34 used copies for $33.00 each. That is a great savings over the price of a new copy!
Another great book is Hartmann and Kester’s Plant Propagation: Principles and Practices (7th Edition). Used copies were $25 less than the new ones when I last looked!
Look for more books or other propagation items at Amazon by using the search box below or by using the suggestions provided on the right sidebar. Start building your library and knowledge today!
How about free information about plant propagation?
My motto is “If it is free, it is for me!” and I live by it every day. There are some wonderful websites and newsletters devoted to plant propagation. One of the best newsletters I have found is at Freeplants.com. As well as the free newsletter, there are some great articles right at the website that you can learn a lot from.
Another great way of gaining knowledge for free is through PDFs and other reports that have been written by plant propagators. For instance, DipNGrow has a nice free PDF available. DipNGrow is a rooting hormone that is widely used by professional plant propagators with great results. DipNGrow is a concentrated liquid that you dilute depending on the type of cutting you are rooting. Simply dilute it to the concentration you need. Saves a ton of waste!
I have personally collected hundreds of PDFs on plant propagation, misting systems, nursery management, pests and diseases of plants, growing fruits and berries, as well as how to attract hummingbirds and butterflies. If you want to access them, become a member! It is free and you get access to all the PDFs I have gathered to increase my knowledge about running a plant propagation business. As well as the PDFs, I have a list of websites I go to when I need to gather information on various plant related subjects.
In part 2 I will talk about what stock plants are.