Make Money Growing Plants

The monetary benefits of asexual propagation make learning these simple techniques of increasing importance. A trip to the local nursery will remind one that landscape plants aren’t cheap, and since many people will most certainly be spending more of their vacation time in their backyards, asexual propagation provides a cost-efficient way to produce any number of plants for landscape use. Producing replicas of plants that already thrive in your yard is a fail-safe way of filling in the landscape and working with your neighbors, your plant choices could literally be overwhelming.

Not only can you save money by asexually propagating plants, but many gardeners have also turned their love for reproducing particular plants into profitable hobby businesses.

Almost all commercial nursery growers buy their starter plants as clones or cuttings from smaller specialty nurseries and hobbyists. They recognize that they purchase a higher quality product from those who are passionate about what they grow and are usually willing to pay a higher price. Other hobbyists grow cloned plants on in small pots for a year or two in their backyard and then sell them in their driveways or in roadside stands each spring. It doesn’t take much space and can be an ideal way to provide a supplemental income stream from a hobby most of us already enjoy.

Words of caution when choosing plant varieties to asexually propagate. Many newer plant varieties are patented. A plant patent is granted by the U.S. Government to an inventor who has invented or discovered and asexually reproduced a distinct and new variety of plant, other than a tuber propagated plant or a plant found in an uncultivated state. The patent, which lasts for 20 years from the date of filing the application, protects the inventor’s right to exclude others from asexually reproducing, selling, or using the plant so reproduced. If you’re selling asexually reproduced plants, be sure you don’t reproduce or sell patented plant varieties that you may have purchased from the nursery. And if you’re looking to your neighbors for new and exciting source plants, be sure to ask their permission before taking any cuttings from their plants. While your neighbor may look at you like you’re nuts, most will give you permission when you ask, plus it’s the polite thing to do.

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