Gardening: How to Make Money Selling Plants

Do you have a green thumb? You can make extra money selling plants on Craigslist.
Do you have a green thumb? You can make extra money selling plants on Craigslist. | Source

Another way to make money with Craigslist

I have tried several ways of making money on Craigslist, and I have been pretty successful. I recently found another way to earn extra money using the site - this time by using my green thumb. I have been propagating plants and gardening with rooted cuttings to sell on Craigslist. One question I have about this though is this:

I ponder this question - Can I make money in my garden and still enjoy my passion?

I started gardening a few years ago when my parents were sick and it was a very therapeutic thing for me. To work with colors, different textures and arrangements appealed to the artistic side of me.

Unfortunately (or fortunately) I'm not quite sure now, gardening has also become a small source of income for me. The reason I say that is because my business minded head is always looking for new ways to make money.

All this because I found out I have a super "neon" green thumb...

As my horde of plants grew, so did my need for space. My green thumb grew and so did my plant cuttings, rootings and seeds. Now I had many plants in various stages - seedlings just emerging, "volunteers" that came back from who knows where, and various new plants from all methods of propagation (rooted cuttings being the best so far)

I soon realized that I either had to grow a larger yard or find new homes for all my new plant refugees. Being the business minded person I am, of course the thought of selling them came to mind.

Since I love to Craigslist, this was my first place of choice to sell my plants. At first I started selling them by the plant, but that became too time consuming. So I switched it up and started selling them as "lots" and called them my "Landscapers Specials".

Make money planting, growing and selling your plants from your garden. Good way to use Craigslist to make extra income.
Make money planting, growing and selling your plants from your garden. Good way to use Craigslist to make extra income. | Source

Making money with your garden plants - and having fun too!

First Cut Daffodils of the Season (and Me) I have a lot of fun in my garden - and I make some money too!
First Cut Daffodils of the Season (and Me) I have a lot of fun in my garden - and I make some money too! | Source

I make money selling plants on Craigslist

What I didn't expect to happen was that I would get so many calls on my specials. Pretty soon I was selling a lot or two a week, and I found that the people that came to buy my plants seemed to appreciate the planting advice more than the plants themselves, Since I enjoy working with people, this was a natural for me and I was further spurred to produce more plants.

Pretty soon I was re-accessing the yard and pulling up everything that I didn't want, starting more plants and even buying plants at "distress" sales at the local hardware store and bringing them back to life (for the most part I was successful)

My problem now? I'm afraid to destroy my love of gardening by commercializing my passion. I've done this before with other talents I have (like my art) and I don't want to lose the love I have for it by making money at it -

So is it possible to do what you love for money without destroying what you love?

Can you make money gardening and still have fun?

I have yet to answer the question as Spring is here and guess what?

The yard is full AGAIN.

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gwittmuss 8 years ago from Bryant, AR

I like you Hub, very creative idea. Well done

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Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada

Everyone need to make money in this day and age...with other words most of us have to motto is if you really love what you do it will never feel like work.

great HUB regards Zsuzsy

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Dorsi 8 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area Author

Thanks Zsuzsy, I pretty much agree but sometimes it seems like when a hobby becomes commercialized it loses the joy of just doing it. Maybe I take all this too too seriously!!

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dafla 8 years ago

Great hub, Dorsi, and thanks for the idea of selling plants in lots. I don't have as many plants as I did, but it's spring, and the volunteers are coming up, so guess where they'll be going? In pots, of course.

I know when I worked at the garden center, I still loved the propagation I did more than anything else. I also loved teaching people how to grow them, as it seems you do. Yes, you can maintain your passion and still make money.

"Do what you love. Know your own bone; gnaw at it, bury it, unearth it, and gnaw it still." Henry David Thoreau

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Dorsi 8 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area Author

Oh your quite welcome Dafla, that's why this place is great, to help each other and give each other new ideas. When I sell the "lots", I usually sell 10-12 plants at a time, I try to anchor the lot with at least one pretty good size plant, then a variety of others-usually one gallon plants, and maybe 2-3 smaller ones included. People seem to like taking home a few so they can cover an area.

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Whitney05 8 years ago from Georgia

Cool. I never thought of gardening for money, but I'm not much of a green thumb. I do think one can do something for fun and make money at it. I breed reptiles for fun and make money, granted not much, but that doesn't matter. I mean yes, I'm a few grand in the hole, but eh, it's fun to see a hatchling grow until it's sold to a new home. They never turn out how you think, so it's just a guessing game as to what you're REALLY going to get. I can picture you waiting to see a flower bud d bloom for the first time after bringing a new plant see or sprout home. That's what I am waiting for eggs to hatch. It's fun, and I can make a little money at it... Well, not real money just payback to my account money.

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Dorsi 8 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area Author

Thats cool Whitney. I used to have an iguana, I never thought of breeding them, but I used to breed birds. I guess you can make money at almost any passion you have, if you can ever pay yourself back for what you put into I can't imagine what I've spent on my gardening passion- but it does get more worthwhile when planting from seeds or rootings.

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desert blondie 8 years ago from Palm trees, swimming pools, lots of sand, lots of sunscreen

So appreciate the sentiments of this colum! I'm a desert Calif. gardener, so am just now setting out plants that you (probably) set out months ago! But we have similar questions...I have quite a good green thumb and wondering if there's financial potential in it....mainly now just giving away herbs to work colleagues with cute/homey recipes attached. Most colleagues native to So.Cal...I'm from 'middle America' where fresh herBS are SOOOO RARE! What do I do to share my interests and/or make a dollar or two from my so protected, so fresh herbs?

Shirlie 8 years ago

Perhaps you would feel better about making money off of them if you grow some for a special purpose like a charity project of some sort. I imagine you could get fairly creative with it. Your business sense would also be pleased as I imagine this would generate lots of good will and word of mouth advertising.

Naturalnightdew 8 years ago

I love to garden which I just realized now. I’ve also started a blog to feature this. I am new at both the gardening and also blogging.I agree with Zsuzsy Bee, if you love what you do, it’ll not be a burden at all.I would also love to make money through gardening. Similar to Desert Blondie, I give away to my colleagues.

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Lgali 7 years ago

very nice hub again thanks

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Ann810 5 years ago from Sunny Cali

That seems like a great idea, I now have to post my phone number on Craigslist for selling my crochet items. Neat information, thanks.

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Dorsi 5 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area Author

Your welcome Ann - good luck with that!

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