In retirement I plan on running a backyard nursery. Between now and then I like to execute what I call proof of concept; basically I propagate and sell in particular ways to see if my assumptions agree with reality.
In the past I have propagated haskaps, let them grow for a season, and sold them the next season for $20. By then the plants have gone through 3 growth spurs; the initial, late summer, and in the spring. At this point they have achieved a fairly decent market size. This year I’m considering selling first year plants, basically well rotted cuttings. These I would sell for $10. Basically half the money but with a significantly reduced work load.
Does this sound sensible? Something you think people would be interested in?
I don’t mind paying more in exchange for years. Our growing season is too short and the winters are so long.
That being said, people seem to love a “good deal” and something that is $10 would be a very attractive price for the average person that isn’t a plant addict.
I’ve been to some of the neighborhood backyard nursery sales and people go crazy for flowers- and everything is priced under $20. You’d probably make more selling flowers than you would selling haskaps (perennial flowers).
There is a very long thread in the subject with lots of good approaches.
Me, I have a super short season where growth doesn’t usually start until May. In other to get a head start I may take my cuttings in late February and may temporarily stick the bundles in the snow. By mid March the latest the bundles are stuck in moist peat moss with a heat underneath, warm bottoms and cold tops promote root growth over leafing, which improves survival. By mid April they go into pots and would be ready by June.