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Old 09-18-2019, 04:06 PM
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So this year I planted a dozen blackberry plants, some blueberry plants, pawpaw trees and I ordered some raspberry seeds to plant next year.

It occurred to me that berry seeds are quite cheap, and you never (at least around me) see the plants for sale, you have to order them online.

I occasionally see people selling tomatoes and other plants at farmers markets and flea markets, but I've never seen berries for sale. The only place I've seen them is as root cuttings on an end cap at Walmart very early in the season.

I bought 300 each blue, black and raspberry seeds for $30 on ebay. I'm planning on buying some containers for them, and starting them in the spring after stratifying them over the winter in my fridge. I got triple crown thornless blackberry, jumbo southern blueberry, and some popular species of raspberry that I don't remember off hand.

I'm thinking if I go to the local farmers markets in my area, and go to a couple big flea markets with outdoor sellers areas, I can probably net a couple grand for my fairly small investment.

I'm thinking $5 each, or 6 for $25 for pint containers with 6-12" tall plants that will take this year and provide fruit the following year.

Just a side hustle, but it would be nice to have a couple grand in cash for a nice vacation at the end of summer with the family. Something to keep me busy on the weekends instead of sitting around, and puts some money in my pocket.

I'm curious what others think? How is the price point? Do you see this as something that people would actually be interested in buying? When I tell people I've planted berry bushes they are always like "oh neat, I've got a spot where I'd like to plant some too". But, since you don't typically see them around, you have to go out of your way to order them online.
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What about planting them, then harvesting and selling the berries?
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Originally Posted by Boataholic View Post
What about planting them, then harvesting and selling the berries?
I don't have the space for that. Plus, you can go to the store and buy berries for cheap.
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Originally Posted by lugoismad View Post
I don't have the space for that. Plus, you can go to the store and buy berries for cheap.
Youíre already learning. Smart man.

Cheaper, better or obsolete. If your product doesnít fit one of those three models you are just another retailer in a VERY big pool.
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Youíre already learning. Smart man.

Cheaper, better or obsolete. If your product doesnít fit one of those three models you are just another retailer in a VERY big pool.
My thought is, its hard to find berry plants. So I'd have something you don't see often. Just selling berries would be much more labor intensive for a product you can get almost anywhere.
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Exactly. So hone the sale model, know your product inside and out, find the market and kill Ďem!!

Go for it! You have the enthusiasm and drive. Nice.
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seeds from berries like most plants that fruit/ nut from pollination might not come out the same as the plant they were taken from.
that is why all I have seen sell clones/cuttings from a proven plant
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Cool idea. I think I paid 15 bucks for a blueberry plant at home depot. It was only about 12" tall.
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Not a bad idea but I don’t know your market. Around here any rural king or local nursery will have berry plants in the spring that work well in the area.

As as far as picking and selling, that’s not all bad either. I have blackberries and this year the crop was overly abundant. Sold 30 gallon at $15/gallon and people lining up for them. Granted it’s hot picking berries in July and August, but my teenage daughters did the picking, (along with a little help) I sold them, they got the cash.
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Blueberries are very expensive at the market.
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Sounds like a great idea.

I'd plant them in a half gallon or 1 gallon pot to start so you don't have to water every day and so you don't have them get all rootbound before selling them. You won't have to take the time to transplant them to keep them looking healthy either.

Use organic dirt and nutrients so you can market them as organically grown.
I know that THT hates organic stuff and its a waste of money and for dumb suckers, but lots of folks buying food plants want them organic. You'll sell more plants for more money if they are organic, especially at a farmer's market.

Make some jelly from your own crop and have it to be sampled at your table. Taste the wonderful jelly you can make from the berries of this fine plant kinda thing. My buddy swears by this at the farmer's market around here. Folks can already see themselves making jelly from the berries on your plant you sell them before they even get back to their car.

Good luck. I love farming stuff.
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Originally Posted by bayrunner16 View Post
Sounds like a great idea.

I'd plant them in a half gallon or 1 gallon pot to start so you don't have to water every day and so you don't have them get all rootbound before selling them. You won't have to take the time to transplant them to keep them looking healthy either.

Use organic dirt and nutrients so you can market them as organically grown.
I know that THT hates organic stuff and its a waste of money and for dumb suckers, but lots of folks buying food plants want them organic. You'll sell more plants for more money if they are organic, especially at a farmer's market.

Make some jelly from your own crop and have it to be sampled at your table. Taste the wonderful jelly you can make from the berries of this fine plant kinda thing. My buddy swears by this at the farmer's market around here. Folks can already see themselves making jelly from the berries on your plant you sell them before they even get back to their car.

Good luck. I love farming stuff.
Thats a brilliant idea.
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Originally Posted by 92Crownline View Post
Not a bad idea but I donít know your market. Around here any rural king or local nursery will have berry plants in the spring that work well in the area.

As as far as picking and selling, thatís not all bad either. I have blackberries and this year the crop was overly abundant. Sold 30 gallon at $15/gallon and people lining up for them. Granted itís hot picking berries in July and August, but my teenage daughters did the picking, (along with a little help) I sold them, they got the cash.
Like I said, I've never seen berry plants for sale around here EXCEPT for early in the season walmart will get an end cap with berry and grape root cuttings. I've tried 2 years in a row to grow them and they never would. This year I finally bought a dozen live plants online and they are growing insane. They've tripled in size in the month since I've planted them. I've been to TSC, walmart, lowes, homedepot, etc.

I only have 1/3 acre yard, so I don't really have the space to plant and grow enough to be a decent profit selling berries. And, there are already several berry farms around me doing the u-pick thing.
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Originally Posted by 99yam40 View Post
seeds from berries like most plants that fruit/ nut from pollination might not come out the same as the plant they were taken from.
that is why all I have seen sell clones/cuttings from a proven plant
Tons of berry seeds for sale online. I looked it up, and they don't guarantee they will be perfect but its not like apples where you get nothing like the original plant from the seed.
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Originally Posted by bayrunner16 View Post
Sounds like a great idea.

I'd plant them in a half gallon or 1 gallon pot to start so you don't have to water every day and so you don't have them get all rootbound before selling them. You won't have to take the time to transplant them to keep them looking healthy either.

Use organic dirt and nutrients so you can market them as organically grown.
I know that THT hates organic stuff and its a waste of money and for dumb suckers, but lots of folks buying food plants want them organic. You'll sell more plants for more money if they are organic, especially at a farmer's market.

Make some jelly from your own crop and have it to be sampled at your table. Taste the wonderful jelly you can make from the berries of this fine plant kinda thing. My buddy swears by this at the farmer's market around here. Folks can already see themselves making jelly from the berries on your plant you sell them before they even get back to their car.

Good luck. I love farming stuff.
Yeah, I looked on Alibaba.com and you can get plastic nursery pots for around 2 cents a piece if you order 500+, with 30 day turn around. I'll order some this winter.

And your right, I should splurge on the organic potting soil and stuff, just so I can label it organic, GMO free, blahblahblah. Most people don't care if they are organic, but a some care if they aren't.

I've never seen the point, and I've gotten some hate online from talking about using 10-10-10 bulk fertilizer in my garden. People are like "if its not organic, why are you bothering growing it?"

uh....because I know it doesn't mean jack if its organic, adding fertilizer increases my crop, and its nearly free produce.

I really like your idea about the jelly. I will definitely be keeping that in mind. My crop may not be producing a ton of berries next year, but I can always go to Sams club, but a box of blackberry preserves, and give little cups away as "samples". No one has to be the wiser.
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Great idea, good price. I would buy them.
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Yeah, I looked on Alibaba.com and you can get plastic nursery pots for around 2 cents a piece if you order 500+, with 30 day turn around. I'll order some this winter.

And your right, I should splurge on the organic potting soil and stuff, just so I can label it organic, GMO free, blahblahblah. Most people don't care if they are organic, but a some care if they aren't.

I've never seen the point, and I've gotten some hate online from talking about using 10-10-10 bulk fertilizer in my garden. People are like "if its not organic, why are you bothering growing it?"

uh....because I know it doesn't mean jack if its organic, adding fertilizer increases my crop, and its nearly free produce.

I really like your idea about the jelly. I will definitely be keeping that in mind. My crop may not be producing a ton of berries next year, but I can always go to Sams club, but a box of blackberry preserves, and give little cups away as "samples". No one has to be the wiser.
But you will be. Be honest. In this day and age, people will pay well for honesty. Trust me.

And there is no earthly reason your shit canít taste every bit as good as that stuff!!
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But you will be. Be honest. In this day and age, people will pay well for honesty. Trust me.

And there is no earthly reason your shit canít taste every bit as good as that stuff!!
Agreed. But my plants will only be 2 years old this next year, so I won't be getting much off them yet. But year 5 I should be getting 20+ lbs a plant, and I have a dozen. I just planted 2 jumbo blueberries as well. And I have a pack of 50 golden raspberry seeds that I'll be planting as well. And I just transplanted my strawberries from a 2'x2' planter to a 4'x8' planter. I'm going to have more berries than I know what to do with. Not to mention the two pawpaw trees I just planted, and my greenhouse. I've been giving away produce like crazy. I had a ton of peppers last week, so I made homemade hot sauce. Jalapeno + bell + cayenne + banana. I put it all in the food processor with some rice wine vinegar and sugar and then canned it. I've been giving that away at work too.
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I'm thinking instead of paying for potting soil, I'd be better of going to a local nursery and paying $25 for a big scoop of mushroom compost. There is a mushroom farm near me that makes mushrooms in a cave, and a nursery buys all their compost. I've only used it once, but it made the hugest juiciest tomatoes I've ever had.
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Yeah, I looked on Alibaba.com and you can get plastic nursery pots for around 2 cents a piece if you order 500+, with 30 day turn around. I'll order some this winter.

And your right, I should splurge on the organic potting soil and stuff, just so I can label it organic, GMO free, blahblahblah. Most people don't care if they are organic, but a some care if they aren't.

I've never seen the point, and I've gotten some hate online from talking about using 10-10-10 bulk fertilizer in my garden. People are like "if its not organic, why are you bothering growing it?"

uh....because I know it doesn't mean jack if its organic, adding fertilizer increases my crop, and its nearly free produce.

I really like your idea about the jelly. I will definitely be keeping that in mind. My crop may not be producing a ton of berries next year, but I can always go to Sams club, but a box of blackberry preserves, and give little cups away as "samples". No one has to be the wiser.
I was rooting for you until your last paragraph. Now I donít give a shit if youíre successful or not.

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