Anacortes, WA (PressExposure) December 28, 2011 -- Growing plants for profit is a great way to turn your gardening skills into serious cash. While most of us immediately think of tomatoes or salad greens, the most profitable plants are specialty crops that are not always found in a home vegetable garden. Many specialty crops can bring as much as $90,000 per acre, and are quite easy to grow. Best of all, most specialty crops can be grown without a full-time commitment. If you have a few extra hours a week, then you can be a specialty crop grower.
If you can spare some space in your backyard, and would like to make an extra income, consider growing profitable plants. In an area as small as 20' x 20', you can make a nice profit growing specialty crops. It's important to match the plants you grow to the space you have available. For example, folks with a limited space should choose smaller plants, like ground covers or succulents, while those with a larger yard or acreage could grow a wider range of crops, including the larger landscaping shrubs and trees.
Even growers with no yard can find a specialty crop to grow. Oyster mushrooms, for example, can be produced in a basement, garage or shed, as they don't require soil. Many African violet growers propagate and grow hundreds of plants in their basement or a spare room.
Crops covered in the free Mini-Course include:
1. Bamboo. Landscapers and homeowners are paying as much as $150 each for potted bamboo plants. Once you have your starter plants, you'll have a continuous supply of new plants to sell.
2. Flowers. If you're looking for a high-value specialty crop that can produce an income in the first year, take a look at growing flowers for profit.
3. Ginseng. Nicknamed "green gold", the value of this plant is in it's slow growing roots, which bring up to $300 a pound.
4. Ground covers. Due to high labor costs and water shortages, ground covers are becoming the sensible, low-maintenance way to landscape. Because ground covers are grown in small pots or flats, they are an ideal crop for anyone with limited growing space.
5. Herbs. Growing the most popular culinary and medicinal herbs can bring profits the first year, and are the foundation of most herb businesses.
6. Landscaping trees and shrubs. With individual potted plants selling for up to $100, it's possible to make a nice living specializing in unique or hard-to-find varieties.
7. Mushrooms. For those with no gardening space, growing mushrooms for profit can produce as much as 25 pounds of mushrooms per square foot in a year. At $6 a pound, you do the math!
8. Ornamental grasses. Because ornamental grasses are drought tolerant and low maintenance, landscapers and homeowners are using them more and more. Like bamboo, you simply buy the "mother" plant and divide the root clumps into new plants.
9. Garlic is an ideal cash crop, as it's easy to grow, tolerates a wide variety of soils and climates, and can bring up to $6 a pound for the exotic varieties like Rocambole and Porcelain garlic.
10. "Value-added" potted plants. With more city dwellers living in condos and apartments, compact plants that take up less space are enjoying new popularity. You'll learn how to turn a 50 cent plant into a $20 sale.
This free mini-course is a must-read for anyone who is considering turning their gardening hobby into a good income. Sign up at: http://profitableplants.com