The Best Plants to Grow at Your Home Wholesale Plant Nursery

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If you have ever worked in a plant nursery, you know that keeping plants growing is challenging. Without the right combination of light, humidity, soil type and nutrition, plants will wither and die. Luckily, there are plenty of plants that are easy to grow under the right conditions. There are many benefits to working at a wholesale plant nursery. You get exposure to a wide variety of plants along with the knowledge and skills needed to grow them successfully. Working at your local wholesaler also gives you insider knowledge about which types of plants they need more of or less of in order to keep their inventory balanced and avoid excess stock. Working at a wholesale plant nursery can be very rewarding on many levels but it can also be challenging. Depending on where you live, there may not be many job opportunities for someone with limited experience as a grower. However, if you’re interested in this line of work and willing to invest some time and energy into learning about all things green, then keep reading for tips on how to break into the industry from an insider’s perspective…


What does a wholesale plant nursery do?

A wholesale plant nursery grows and sells plants to retailers, landscapers, home growers, and other customers on a larger scale than a typical retail nursery. They typically grow plants in greenhouses year-round but some also have fields where they grow plants during the warm seasons only. For example, a wholesale plant nursery that specializes in bedding plants will produce annuals and perennials like marigolds, impatiens, calendula and coleus. A wholesale nursery that specializes in houseplants will grow indoor plants like ficus, spider plants and dracaenas. Wholesale nurseries also stock trees, shrubs, vines and ground covers that are used for commercial landscaping projects. There are two main types of wholesale nurseries — those that stock seeds, plants and supplies and those that only stock plants. The first type, known as a “wholesale seed company,” sells seeds and live plants like orchids, hydroponic plants, and annual and perennial plants. The second type sells only live plants, but at a much larger scale than a retail nursery. These nurseries supply large retailers as well as home and commercial landscapers. Seed companies and wholesale nurseries that only sell plants are sometimes called “wholesale plant distributors.” They typically sell their plants in large containers and by the pallet. Wholesale plant nursery


Requirements for working at a wholesale plant nursery

First and foremost, you need to be a green thumb. Working at a wholesale plant nursery means you should have an in-depth knowledge of the different types of plants and the proper way to care for them. You should also be able to lift and move heavy containers filled with plants. Other important requirements: – Ability to work in a team environment. You will likely be working with other people at some point, so there needs to be a sense of camaraderie that exists among your co-workers. – Ability to stand for long periods of time. You will be on your feet for the majority of your shift, and sometimes there are additional tasks that require you to lift heavy items. – Ability to work through inclement weather. Depending on where you live, you may need to work through droughts, floods, heavy rains or extreme temperatures.


Learn about soil and light requirements

One of the first things you should learn about when you break into the world of wholesale plant nurseries is the soil and light requirements for the plants you plan to grow. This is important because it will help you choose the best containers for your plants as well as the type of lights you will need to provide for them. For example, if you plan to grow plants in containers, you’ll want to make sure your soil type is the best type for containers. Similarly, if you plan to grow plants in a greenhouse setting, you’ll want to make sure your soil type is the best type for greenhouses. Another important aspect of soil types is whether they are “oxygen-rich” or “oxygen-poor.” Plants need the right amount of oxygen in their soil to help them grow properly. Soil that is too rich in oxygen can actually harm your plants.


Learn about fertilization requirements

When you start working at a wholesale plant nursery, you will also need to learn about fertilization requirements. This can be challenging because there are many different types of fertilizers to choose from. Some are designed for specific plants, while others are designed for various growing environments. Regardless of which fertilizer you choose, be careful not to overfeed your plants. You can actually harm them by giving them too much. Some fertilizers are meant to be applied at specific times during the growth cycle. Others are designed to be used all the time. It is always important to read the instructions on the fertilizer packaging carefully before applying it to your plants to make sure you do it correctly. If you want to be a wholesale plant nursery worker who specializes in houseplants, you also need to learn about indoor plant nutrition. Some houseplants require a specific type of fertilizer while others do not. You can find out what your houseplants need by reading the plant labels. Knowing your indoor houseplant fertilization requirements will help you grow healthy and beautiful plants at your wholesale plant nursery.


Learn about watering requirements

Another critical aspect of working at a wholesale plant nursery is knowing how to properly water your plants. When you are growing in greenhouses or indoors, it is important to water your plants properly so they stay healthy. Watering your plants properly also helps reduce plant diseases. There are several important tips to keep in mind when watering your plants at your wholesale plant nursery: Stay consistent. – Change the water in your plants regularly. – Water with the right amount of water. – Water at the right time of day. Some plants need to be watered on a daily basis, while others can go for a few days without watering. You can find out how often your plants need to be watered by researching their water needs. You can also look on the plant tags at your wholesale nursery for more information.


Get certified in horticulture

If you really want to stand out as a wholesale plant nursery worker, you can get certified in horticulture at the highest level. This will help you gain valuable experience, meet people in the field and make connections that will last a lifetime. You can also use your certification on your resume to showcase your experience and skills. Keep in mind that certification programs vary from state to state. You may need to take a few classes and/or write a few exams to receive your certification. Some programs even offer college credits for completion. If you want to work in the wholesale plant nursery industry and want to set yourself apart from the competition, getting certified in horticulture is a great way to do it.



Working at a wholesale plant nursery is challenging, but very rewarding. If you love plants and like being outdoors, then working at a wholesale plant nursery might be the perfect job for you. Before you apply for a job at your local wholesale plant nursery, it’s important to understand the different types of plants they grow and how to properly care for them. This will give you a competitive advantage when applying for a job at a wholesale nursery. When applying for a job at a wholesale plant nursery, be sure to include a cover letter that talks about your passion for plants and why you want to work in this industry. Most importantly, show that you have what it takes to do the job.

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May 30, 2022 |

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