Growing trees for profit is a homesteading skill you should put into action as you make good use of your green thumbs! You see, not all are gifted with the magical hands which make things grow–or so they think. This skill is great for any homesteader who wants to earn some extra cash, and help out their community along the way! This is how one homesteader covers 25% of her vacation costs by growing trees for profit. Read along for more tips about this tree planting business!
Growing Trees For Profit In Your Backyard
In This Article:
- Investing in Trees
- All You Need Are FRUIT SEEDS!
- Most Profitable Fruit Trees to Grow
- Fruit Tree Planting Schedule
- Easiest Tree To Grow From Seeds
- How Much I Sell 7″ Plants For
- How Much I Sell 18″ Plants For
- Growing Trees For Profit TIPS
Investing in Trees
Every homesteader needs a vacation once in a while. Especially during the spring when homesteading can get especially stressful. But people always ask themselves: “Does it fit my budget?”, “Will it break the bank?”, or “Do we have the money?”.
These are very valid questions. It's perfectly normal for vacations to be a bit pricey. In fact, the thought of vacations being pricey often leads to stress while you're on vacation, and that's something you want to avoid altogether.
Wouldn't it feel good to know your vacation costs are covered by something else besides your job payment? Wouldn't it be nice to have a little extra money on hand? Even just a small percentage would make a big difference.
This method of earning extra cash doesn't have to apply to vacation costs only. It can be spent on buying gifts, the lottery, paying debts, or simply earning some extra money.
This method doesn't require buying anything you don't have, but it does require selling. “But how?” You may ask. “How do I sell something without buying anything first?”
Don't worry: no Garage Sales required! All you have to do is collect seeds or pits from the fruit you eat, and then, simply plant them, and sell them on Craigslist.
All You Need Are FRUIT SEEDS!
All of the seeds and pits I grow are planted in plain old soil from my vegetable gardens. I never buy any expensive seed starting soil from the plant store or even plant pots. I simply collect metal pop cans after drinking all the soda out and cut them in half. The size of each can is perfect for planting 4 medium sized seeds such as lemon seeds.
Most Profitable Fruit Trees to Grow
Fruit Tree Planting Schedule
1 Month – Plant seeds in pop cans.
2 Months – Replant the young (1-2 cm tall) seedlings into individual plastic cups.
3 Months – Replant into individual 2 L plastic pop bottles.
You could sell them on the third month, or you could wait a bit more and sell them for more.
Easiest Tree To Grow From Seeds
How Much I Sell 7″ Plants For
- Avocado: $10
- Lemon: $5
- Mandarin: $5
- Orange: $5
- Persimmon: $10
- Pomegranate: $10
How Much I Sell 18″ Plants For
- Avocado: $30
- Lemon: $15
- Mandarin: $25
- Orange: $25
- Persimmon: $35
- Pomegranate: $35
Growing Trees For Profit TIPS
- Since I get all these seeds and pits from my trees on the homestead, they could even qualify as organic! Which is of course what I write on my Craigslist ad for them.
- If you want to sell your tree for TWICE AS MUCH wait until it reaches at least 2 ft. tall and then attach a branch from the same type of tree onto it. This will cause the tree to grow fruit (if this step is not done a tree will not produce fruit). When you write this on your Craigslist ad, make sure to double the price.
- I grow these on pretty much every window sill in the house (except for the ones in the living room). Make sure to always grow them inside as they can freeze or get blown over outdoors.
This money making hobby is great because you can grow trees indoors all year round!
Well, that's all and good luck folks. I've got plantin' to do…
Let me know how your own tree farming goes! Of course, if you start doing this on a larger scale you'll have to get some paperwork involved. But if you just plan on making a little extra cash and spending it on vacation, I see no harm done. 🙂
Want to see how to grow orange trees the easy way? Then check out this video from Planting Freedom – athatcher85:
Fruit trees are fast growing trees and you don't need to wait long to get some extra cha-ching with each. Homesteading isn't only about saving cash but making some as well, with your skills. Growing trees for profit is only one of the many ways you can earn with your green thumbs!
Would you consider growing trees for profit with these tips? Let us know below in the comments section below!
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on February 16, 2016, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.
Brenna D. says
If you want avocado trees that are going to produce fruit, you should grow them from cuttings… Avocado trees grown from seeds are, more often than not, sterile. It’s a bit disingenuous to sell sterile avocado trees to unsuspecting buyers, especially since it would take several years for the customer to find out that they won’t produce fruit.
Melba Martinelli says
I have sycamore3 seeds growing out of all orrifices along with a poisenb they are putting in me
Melba Martinelli says
all my lung ear right only 5 holes right ear 2 holes nostrel
Melba Martinelli says
they r yellow bright the small that burst out of big ballspoka dots pink they r hairy and wild looking any one help
Marvin Brown says
please explain “attach a branch from the same type of tree or it won’t fruit.” How to attach?
I would mean it to say that you choose a branch and make a clean cut off another full size tree of the same fruit and stick in the new tree pot/soil.
Fruit Lover says
THere is so much misleading and incomplete info in the article but what they are referring to is grafting. This is how most fruit trees are grown and sold in nurseries. There is a rootstock and a scion. The rootstock is selected for it’s disease resistance, vigor, region etc. Then a scion is grafted onto that rootstock, which is the variety of fruit you want. Seeds produced from these trees are almost guaranteed NOT to be of the same variety. Pollination is also a factor. We would all love to be able to grow and propagate fruit trees as described in this article but unfortunately it will likely be sterile or a completely different variety (and inedible). Do further research on the type of fruit you are interested in before attempting.
But note, the methods described above are awesome projects for kids or just for fun . It will work on lots of veggies and flowers but fruit trees are very different.
Also use caution in using the “organic” claim when selling. It can get you in trouble, especially with those who have paid for organic certification. Not a huge deal but use care (or say something like “chemical free, no spray etc”)