How to start a seedling nursery in Kenya

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Starting a seedling nursery is a great way to get into green business, but it can also be difficult. There is preparation involved and a lot of work behind the scenes.

But if you want to start your own nursery and make money, it is possible with some commitment and patience.

In this post we will explore everything you need to know about starting a seedling nursery including:

Plan your business

The first step to starting a seedling nursery is planning. You need to figure out what you want to grow, how much space you will need for your operation and how much it will cost you.

You also need to decide whether or not you want to sell your plants directly or only through other growers.

Once this information is established, it’s time for some numbers. You’ll want to calculate the amount of money that will go into everything; this includes everything from seeds and chemicals used during their growth cycle, all the way through packaging materials.

Choose a location for your business

When choosing a location, you should consider several factors. Location is important because it determines how accessible your customers are to buy from you and how close they are to the source of seeds, soil and other supplies.

Create a nursery plan.

You need to know what kind of plants you want to grow, how many plants and where they will be located. This can help you decide on the equipment needed for your nursery business.

You may also want to consider selling other items such as fertilizer, pesticides, mulch and soil amendments like peat moss or compost tea.

Grow your seedlings

Now that you have your seedlings, it’s time to give them a home. Your new nursery should be located in a warm and humid environment with good air circulation.

When setting up your nursery, make sure there is plenty of light available for the plants—you want them to grow as quickly as possible.

Sell or give away your seedlings.

One of the best ways to start a seedling nursery is by selling or giving away your seedlings. You can sell them directly to customers or give them away for free to friends, family members and local schools and charities.

You might even want to consider selling them at other nurseries so that you have more people buying from you rather than just one person.

Nursery preparation

  • Prepare the nursery site. Before you plant, it’s important to prepare your nursery space by removing any weeds and debris from the area. This will allow for better air circulation and prevent diseases from spreading in your seedlings. You can also use a tarp or piece of cardboard to shield against wind damage if necessary.
  • Prepare equipment needed for planting: If you’re starting a small-scale operation, consider purchasing inexpensive gardening tools such as hand pruners. In addition to these basic items such as pots and stakes, there are many other items that could be useful during this stage including: soil conditioner (which promotes healthy growth); fertilizer tablets; fertilizer liquid concentrate; protective gloves with rubberized tips.

Nursery management

A nursery is a place where plants are grown and cared for, so it’s important to know how to manage your own.

The first step is keeping records of your seedlings’ progress. This will allow you to keep track of when they were planted, when they sprouted and bloomed, etc.

You should also make sure that the soil in which they grow remains clean and well-drained (soil can harbor pathogens).

You’ll need enough water for each plant as well as plenty of light during its growing season.

Seedling production

Seedling production is the process of growing plants from seeds.

The term seedling production refers to the growth of small plants from seeds.

There are several different methods used for seedling production, including:

  • Seeding outdoors on an established garden plot
  • Using tissue culture techniques (a type of cloning) to produce starter plants for use in propagation
  • Germinating seeds indoors

You can learn to start a seedling nursery.

You can start with a small seedling nursery and grow it to be a large business.

It is important to learn about the plants you are growing, so that if you have problems, then you know why.

You will need to learn how to grow the plants and also how to sell them.

Decide which plants you want to grow.

There are a few things you should consider when deciding which plants to grow.

  • First, choose easy-to-grow plants that are popular and sell for a good price.
  • Second, choose plants that you enjoy growing.

Make sure you have the right equipment.

The right equipment is essential for this step:

  • Pots, trays and containers for planting. There are many different sizes of pots that can be used for starting seeds, but it’s important to choose wisely because they will have an impact on how well your plants grow.
  • Soil or compost from which you’ll grow your plants. Compost should be rich in nutrients so make sure not only does it contain plenty of organic matter but also has enough nitrogen content so that plants can absorb it efficiently when they’re young; otherwise their growth may stall out early on if they don’t receive enough nutrients during their first few weeks after planting.
  • Fertilizer like seaweed extract powder which helps improve both root health & overall chlorophyll production within each cell membrane structure.”

Buy seeds.

Buying seeds for a seedling nursery is a crucial step in the process of starting one.

You should buy from a reputable source, as it may be difficult to find suitable seeds for your climate. You should also purchase in bulk, as it will save you money on shipping costs and make it easier to keep track of what you’ve ordered before it arrives at your door.

If possible, try buying locally grown or organic varieties of seeds instead of ones bred specifically for mass production by large companies like Monsanto or DuPont (which are known for their genetically modified crops).

By doing so, not only will you avoid having any chance whatsoever of accidentally planting something that could harm other plants

You’ll also have more control over what goes into those plants.

Sterilize your equipment.

Sterilizing your equipment is the last step in making sure that you can grow healthy plants.

You can use hot water to sterilize items, or you can use a chemical sterilizer or steam sterilizer.

Plant your seeds in trays or cups.

You can plant your seeds in a tray or cup. The container needs to be deep enough so that the seeds don’t get too wet and it should have holes at the bottom to allow water drainage.

You can also use containers with lids, though they are harder to clean and may not provide as much light for your seedlings as containers without lids do.

Keep them moist and in a warm area until they sprout.

  • Keep the soil moist.
  • Make sure they are in a warm area.

With some commitment and patience, it is possible to start your own nursery to sell plants.

It is possible to start your own seedling nursery and sell plants. You need to be patient, commit yourself and have a plan for success.

First, you will need some money for equipment such as seed trays, pots and soil mixers.

Next, you must learn how to grow seedlings before they are ready for sale in the store or center.


If you’re thinking of starting a seedling nursery, there are many benefits.

A nursery allows you to grow plants and sell them at an affordable price.

It is also good for the environment because it helps reduce the need for importing new seeds from other countries.

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    Good Idea help me start commercial tree nursery.

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