Collecting and Selling Common Wildflowers
By Steve Gillman
This is an idea that occurred to me when picking some common
wildflowers for my wife. Not all of them are suitable for selling,
but wild daisies are beautiful, and wild day lilies grow in large
patches by old homesteads. The first idea here is that if it
is Mother's day, Valentines Day or if you just live in an area
where people will buy flowers on the street, you can make money
today without investing a dime. Just pick them and sell the bouquets.
This is a bit like treasure hunting, since you go out to the
woods and fields to search for something valuable. See if you
are allowed to harvest the common wildflowers in your area, whether
by permit on public lands or with permission on private property.
Learn which ones are endangered or legally protected to avoid
trouble and harm to the environment. Some of the best flowers
for doing this are wild daisies, but a good flower guide will
clue you into others to look for.
How Much Can You Make?
I have seen children picking wildflowers to make money, but
I think there is some potential here for anyone who needs to
raise a bit of cash quickly. In the right locations you could
pick 50 bouquets in a few hours, and sell them for $3 to $6 each
at a craft show, on the street or during events.
I would prefer to pick flowers rather than spending time selling
them to the final customer, and if you feel the same, you might
want to find a wholesale buyer who will pay you say, $2 per bunch,
and buy 20 or more bouquets at once. Local flower shops come
to mind, but you also might find a vendor at a farm market who
wants to try selling them.
If you picked 40 bouquets and sold them for $4 each at a street
fair, you could make $160 in a day.
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Buy vases at a local dollar store and you can probably add
$2 to the price of a bouquet.
Experiment at home to see which species do best in a vase.
You don't want your customers upset because the flowers died
an hour later.
Cedar foliage sprays and other wild materials are used for
filling out flower arrangements. You might collect these while
you are picking those common wildflowers, and sell them to florists.
Decide if there is a market you can target. Then go pick some
flowers and give it a try.
National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American
Wildflowers: Eastern Region, by William A. Niering and John W.
Thieret - Knopf 2001.
- Photos and information on common wildflowers.