Friday, September 18, 2009

Plant Co-ops

I am a member of a plant co-op that buys a lot of hosta and other perennials. What are the benefits of being a member of a plant co-op? As a member of a plant co-op you can buy plants at a wholesale price, since you are buying in large quatities as a group. Often one person buys a wholesale license, lists what is available for purchase and at what price, and then places the order based on the number of order received. Often I can buy hostas at $2-3 a piece, most of which are "hosta liners" (see picture above). In the co-op I belong to you have to make a purchase twice a year to stay a member, but there is no cost to belong. Disadvantages to being in a plant co-op you ask? Sometimes it's hard to resist the cheap prices, and you will buy more than you need.


Jeff Branch said...

Interesting idea. How do you find a plant co-op and become a member?

Hosta Nerd said...

There is a hosta co-op online run by one of the people from Gardenweb. If you are interested let me know, and I can give you the link.