Friday, September 18, 2009
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.