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Buyer’s guide to indoor marijuana grow tents

Matte black on the outside and shiny on the inside, grow tents are temporary structures designed for cannabis cultivation—offering a purpose-built place to hang lights and fans without permanently modifying a residential space.

Homegrowers have flocked to grow tents for decades to minimize an indoor garden’s impact on a house while sequestering aromas, promoting plant health, and maximizing yields.

Tents come in sizes ranging just a few square feet all the way up to multi-room mini-mansions. Some are fairly basic and others are decked out in features that we’ll explore below.

Why use a grow tent?

Apart from readymade convenience, growers use tents to improve a garden’s efficiency, increase yields, and save money.

Perhaps the biggest draw is a grow tent’s ability to capture every last beam of light emitted by power-hungry horticultural fixtures: Lined with reflective materials like diamond mylar, light that would otherwise fall away from plants is sent ping-ponging between tent walls to be redistributed and absorbed across the canopy.

A comparison of common reflective materials by grow-light manufacturer MIGRO observed up to a 33% increase in canopy illumination when using industry-standard diamond mylar—that means 33% more weight come harvest time, so three ounces would become four, and an $600 ROI becomes $800.

But benefits aren’t limited to yield. Grow tents are outfitted with fan ports to swap hot, CO2-depleted air for a neutral, fresh breeze, improving a grower’s chances of raising healthy plants. Additionally, by limiting the size of a grow space, filtered exhaust fans scrub the air using far less electricity than they would in an open room—thereby minimizing a garden’s overall power consumption.

Between better yields, healthier plants, and savings on your electric bill, many hobby growers opt for a tent before building out dedicated rooms or modifying their homes.

Where to set up your grow tent

Before picking a tent, buyers should carefully consider where it will go and if that location is environmentally compatible and equipped with adequate utilities.

Temperature

For most cultivation setups, a room where a human would be comfortable in a t-shirt is perfect.

Weed plants are happiest when they’re in a temperature range of 20°F variance throughout day and night. When lights are off, temps should be no lower than 64°F during veg and 54°F during flower. When they’re on, temps shouldn’t be much higher than 84°F during either phase.

Lights add heat—HIDs more so than LEDs—but generally speaking, if the tent’s room is around 65°F, fans should be adequate to maintain a good temperature and you won’t need ACs or heaters.

Spare bedrooms usually fit the bill. Basements—cool in the summer and warm in the winter—are often well-insulated from daily weather extremes that can stress out plants. Untreated rooms are less ideal and should be avoided if possible.

For instance, garages and attics can fluctuate widely in temperature and humidity throughout the year and might not be well-suited to new growers. When raising plants in uninsulated spaces, success often rides on the use of heaters, ACs, dehumidifiers, and automated environmental control technologies that can add a lot to your utility bill.

Space for your grow tent

A cultivation room must accommodate not only the storage of a tent, but its construction. A foot or so of over-tent clearance makes for a smooth assembly, ensuring ample space to wrestle the uncompromising canvas shell over and around the frame.

To figure out how a tent sits in a room, pick a potential location and make a tape outline of the tent’s dimensions on the floor. Can people still move around in the room? Will the tent block any doors, windows, vents, light switches, or electrical outlets? If a tent needs to exhaust into the outdoors to ameliorate aroma or temp buildups, are windows or ducts available? Can plants be accessed from all necessary angles?

Safe power use

Your grow area will need to support the electrical draw of lights and fans, and potentially equipment like AC units, heaters, or dehumidifiers. If the tent setup shares a breaker with any major appliances like a dishwasher or laundry machine, you’ll need to be careful in choosing where to plug it in so as not to blow a fuse. When in doubt, use a different room.

What to look for in a grow tent

Here’s a breakdown of features to look for in a tent.

Height

A tent’s dimensions are largely dictated by a grower’s choice in lighting. HID lights run hot and need to be hung high above plants, necessitating taller tents. Conversely, LEDs run cool, hang low, and play well in a short tent.

When determining tent height, growers need to account for the type of light as well as space for an exhaust fan and carbon filter.

Frame & weight capacity

Regardless of brand, price tag, or usage, a quality tent is determined by its internal frame. Look for metal poles of a substantial gauge as well as durable corner joints. Check that a tent is able to handle the weight of gear—lights, fans, filter, and anything else you might need to suspend above plants.

Material density

Entry-level tents tend to have a fabric density—measured in D, or denier, units—around 200-600D, while top-line tent canvas maxes out between 1680-2000D. Denser fabric prevents light leaks that can trigger undesirable hormonal responses in plants. Reflective materials and additional thermal layers also contribute to a tent’s overall quality and usability.

Air exchange ports

These 6-8” ports are intended for intake and exhaust fans to keep a steady supply of fresh air moving in and out of a tent. Growers need at least two ports for an LED setup and up to four for HID lighting systems—the latter often needs two extra ports to manage the added heat from HPS or MH bulbs.

Electrical & irrigation ports

Many modern tents include 2” ports to provide a passthrough for electrical cords. Tents can become overrun with cords—the more electrical ports available, the easier it will be to keep things tidy.

If using a hydroponic system, the reservoir will likely be outside the tent, in which case, dedicated 2” irrigation ports will be needed to bring in water. The same goes for Blumline or drip systems.

Other features

Finishing touches may include:

  • Zipper flaps to block potential light leaks
  • Windows to check in on plants without introducing temperature or humidity fluctuations
  • Floor liners or inserts to contain spills
  • Tool pockets
  • Gear mounts

Best flowering & all-purpose grow tents

If your goal is to use just one structure to grow weed, you’ll need a tent that can accommodate plants at their biggest, which happens during the flowering cycle, or “bloom” photoperiod.

Flowering tents are taller and wider than those intended solely for growing plants in the vegetative phase. During the first two weeks of the flowering cycle, plants will double or even triple in size depending on the cultivar and environmental conditions. Growers give themselves as much wiggle room as possible for this phase, known as “the stretch.”

Bud sites on a plant also need room to breathe. A little extra space encourages airflow between colas and helps prevent common diseases like powdery mildew and botrytis, and pests like spider mites.

Our pick for best flowering/all-purpose tent

CLOUDLAB 866 by AC Infinity ($189.99). 60” x 60” x 80”. Fabric: 2000D. Poles: 22mm steel. Weight Limit: 150lbs.

Many homegrowers use 4’ x 4’ tents for the flower cycle. That said, I personally prefer the 5’ x 5’x 6’8” CLOUDLAB 866 by AC Infinity ($189.99). The extra space promotes plant health and lets me hang side lighting just below the top of the canopy for a boost in yield.

A sturdy piece of kit, the CLOUDLAB series boasts a best-in-class 2000D canvas shell, 150-pound weight capacity, and an all-steel frame complete with 22mm poles.

In addition to standard duct ports for intake and exhaust, three air-exchange ports enable the use of a dedicated cooling system for HID light fixtures. Growers will also appreciate ample cord/irrigation ports near both the floor and ceiling, as well as on multiple walls.

The CLOUDLAB Series also has a mounting plate installed on the front for their temp- and humidity-responsive fan controller (sold separately) for smarter ventilation.

In my book, AC Infinity’s CLOUDLAB tents win out over traditional industry leaders thanks to top-quality materials, heavy-duty construction, useful touches of innovation, and a very approachable price point.

While I would like to see zipper covers to protect against light leaks, the balance of high-end features and affordability makes for one of the best value buys on the market and one of the nicest tents I’ve used, period.

Other great all-purpose tents

  • Budget all-purpose tent: MAXSISUN 5’ x 5’ ($124.99). Fabric: 600D. Poles: “all metal.” Weight Limit: 120lbs.
  • Variable-height all-purpose tent: ULTRA YIELD 60″ x 60″ x 84″ + 12″ Extension ($289.95). Fabric: 1680D. Poles: 22mm steel. Weight Limit: 125lbs.
  • Heavy-duty, variable-height all-purpose tent: Gorilla Grow Tent 60” x 60” x 83” ($388.95) w/ 24” Extension (add $79.95). Fabric: 1680D. Poles 22mm steel. Weight Limit: 300lbs.

Best short tents

Before LED lights disrupted the homegrow market, hobbyist cultivators flowered plants primarily in tents no shorter than six feet—tall tents built to accommodate hot HID lights.

But as more homegrowers ditch HID fixtures in favor of cooler, low-hanging LED grow lights—at times requiring only inches of clearance above plants—tents no longer need to be so very tall. Thanks to the LED craze and China’s thriving OEM market, the era of affordable-yet-solid 4’ x 2’ x 5’ grow tents has arrived.

Designed for flowering plants under LEDs, these efficiency-minded, five-foot-tall tents are all over Amazon and eBay—under names like Mars Hydro, MAXSISUN, VIVOSUN, Hydrobuilder, and Spider Farmer, which have largely supplanted the leaders of yore like Gorilla Grow Tent, Lighthouse Hydro, and Secret Jardin.

Our pick for best short tent

For an à la carte short LED flowering tent, I’d go with the durable CLOUDLAB 642 by AC Infinity: 4’ x 2’ x 5’ ($109). Fabric: 2000D. Poles: 22mm steel. Weight Limit: 150lbs.

AC Infinity’s CLOUD LAB 642. (Courtesy of AC Infinity)

Other great short tents

TheBudGrower.com’s Dual Power Grow Kit ($995.95) is another great short tent to buy and comes complete with LED lights, fans and filters, a living-soil kit, timers, sensors, and hardware, and a 1680D-canvas tent that measures 5’ in height with a 2’ x 4’ footprint.

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It does have a hefty price tag, but it’s a great kit if you don’t want to think about all the pieces involved in setting up a grow.

The Bud Grower’s Dual Power Kit. (Courtesy of The Bud Grower)

Ideal for an LED light, this tent is nearly identical to the Mars Hydro, VIVOSUN, and other OEM versions—consumer-pleasing tents on a race to all-time low price tags.

In addition to high-end 1680D canvas and diamond mylar reflective material, specs include 25mm steel poles and corner connectors reported to support up to 300 pounds of equipment, as well as a spill tray floor insert, dual mesh intake vents, hydro/irrigation port, electrical port, two duct ports, and three Velcro-affixed windows.

Other options include:

  • Budget LED flower tent: Green Hut, 48” x 24” x 60 “ ($69.99). Fabric: 600D. Poles: Steel. Weight limit: 110lbs.
  • Value LED flower tent: VIVOSUN, 48” x 24” x 60“ ($99.99). Fabric: 600D. Poles: “All metal.” Weight Limit: not listed.
  • Height-adjustable short tent: Gorilla Grow Tent Shorty 48” x 48” x 59-68” ($319.95). Fabric: 1680D. Poles: 19mm steel. Weight Limit: 300lbs.

Budget veg tent

Lastly, if you’re looking for a short tent to host a dedicated veg space, you can go even shorter than the tents above to ensure plants don’t get too big during the flower phase.

This CoolGrows tent, measuring 24” x 24” x 48”, is remarkably affordable at $59.99 and gets 4.6 stars over 3,000+ reviews on Amazon. The 110-pound weight capacity and 600D fabric density should be sufficient to keep plants happy for the first few months of growth. String together a few 18” T5 fluorescents for light and you’re good to get vegging.

Other great veg tents

  • High-value veg tent: CLOUDLAB 422 24″ x 24″ x 48″ ($89.99). Fabric: 2000D. Poles: 22mm steel. Weight Limit: 150lbs.
  • Short veg tent: VIVOSUN 30″ x 18″ x 36″ ($75.99). Fabric: 600D. Poles: “metal.” Weight Limit: not stated.

Best multi-chamber tents (for perpetual harvesting)

Multi-chamber tents are designed to make a perpetual harvest attainable for people with a limited grow space. Perpetual harvesting allows a grower to have a fresh crop ready to harvest more frequently.

With a perpetual harvest, you can grow seedlings/clones, vegetative, and flowering plants all at the same time in different chambers, so that when you harvest the flowering plants, the veg plants will be ready to move into flower, and the seedlings/clones into veg, immediately.

In practice, this means operating multiple, self-contained chambers for vegetative and flowering plants because they require different amounts of light—18 hours of light per day for the vegetative cycle and 12 hours of light per day for flowering.

Running dedicated enclosures for each can quickly tax a homegrower’s resources. Multi-chamber tents address this, housing clones and vegetative plants in a two-level chamber and flowering plants in a second, larger compartment.

Our pick for best multi-chamber grow tent

CLOUDLAB 743D by AC Infinity. 48” x 36” x 72” ($169.99). Fabric: 2000D. Poles: 22mm steel. Weight Limit: 150lbs.

CLOUDLAB 743D. (Courtesy AC Infinity)

AC Infinity dominates our guide, closing with The CLOUDLAB 743D ($169.99), with a 4’ x 3’ x 6’ build, industry-leading 2000D canvas, an all-steel frame, and 150-pound weight capacity that I’ve grown to trust.

The right side situates clones at the top and veg plants on the bottom, while the flowering chamber on the left keeps the canopy low with a built-in scrog net.

While AC Infinity’s CLOUDLAB 743D is the clear frontrunner where materials, price, and overall value are concerned, Secret Jardin’s Lodge 160 ($410) is also great, but more than twice the cost. The Lodge 160’s slightly larger canopy space could make a difference when hosting so many plants in one structure. It’s 5.25’ x 4’ x 6.5’ and features M210D canvas, steel poles with polypropylene corners, and a weight limit of roughly 66 pounds.

Alternatively, growers can go even bigger with VIVOSUN’s 2-in-1, 9’ x 4’ x 7’ ($299.99)—though I’d warn against doing so without a plan for distributing the power draw across multiple dedicated breakers.

How to Sell Plants Online

But the hard part is getting your ad or listing seen by the right person when they’re actually searching for it.

Do you know how many new posts get added to Craigslist on a daily basis? Yeah, me either… but I can guess it’s more than just a couple!

My point is, if you want to sell your plants online, you have to create an ad that can be easily found when someone is searching for something specific.

There’s a whole sea of other listings they need to weed through on those classified sites in order to find something specific that they’re looking for.

Your job, as the grower, is to make it easy for them. Save them the time and hassle of sifting through hundreds of posts.

On the other hand, inside The Backyard Grower’s Business Center, you can easily put your ad in front of hundreds of plant buyers who are already looking for the plants you have for sale.

After reading this post you will have learned how to build six different types of little automated, online selling machines for your plants.

Selling machines that will automatically attract plant buyers for you 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, 365 days per year.

Selling machines that will siphon plant buyers off of Google, Yahoo, Bing, Amazon, eBay, Craigslist, Etsy, and Facebook… without any upfront cost to you, the grower.

So, lets get started…

Here are 6 different ways to attract plant buyers so you can easily sell your plants online:

1. How to Sell Plants On Craigslist

Selling plants on Craigslist is simple but it has a few downsides. One being, it’s not really automated (I’ll tell you how you can automate it at the end of this section).

The second downside is, you have to deal with people coming to your home to make the sale. For some people this isn’t a problem… for others, it’s a deal-breaker. Like I explain in my Backyard Cash Machine Guide, there are plenty of ways to sell plants from home without anyone ever knowing you’re doing it!

Lets get started…

Step 1: Get a Craigslist Account

Obviously, if you already have a Craigslist account, you can skip this step. If not, click here to sign up for a Craigslist account for free now.

After you enter your email address, an email will be sent for you to verify your account. When you click the link in the email to verify your account, you’ll then be asked to create a password. Then, you’ll have to accept their “Terms of Use” and after that, you’ll be logged in.

Step 2: Post Your First Craigslist Ad

Like the image shows below, from the dropdown menu choose which city you’d like to post your ad in and click the Go button.

On the next page you’re going to choose the Type of ad you want to post. When you’re selling plants on Craigslist, you’ll typically want to post them in the For Sale by Owner type like you see below…

Next, you need to choose a Category. The best category for plants is the Farm & Garden – by owner category like you see below…

Now it’s time to create the actual post. This is where the magic happens. Take a look at the image below…

You can see that I’ve numbered a few items in the image above. These are the important aspects of the post and I consider them to be required if you want to get most out of each post.

Lets start with number one, the most important element of all, the Posting Title.

Here’s why it’s the most important, look at the image below…

The posting title you choose is what’s used in Google and the other search engines as the click-able link. It’s important that you choose this title carefully.

It’s also important that you only sell one plant per post on Craigslist. Remember, people go to Google and search for specific plants. Each one of your posts should be selling only one specific plant.

So, the posting title should include the name of the plant. If look up at my example post, my title is Emerald Green Arborvitae Plants for Sale.

That will become the click-able link in Google too. The search engines put a lot of weight on the titles of pages. So, if your title includes the exact same words as what the person typed in for their search, you have a good chance of ranking high in the search engine results.

I cannot stress how important it is to be specific when you’re creating posts, not only on Craigslist, but wherever you’re selling. Members of The Backyard Grower’s Business Center are constantly looking for one specific plant that they’d like to buy, so they can use it to take cuttings from for years to come.

The goal isn’t to have people stumble onto your listing while they’re browsing Craigslist. The goal is to have them find your listing while doing a search in Google, Yahoo, or Bing.

Okay, lets move on to number 2, the Specific Location. This doesn’t take much explanation. Just be specific. Some folks will include a city or town when they search online and the search engines will return pages in the closest proximity.

Number 3, the Posting Body.

Here’s another important aspect of the post. If you scroll up and look at the image of the Google search results, you’ll see some text underneath the click-able link that starts with “We have 6ft. Emerald Green Arborvitae Trees…”

Google pulls that text directly from the posting body copy that you include. You definitely want to include the name of the plant as close to the beginning of this copy as you can.

You can see in my example above I include it on the first line so it will be visible to the person searching.

Another point I want to make here is, don’t make this sound like a “big box store” ad. You’re on Craigslist. People are expecting to deal with other people. My advice when writing this is, write like you talk. Just like if you were having a conversation with me.

Go back up and read my example… I said, “I have…”, and I also signed it with my name. Be personable.

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Okay, number 4, Show On Maps.

This is just another added benefit. It helps the search engines return the most valid results to the person searching. If you include your location, it might bump you up higher in the rankings when someone searches who’s nearby.

When you’re happy with the way your ad looks, click the Continue button at the very bottom. On the next page, they’ll ask to confirm your location on the map (only if you included it).

Next, you need to add an image (or multiple images). It’s important that you make the file name for the image the same as the plant. So, for my example, I’ll name my image “emerald-green-arborvitae.jpg”.

Search engines can’t “see” images but they can read file names. It’s just one more indicator that your post is relevant to the user’s search.

After you’ve added all of your images, click the Done With Images button.

Now, you can review your post and if you’re happy with it, click the Publish button.

That’s it! Your first Craigslist post is live. You can repeat that process as many times as you like for each plant you want to sell online.

Why Craigslist Isn’t Automated

Craigslist displays posts with the most recent first. Plus, eventually your posts will expire, and Craigslist will no longer display them.

Unless, you “repost” them. You’re allowed to “repost” your ads every 48 hours which brings them back up to the top of the results inside Craigslist. This keeps them fresh in the search engines as well.

So, how can you automate this?

Here’s my secret… you ready?

Do you have any kids, grand-kids, or do you know any teenagers? Just pay them $1 for every ad they repost that has reached it’s 48 hour window of time.

Give them your login, and a step-by-step guide on how to repost, and tell them to keep track of their earnings. It’s automated if YOU don’t have to do it!

That’s all I have for Craigslist. A lot of what you learned here will be taken and used across all the other sites where you’ll be selling plants.

2. How to Sell Plants on eBay

Much of the same process as you just read about Craigslist applies to every site that you’re selling plants on. So, I’m not going to go through the step-by-step of each and every one of these.

Instead, what I’ll do is give you some specific tips on how to effectively use each site that may be different from the others.

eBay offers two options if you don’t have an account. You can register for a Personal account or a Business account. Honestly, I don’t know the differences between the two other than your business name would be displayed as the seller instead your username from a personal account.

It’s perfectly fine to use a personal account for this.

Here’s a word of warning though when selling on eBay, Amazon, Etsy, or to anyone “out of state”:

Know the requirements for your state on which licenses are necessary when shipping plants to a different state. Some states are different than others.

Below is a screenshot of a fairly well done eBay posting…

You can see a lot of the same aspects from my Craigslist example exist in this eBay posting. It’s specific to one plant, it includes the exact name of the plant in the post title, as well as in the post description.

Really the only difference with eBay and Craigslist is, with eBay you have two options. You can run it as auction where people place bids on what they’d like to pay for it or you can run it with a “Buy Now” price.

When you’re selling plants on eBay, you really should just run it as a “Buy Now” product so people don’t have to wait for the bidding to end to get their plant.

The other difference is people from out of state can order from eBay so you want to be sure you include where you can ship to depending on where you live. There are some states that don’t allow plants to be shipped into them unless the grower is licensed to do so. California seems to have the most rules about this.

Those are really the only differences. Follow my same guidelines from Craigslist when you’re creating your post on eBay.

IMPORTANT: Don’t make a one-off sale. A plant buyer is a plant buyer for life. Keep a list of your plant buyers and make an effort to sell to them again. I cover some pretty unique strategies for this in my Backyard Cash Machine Guide.

3. How to Sell Plants on Amazon

Selling plants on Amazon is a different ballgame. The strategies for actually creating the product pages are the same as Craigslist and eBay but the overall strategy for attracting plant buyers is a little different.

People go to Amazon to BUY. Period. It’s the virtual version of walking into Walmart. You know going in that you’re gonna spend money. You’re just looking for the right product to buy.

Some browsing will occur but they have a general idea of what they’re looking for before they hit the site. That being said, attracting buyers via the search engines using Amazon gets a little harder.

There’s more competition and the volume of customers is much, much greater than eBay. We recently interviewed a member of the Backyard Grower’s Business Center, who is a very successful grower, and he said they currently sell plants on Craigslist, eBay, and Amazon but for every 10 plants they sell on eBay, they sell 30 on Amazon.

Amazon has created a secure, but more importantly, comfortable online shopping environment. They’ve taken the risk out of ordering products online that you would normally have to buy in-person.

So, here are my tips for getting the most out of selling plants on Amazon… take a look at the image below…

To successfully sell plants on Amazon, you have to know how plants buyers use the site. In the image above, number 1 shows you where people search.

Like I said earlier, it’s gonna be tough to rank in the search engines using Amazon because of the competition. But you might be surprised, some plants have very few competitors at all.

So, you have to think of Amazon as its own little search engine. How they rank the listings is a little different than how Google ranks their search results. Amazon has a lot of buyer intel for each listing so they know which products sell the best based on what was searched by the user.

To get your listing ranked high in Amazon, you have to do a few things. First, you need to specific and descriptive product title (which you see as number 2 in the image above) just like I recommended for Craigslist and eBay.

Second, you need a very descriptive product description. Include as much as you can about the plant, how to care for it, and what the buyer can expect from it. Also, fill out the product page as much as possible. Include as many images as possible. Images sell, plain and simple.

The last factor that comes into play when trying to get your products to rank in Amazon are reviews (which you see as number 3 in the image above). The more positive reviews you can get, the higher your listing will rank.

That’s really all it takes to make Amazon happy. A by-product of having a good listing on Amazon is, they’ll sometimes advertise FOR YOU. Look at the image below…

The red box shows an ad that Amazon is paying for that directs the user to a page on their site listing all of the daylilies they have for sale. If you can get your listing up to the top, your sure to sell out fast!

4. How to Sell Plants on Etsy

Think of Etsy as a more automated eBay. The listings don’t expire but you can still reap the same benefits of getting plants buyers from the search engines.

One thing I hope you’re realizing while reading all of this is, most of these sites offer the same services. You can list stuff for sale and they already have a huge sea of buyers.

But the underlying strategy here is, you’re really using these sites’ authority to rank in the search engines and siphon off buyers. These sites are monsters, they’re huge. And Google loves each and every one of them.

If you were to create your own website, which you should on a local level, it would be almost impossible to outrank these larger sites for the same types of searches.

That’s why I’m suggesting you use them all if you can. Etsy is no different. You can follow the same guidelines I gave you for Craigslist. Here’s an example of a good Etsy post…

I have members of the Backyard Grower’s Business Center who are successfully selling plants on Etsy too.

5. How to Sell Plants On Facebook

Facebook is a different animal. Selling plants on Facebook is two-sided: there’s the free way or the paid way. Both work. One takes time, one takes money.

I’ll explain both. The free way to sell plants on Facebook is to list them for sale in all of your local Buy/Sell/Trade groups. There are Garage Sale Groups/Pages, there are groups and pages for classified ads, and more.

In a matter of minutes, you can probably find and join 10 or more groups on Facebook specific to your local area. When you have plants for sale, create a post much like the one I showed you how to create for Craigslist and share it in each of those groups you belong to.

This is a very manual process and the life of these posts is not very long at all. The bigger the group, the shorter the time your ad will be seen. Every new post pushes the other down a notch until eventually it’s too far down to get seen.

The paid way can give you a much different outcome. We’ve run paid ads for our plants sales in the past and get hundreds of people to show up over the course of our 3-day sale.

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Here’s one of the ads we ran on Facebook for one of our local 3-day plant sales…

Notice how different it is from the ads I’ve been telling you to run? The goal of this ad is really to get people to click through to our website where they can read more about the sale.

The website then lists all of the different kinds of plants available at the sale. There’s just no way you could list them all in that small of a space.

The way Facebook ads work, you only pay when someone clicks on your ad. With this ad, the average cost per click was $0.16 and that ad generated 2,700 clicks total.

You can also see at the bottom of that image there’s a red arrow pointing to something. This ad was SHARED 145 times on Facebook. That means 145 different people shared our ad! Facebook says that the average person has 250 friends on Facebook.

That means our ad was shared with more than 30,000 people! Wanna know the best part? I don’t pay a penny for shares!! That’s all free advertising!

6. Selling Plants on the Backyard Grower’s Business Center

The Backyard Grower’s Business Center is one of the only places online where you can buy and sell plants to other growers just like you. It really is exclusive.

Sure there are other classified sites and forums out there but no one understands the business of selling small plants like the members in the business center.

Take a look at the image below…

This is just a small glimpse of some of the deals going on right now. I’ve made a few circles in red to point out a few really cool aspects of the Business Center.

Notice the bottom circle… this ad was first posted 18 hours ago (from when I took the screenshot). Look at how many people are interested in buying them already… 16!!

Now, some of those 16 people are asking questions but I when in and counted and Dave had 9 ORDERS already. 9 of those 16 people placed an order within 18 hours of him posting his ad.

Same goes for the other ad I circled above it. Some people asked questions but the majority of those 14 posts were orders.

That’s the beauty of the Business Center. That’s why I created it! I saw a need for both buyers and sellers and I created a place for them to go to interact.

I’m very proud of what it’s turned into. Being a part of the Backyard Grower’s Business Center is like having a second family. I’m there on a daily basis answer questions and giving advice. We also have many other successful growers who offer their advice as well.

It’s a really cool place to hang out. It’s a great place to sell your plants. And, you can find some awesome deals there too!

I urge you to check out. You can get a 30-day trial for only $7. This video explains it all. Try it out, see how you like it!

This is Part 1 of a 3-part series on buying plants online and also selling the plants you grow online:

  • Part 1 – [You Are Here] – How to Sell Plants Online
  • Part 2 – Where to Buy Plants (at Rock-Bottom Prices) Online
  • Part 3 – How to Get Paid to Sell Sticks (Yes… STICKS!!)

Take a gander at these posts.

Comments

DANA Harshman says

Hey Mike I need to increase sales spent 350 in classified adds no sales. Please help

Test drive the members area when it’s open, we constantly share extremely successful ways to sell plants. Right now members are selling tens of thousands of dollars worth of plants. http://backyardgrowers.com/join

Don’t forget it’s illegal to sell plants without a nursery/floral license…

Leonard, there are dishonest people, but I think they would be dishonest if you used Visa, PayPal, Bitcoin or anything else. So sorry you had such an experience. I wonder if you could just label the dishonest buyer as the problem and see PayPal as a way to help you when someone sells you a truly broken or damaged item.

Tell you what, a lot of people will probably tell you to move on. I’m gonna tell the opposite and here’s why. Anything can make money, you just gotta find the right pattern and best of all the right timing. I say buy $10-20 worth of discounted plants, being them back from the brink, perhaps create a cute little display for them maybe something from dollar tree or Wal-Mart ($1-$8 per plant display) maybe paint some bugs on the planting pot or something creative.

Thank you so much for going over how to design these ads, it wasn’t exactly part of the curriculum in my advertising classes.

However I have run into a unique issue that I was hoping to get your input on. I do plastic free plants, well as plastic free as possible. It works great for selling in my tiny town but there are only so many people who will travel to my town. I would like to ship plants but I can’t figure out how to do it without a plastic bag. Any suggestions?

Sure, simply pack the plants in damp spagnum moss and wrap in brown shipping paper, much like butcher paper. You also should join our members area, http://backyardgrowers.com/join, we have a section for Canadians to buy and sell and we need more Canadian sellers!

Can you please show pictures of how you do this? Do you always ship overnight? Thanks! Very interesting!

We never ship plants over night, most are shipped priority mail by small growers. Larger growers ship UPS. See this; https://mikesbackyardnursery.com/2013/08/how-to-ship-plants-by-mail-ups-or-fed-ex/

Richard Gardner says

Mike, I’m sure that when you sell plants from your nursery location, many or most people now want to buy with a credit card. Is it difficult to get set up to receive credit cards and what is the cost involved?

You are right, years ago we did not accept cards and it was no problem. But today, at least 50% of our sales are now credit cards. It’s easy to accept cards, it’s easy to get set up, costs are just a tad under 3%. Bring this up in the members area and you’ll get great responses. http://backyardgrowers.com/join

Square.com
I’ve used it for years and never once has there been a problem.

I too have been using square at the nursery. Greatest card system ever.

This is an older thread, but I still comment. I sell plants online and at least in Australia it did not work in etsy. Maybe succulents would work but not my plants. I don’t like ebay very much either because people tend to buy only one or two plants at once. The work to pack one single plant it too much for what you get (count your hourly rate!).
Posting plants, is an art in itself. I don’t recommend posting through the hottest time.
I think the best thing is having your own website, but of course it is work and it is nothing which would work over night.

There are lots and lots of ways to sell plants online. A website is great but it does take a bit to develop the traffic.

Yes, setup is easier than the traffic. BUT I think the easiest way to develop traffic is to have a business card and give them out locally. I think many people don’t have a website because they think it is difficult to setup, but that is not the case.

Nicola, our members, http://backyardgrowers.com/join, are having amazing success selling plants both online and locally. And I do mean amazing success, they know all the secrets.

Karina Olsen says

Do you have any more advice re shipping plants within the US legally? I’ve talked with the county extension office and he references truck loads and inspectors which isn’t my case. I’m interested in selling a few plants online and just keeping it legal re the department of agriculture.

Are there any certifications required by Ebay, Amazon, Etsy or others that you’re aware of? Any suggestions or direction are appreciated.

And, thank you for all the wonderful tips. I use Craigslist and Face Book already but see from your instruction that I can utilize them better than I have been.

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