If you enjoy collecting houseplants, you know it can be an expensive hobby. You can offset the cost of adding new plants to your collection by selling propagated plants. The key to making money is knowing what the best plants to propagate and sell are.
We’re here to help you determine which plants are best to grow for profit. We’ve compiled a list of the top 15 plants you can propagate and sell for a decent profit. If you already have any of these plants in your collection, you can start making money in as little as a few weeks!
1. Dracaena trifasciata (Snake Plant)
Snake plants are popular among homeowners because they are hardy and don’t require much care. They can go for as long as a month without water. Their unique foliage and ability to improve indoor air quality also contribute to their popularity.
Stem cuttings are easy to propagate, allowing you to quickly produce new plants from a mature plant. Once you have a decent-sized plant growing, it can be sold for an average of $40 depending on where you live.
2. Philodendron spp.
Philodendrons are another popular houseplant due to how easy they are to care for. Just like snake plants, they can also improve indoor air quality. Many species can also be grown in low-light settings, unlike many other house plant species.
There are a ton of philodendron species to choose from. Most are easy to propagate and will grow rapidly. The price you can sell them for will depend on how rare the species is and the size of the plants you sell.
3. Monstera spp.
Monstera plants continue to grow in popularity due to their uniquely fenestrated leaves. Many species can grow rather quickly which makes them rewarding houseplants to care for.
Some species are considered common plants while others are extremely rare and hard to find. If you can get your hands on one of the rare species, you can make a big profit. Cuttings with only a few leaves from rare species can sell for around $100.
4. Peace lily
Peace lilies are known for their ability to improve air quality and handle low-light settings indoors. They also flower easily indoors unlike many houseplants.
Peace lilies are a breeze to propagate and cuttings will root in just a few weeks. You can sell a medium size peace lily for around 20 dollars depending on where you live.
5. Spider Plant
Spider plants are a great option for propagating and selling. They will produce ‘babies’ or ‘spiderettes’ along several long flower stalks. Allow plants to become slightly root bound to encourage flowering.
The babies are easy to remove and propagate into new plants. You can also propagate new plants by dividing larger plants. Spider plants are low maintenance which also makes them a perfect choice for propagating and selling.
6. Devil’s Ivy (Pothos)
Devil’s ivy is a type of Pothos plant that’s easy to maintain, propagate, and grow quickly. People adore its variegated foliage that cascades beautifully from hang baskets. It can also be trained to grow up a trellis.
These plants grow fast and can be propagated from stem cuttings. You can sell them for $10 to $20 depending on their size.
7. Zanzibar Gem (zz plant)
Zanzibar Gem has glossy green foliage that grows along clusters of upright stems that emerge from the soil. There are several varieties with different leaf colors which can sell for even more.
These plants are pretty much disease free so you won’t have to worry about losing money to disease issues. Small plants can sell for around $30 while large plants sell for more than $100.
Lavender flowers are both gorgeous and produce a wonderful, relaxing scent. They are easy to propagate in large numbers and will sell for $5 to $10 each depending on the pot size. However, there are many other ways to make money from growing lavender.
You can sell fresh-cut flowers, dried flowers, or even make scented soap using them.
9. Maranta leuconeura (Prayer Plant)
Prayer plants have one of the most visually stunning patterns on their leaves. When you see one in person, it’s hard not to want to take it home.
You can propagate prayer plants from cuttings or root divisions. Two-inch cuttings can be sold for $5 while small plants sell for around $20.
Rosemary, like many herbs, is a great plant to propagate and sell. These plants are popular due to their culinary uses and amazing aroma. They often sell for more than many herbs because they’re perennial plants that will come back year after year.
There are a lot of varieties of rosemary available. Consider selling a variety of rosemary plants with different qualities. You may find buyers will often purchase more than one variety at a time if you have them available.
You can also consider selling fresh cuttings or dried rosemary at your local farmer’s market.
11. Radiator Plant
There are tons of radiator plant varieties (Peperomia spp.) with a wide range of leaf colors, sizes, and shapes. On average, small plants will sell for $10 to $30 online.
Even though a single plant won’t bring in a ton of money, you can quickly produce a lot of plants from a single mature radiator plant. They are fast growing producing 3 to 4 feet of growth per year. That means you can take quite a few stem cuttings from a single plant each year.
Begonia houseplants are even more diverse than radiator plants. Their show-stopping foliage makes them highly desirable houseplants. They can also produce lovely flowers in a variety of colors.
The rarer the variety, the more money you can make propagating them. Prices will also increase as the plants grow larger.
Hoya plants are another plant with variegated forms which makes them a favorite among plant lovers. They also produce clusters of small white to pink flowers. Their common names include waxplant, waxvine, or waxflower due to their foliage and flowers.
The amount of money you can make selling these plants depends on the variety you grow. Common varieties usually don’t sell for more than 50 dollars. Rare specimens like ‘compacta’ can sell for hundreds or even thousands of dollars.
Roses have been a popular flowering shrub for generations, so you know these plants won’t go out of style. They produce abundant colorful flowers that smell divine.
The best way to propagate roses is from cuttings. Small shrubs will sell for $20 to $50 or more for rare varieties. You can also make money by selling cut flowers from your rose plants.
Aglaonema is a popular house plant due to its interesting foliage and its ability to tolerate low light levels. Their variegated foliage can range from having small white speckles to large reddish streaks. There are dozens of varieties available to choose from and they’re often referred to as Chinese evergreens.
These plants are simple to propagate from stem cuttings. Cuttings will sell for a few dollars while large plants sell for around $50. Of course, rare varieties can be sold for even higher prices.