7 of the Most Profitable Greenhouse Crops

One of the most beautiful things about greenhouse farming is the variety it offers. You can choose to grow fruits, herbs, vegetables or ornamental crops of all sorts and you can choose to grow multiple types of crops or specialize in one singular crop that’s in demand. This flexibility not only allows access to quasi infinite markets, it also simplifies the production and marketing process as well. Here are some of the most profitable greenhouse crops at the moment.

Leafy Greens

Good ol’ leafy greens are still the cream of the crop (no pun intended) of the greenhouse world. Bibb lettuces and salad types are particularly in demand and their characteristics make them very easy to grow. For instance, leafy greens work very well with other ornamental plants and can be grown under the same conditions. For someone who’s growing ornamental plants, making the transition is easy since they only have to learn growing techniques specific to leafy greens and they’re good to go.

Bamboo

Bamboo is another example of a highly profitable crop for greenhouse growers. One of the nicest things about Bamboo is how fast it reaches maturity. As a matter of fact, bamboos can grow as much as 2 feet over a 24-hour period, which is astonishing. Another great thing is that Bamboo can grow in almost any condition and is highly resistant to cold.

Bamboo is a huge trend and is being used principally in landscaping and interior decor. While Bamboo is also being used in cuisine, most are buying Bamboos as screen, hedge or shade plants. Bamboo is also one of the most profitable crops out there and some sellers have reported selling potted Bamboos for as much as $200 a piece.

Herbs

Fresh herbs are always a hot market and growers can benefit greatly from adding a few herbs to their production. Herbs demand very little attention and don’t take much space, allowing you to get more per square feet. Herbs like basil, chives, cilantro and oregano are a few examples of some of the herbs you can grow for profit. If you want to know where to sell, farmers’ markets are great places to start selling your herbs directly to the public.

Tomatoes

Tomatoes are a classic greenhouse crop for a reason. First of all, tomatoes are always in demand and some varieties, like San Marzano tomatoes for instance, may appeal to particular industries. Furthermore, tomatoes are a very versatile crop and can be grown in the same conditions as many other crops. Chilies and bell peppers thrive in the same conditions as tomatoes, so you can diversify your crops with these as well. Make sure you go with high yield varieties like Heirlooms which ripen earlier if you want to maximize profits.

Ginseng

Ginseng has been a staple in Asian culture for years and is also growing in popularity in western countries as well. Ginseng is so profitable a crop that growers often refer to it as “green gold”. If you have a huge vacant lot and you are patient, then you could turn a handsome profit growing ginseng. We mention patience because Ginseng can take up to 6 years to reach maturity and you cannot rush the process and harvest roots before maturation. The only thing you can do to sell it before maturity is by selling young “rootlets” to other buyers to stretch your profit.

High End Mushrooms

Exclusive and gourmet mushrooms are also a go to if you want to turn a profit with your greenhouse. Exotic mushrooms are more popular than ever and the most demand is for oyster mushrooms and shitakes.

Another great thing about mushrooms is that they can grow in almost any condition and don’t require much equipment. High quality hoop house frames and standard plastic tarping will often be enough to get started. Oysters in particular are very productive and very lucrative as well. One square foot can produce 25 pounds of oyster mushrooms a year. A pound of oyster mushrooms can easily sell for up to $7 a pound; so that’s $17,500 per season for a 10 X 10 sq ft patch, which is pretty amazing.

Onions, Garlic and Shallots

Growing these bulbs in your greenhouse may give your crops an early start in spring. One of the best things about bulbs is that you can plant them directly in the greenhouse’s floor underneath your other crops. This allows you to really optimize your greenhouse space.

As a greenhouse farmer, your options are almost endless. So, take the time to do your research and see which crops would more profitable in your particular market.

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About Dequiana Jackson

Dequiana Jackson, Founder of Inspired Marketing, Inc., helps overachieving women entrepreneurs conquer limiting beliefs and create marketing plans that grow their businesses. This includes one-on-one marketing plan development, digital product creation, web design and content marketing. Dequiana is the author of Know Your Business: How to Attract Ideal Clients & Sell More and runs the award-winning blog, Entrepreneur-Resources.net.

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4 comments

  1. Lovely Post. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  2. Absolutely agree with the high end mushroom market consensus. It is understood that the mushroom market is catching on and it now one of the most in demand products of the food cultivation industry.

  3. Day by Day greenhouse farming becomes popular. I am also planning to do something like that and your tips help me, Thanks

  4. Thank you for sharing this article. I learn many thing in your blog.

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