An herbal business is one of the most profitable business ideas to start in today’s world. As more people are starting to see the value of eating locally-sourced, homegrown food, you’ll likely draw in a strong customer base that will turn your new business into a lucrative company.

Starting an Herbal Business

Your herb business must first begin as an herb garden. Keep reading for six ways to start an herb business of your own.

1. Research and Gather Materials

Before starting your herb garden and subsequent business, make sure that you are following any laws and regulations that may make it illegal to have an herb garden. In certain cities like New York City, it can be illegal to have a planter on a fire escape. Make sure you have ample room and the legal ability to create your herb garden.

Once you’ve sized up an appropriate area to grow your herbs, start making plans for how you will plant your herbs. To grow your plants, you’ll need a mini-greenhouse or raised bed. This bed should be about 40 inches in width. Its length will be up to you, based on what you can accommodate in your space. As you pick the size, keep in mind that you should be able to access these plants from any side of the raised bed or greenhouse.

It’s also important to note that herbs need a lot of sunlight, so be sure to avoid any shady areas near trees. Keep hand tools and a wheelbarrow nearby for blending the soil in your herb garden.

Working with a bed that is 40 inches by 30 feet and capable of holding six-inch pots will be able to contain 400 plants. The perfect soil mixture for these plants will include the following:

  • 8 feet of topsoil

  • 8 feet of washed sand

  • 4 feet of perlite

  • 12 feet of peat moss

  • 10 pours of dry organic fertilizers

  • 10 pounds of dolomite lime

2. Decide What Herbs to Grow

Once you have the basic supplies, you’ll need to choose the right type of herbs you want to grow. It’s a better idea to choose a few herbs in the beginning, then start with a huge variety of herbs.

Start your selection by deciding whether you’re more interested in harvesting herbs for culinary purposes or medicinal purposes. Would you like to grow herbs in order to make tea? The answer to these questions will help you decide what herb seeds to buy.

Start purchasing these seeds online from commercial growers, shop in person for hardware and gardening stores, or visit a local grower to get seeds from them.

For example, if you’re hoping to grow herbs for medicine, you may want to visit https://microbeformulas.com/blogs/microbe-formulas/an-intro-to-mimosa-pudica to learn more about the mimosa pudica herb. This herb, like many others, has been used in medicines for hundreds of years. This plant helps to eliminate free radicals and prevent cardiovascular disease. An herb like this will sell well once you start attracting customers.

3. Plant the Herb Seeds

Once your seeds arrive, you’ll be able to plant them. When choosing your herbs for  your garden, think about the seasons, what herbs will fare better in which time of year, and when to plant them as the weather during each time of the year may negatively or positively affect the growth of your herbs.

For some of the seeds, you may find that starting some of the plants indoors will allow them to take hold and put down roots before you rotate them to your greenhouse or raised bed. Some herbs that grow well indoors are chives, oregano, rosemary, thyme, and parsley.

When choosing the pots for your indoor or outdoor plants, you’ll want to look for containers that have sufficient holes for the water to drain. Clay pots are preferable for herbs like thyme while plastic pots may deteriorate faster over time. For your indoor herbs, you’ll want to find pots small enough to fit conveniently in your home without compromising the health of your indoor herbs.

4. Take Care of the Herbs

As your herbs grow, they need proper care and maintenance to ensure they keep growing in a low-stress environment. To keep your herbs going strong, try to use organic fertilizers only to keep plants from absorbing any toxic compounds found in other commercial fertilizers. Additionally, try using liquid fish emulsion or liquid seaweed during growing seasons. This will ensure your herbs absorb the right nutrients as they grow.

When watering these plants, remember to stick to a regular watering cycle that keeps them hydrated without drowning them in water. Most of your herbs will only require one watering a day, preferably in the early hours of the morning.

As you work to care for your herbs, make sure you’re taking the time to prune and pinch them. This will encourage the plants to grow stronger and as a result, have more flowering stems.

5. Start Selling Plants

Get your business going by selling your plants. Once your herbs have grown, you can start selling your product to customers. Whether you host a sale from the garden directly, or you choose to sell your herbs from a farmer’s market, spend this time preparing your herbs for their new owners. Be sure to become familiar with any local laws regarding what is legally acceptable when selling your herbs.

6. Get Creative with Advertising

Once you start selling, you need to find ways to keep your new customers and attract more. Start promoting your business with flyers, business cards, and other creative ideas. Consider giving away free seeds with promotional cards advertising your business. Continue to promote your business in the community near areas where your general demographic tends to shop.

Starting a business is never easy, but if your heart and soul are in it, you'll find customers that share the same ethics and standards you do. Keep these six tips in mind as you prepare to start your new herb growing company.