If I wanted to start selling seeds (for example, tomatoes), how would I go about doing that? Do I have to grow my own strains, and then harvest the seeds, or is there places where you have to buy seeds (like a wholeseller)?
I know someone who started a seed business with a suburban garden and a kitchen table. You don't need a lot to start but you need drive and determination to stay in the business. Seed buyers want to buy seeds in uniform quantities that are cleaned and accurately named. If you want to grow your own seeds
- plant in quantity
- clean the seeds and test for viability
- know how to germinate them. Norman Deno's work is the bible for the trade
- do not plant seeds from copy righted or patented plants
- know the Latin and common names of what you are planting
- ensure you are harvesting what you think it is. With pollination, hybrids and what else plants get up to you must ensure that plants are true to name
- A good web site will assist in sales but mechanics of e-commerce are beyond the scope of the question.
You can also buy wholesale seeds in quantities ranging from a kilogram to much larger quantities.
EDIT: plants that are copyrighted have this information on the tag when you buy them.
Instead of trying to grow a number of varieties to sell yourself you could contact one or more seed companies to try and contract with them for a season to grow one of their varieties. This could be a good learning experience since you’ll have their guidance throughout the growing season.
I just read an article in the summer 2011 issue of The Heirloom Gardener that was someone's experience growing Boldog Peppers for Fedco Seeds. It's a good read since it shares some of the obstacles faced with growing enough plants for viable seed to sell.
I hope this helps,,,
Don't forget there are allot of regulations sending certain seeds across state or country borders due to invasive species