Reasons to Buy Plants From a Wholesale Nursery

Cold Stream Farm is a wholesale/retail bare root tree and shrub nursery in Michigan. What are the benefits of buying plants from a wholesale nursery rather than a corporate store?


First, consider the quality. Big box stores treat their merchandise poorly. It doesn’t receive the attention and care that a wholesale nursery gives… so here’s the thing: the quality of the plants you buy at a corporate store will be worse. Sure, you can buy in bulk and buy really cheap plants at a place like Wal-mart, but are these plants going to last long and look great? Probably not!

More Interesting Variety

Wholesale nurseries typically offer more types of plants (as well as more plants of different sizes) than big box stores do. When corporate stores buy in bulk, they’re choosing to sell only the most popular plants which will yield them the most profit. A nursery, on the other hand, puts love and care and thought into what kinds of plants to offer to its clientele. They’re more apt to actually grow their plants on-site, which is good because they’re acclimated to the local climate, whereas a big box store gets their plants from somewhere far away.

Attention to Detail

How about the care of plants? Have you noticed how well cared for plants are at a local nursery versus a big box store? Nurseries typically employ more people who take the time to care for each and every plant on the premises, whereas a corporate store has one or two people responsible for watering and maintaining way too many plants on hand. Nursery workers know how to look for pests or diseases. They know how to place plants in ideal locations so they’ll thrive. What does the typical big box worker know? Usually, they’re underpaid and just there for the paycheck, honestly.

Why buy plants from Cold Stream Farm? If you’re looking for quality plants that have been lovingly cared for and nurtured, come to Cold Stream. If the old adage “you get what you pay for” is true, then it’s worth spending a little extra to get the best quality plants the first time, rather than getting really cheap plants that don’t do well!