How to Open a Hydroponics Store

Hydroponic plants are exposed to a rich mineral solution and grow in an inert medium. The medium could be gravel or nutrient film technique. Hydroponic stores are poplar destinations for amateur gardeners.
Some neighborhoods have many stores servicing the same customers while others have none. Before setting up your store you need to write a business plan.
Your plan should identify viable store location, rent, suppliers and funding. Use the business plan to secure bank loans and provide collateral. Here are a few ideas on how to open a hydroponic store.
Different Types of Hydroponic Systems
Hydroponic farming uses the irrigation and sub-irrigation mediums. The two common growth techniques are static solution culture and continuous flow solution culture technique.
Others include aeroponic system, fogponics, passive sub-irrigation and flow flood-drain sub-irrigation system. More variations are deep water culture, top-fed deep water culture, domestic hydroponics and run to waste system.
  • Aeroponic system
  • Fogponics
  • Passive sub-irrigation
  • Flow flood-drain
  • Sub-irrigation system
  • Deep water culture
  • Top-fed deep water culture
  • Domestic hydroponics
  • Run to waste system
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Substrate and Growth Medium
Hydroponic farming involves growing crops without soil. The medium used depends entirely on the type of system applied.
Common types are vermiculite, pumice, rice husk, perlite and sand. Other substrate includes gravel, rock wool, sheep wool, wood fibre, brick shards and clay pebbles.
Substrate
  • Vermiculite
  • Pumice
  • Rice husk
  • Perlite
  • Sand
  • Gravel  
  • Rock wool
  • Sheep wool
  •  Wood fibre
  • Brick shards
  • Clay pebbles.
Hydroponic Supplies
A starter store should stock on some basic equipment. You could start with growing aids, kits, nutrient, tool and equipment.
Stock, LED lights, grow-media, ph control ventilators and containers. Others are nutrients, propagator, clay pebbles, organic plant mix, coarse vermiculite pallets and aquaponic system.  
Stock electronic conductor meters, ph meter, litmus paper, ph indicators, graduated cylinders and measuring tools.
Basic Hydroponic Supplies
  • Timer
  • LED lights
  • Grow-media
  • PH control
  • Ventilators
  • Containers
  • Nutrients
  • Propagator
  • Clay pebbles
  • Organic plant mix
  • Coarse vermiculite pallets
  • Aquaponic system
Hydroponic Store Business License
Before you start you store there are a few documentation. You need a state tax identification number, sales permit and re-sale license.
The stock is subjected to value added tax and reseller permit. Choose a trendy store name and secure a business license.
Register the business with the corporate affairs commission. The business structure depends on the type of incorporation. You could choose to incorporate as a LLC, Sole Proprietor, Partnership or Corporation.
Hydroponic License and Registration
  • Hydroponic Business License
  • DBA business name
  • Federal Tax EIN
  • Sales Permit
  • Wholesale/Retail license reseller Identification
  • Legal business structure- Sole proprietor or Limited Liability Company
Sell Online
An effective marketing tool is running a website. There are many hydroponic stores selling both online and offline. Include product image, description and prices.
Provide a list of equipment in your store. Add a login page, register, order status, contact us page, customer service and your cart.
Marketing
Hydroponic stores are popular and easy to market. Make sure you stock essential supplies for quick delivery.
Use target marketing such as demography, age, average earning power of host community. Advertise your products in gardening magazines and newspapers.



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