AFree Plants by Mail

AFree Plants by Mail

Free Plants by Mail

Six plants are available to plant in your yard, no purchase necessary. All plants are carefully cared for until they arrive at your door. The plants are shipped in annual cedar planters to help them develop a healthy root system and to protect their health until they are transplanted into your yard.Last summer, my aunt who loves to garden, randomly came over with some tomato plants. I didn’t even ask her for them. She just knew my husband loved to cook and might like some tomatoes to add to dishes. She just happened to have a couple of extra plants that she couldn’t fit in her garden. So she gave them to us for free.


Basically, free plants in the mail. Locally, check your local garden center or a plant shop for plant groups to join. Many times groups will do an annual plant swap to clear out extras and starter plants they no longer need.It’s not what you think. More or less you can create your own free plants with propagation. I won’t go super into depth in this post, but by taking cuttings from your already mature or healthy indoor plants, you can easy multiply your collection. I’ll give you one example: if you are a cat-owner, you most likely have a Spider plant (since they are 100% safe for cats). Once they get a medium size (they’re fast growers) they will produce little “baby” spider plants on their leaves. These can be snipped from the mama plant and be put in water to further grow some roots. The baby can then be planted in potting mix and will soon grow big and strong.

I live close to a large garden center that closes for the winter months, and they are not keen on keeping all of their stock in the greenhouse. Because it takes heat and money to keep plants in the garden center, they do a huge 70-80% off discount on all tropicals and houseplants. Every year this almost cleans them out. The selection may not be as great as prime time, but I have gotten many a plant from this sale, mostly for $1-2 a piece. This also works for seasonal farm stands, high end plant stores, and hardware stores like Lowe’s that do a clearout before dormant months. Also, it never hurts to ask if there are any throwaway plants on their way to the dumpster. Last year I took a flat of coleus home free from the garbage that was deemed too leggy to sell. They flourished in my garden all summer. (Source: leafandpaw.com)



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