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Save Money: Buy Clearance Plants

By GigiPlumeria
March 28, 2013

I find myself looking at clearance racks more often these days, especially after I discovered I can easily make them into beautiful plants for a fraction of the original price. All it takes is a little tender loving care.

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Name: Jo-Ann
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JoAnn
Mar 28, 2013 6:36 AM CST
You're so right about good bargains. I've purchased lots of $2 adeniums that looked terrible because they were going dormant. Some were a beautiful double white. I always check the clearance racks!
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Name: Mary
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fiwit
Mar 28, 2013 6:41 AM CST
I spent $2.50 on a leyland cypress that looked half-dead. He's almost a foot tall in my yard now. I spent $3 on a 3gal azalea (encore rouge) that was just bare limbs. He's bloomed in his container for 2 years, and this year he's moving into the ground.

TLC works wonders, doesn't it? Thumbs up
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I'm going to retire and live off of my savings. Not sure what I'll do that second week.
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Name: Debra
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lovemyhouse
Mar 28, 2013 8:57 AM CST
A goodly chunk of my yard is populated by clearance plants. At least in this area, Home Depot does not sell clearance plants and trashes theirs. Seems like such a big waste to me and I have considered dumpster diving. Hilarious! Lowes, now. Ah, Lowes. THAT is the place to find clearance. Thumbs up

These were clearance. All droopy and crammed up four in a tiny pot, they obviously like their new residence.
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If you don't ask, the answer is always 'no.'
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
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RickCorey
Mar 28, 2013 1:23 PM CST
They also give good practice re-potting seriously root-bound plants. I unwind roots, but I'm still timid about root-pruning.

I got a n ic e big lavender plant that they couldn't kill by under-watering no matter how hard they tried. I think it finally put on a show of looking pouty and unhappy so they would mark it down and someone would give it a better home.

Haunting those clearance racks at end-of-season also gives me an excuse to keep watching like a hawk for when they give away empty pots and web trays at the end of the season. Sometimes BIG pots, and often large numbers of matching 4" pots.
Name: Mary
My little patch of paradise (Zone 7b)
Gardening dilettante, that's me!
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fiwit
Mar 28, 2013 2:47 PM CST
They give away empty pots and trays? Really?!?!?!?! **insert greedy look here**


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I'm going to retire and live off of my savings. Not sure what I'll do that second week.
My yard marches to the beat of a bohemian drummer...
Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Mar 28, 2013 3:58 PM CST
End of the season sales are also wonderful - I picked up several gallon size grasses for $3 apiece last October. Although they looked pretty dead when I bought them, all are showing good signs of life this spring. I think the nurseries just don't want to over-winter them.
I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
I helped beta test the first seed swap Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Region: Pacific Northwest Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Vegetable Grower
Avid Green Pages Reviewer Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Charter ATP Member
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RickCorey
Mar 28, 2013 6:19 PM CST
Mary, the FIRST thing I did was to look at your location, to be sure we didn't live so close together that we would compete for empty pots and trays!

Hmmm ... Wales ... Georgia ...

Well, we can recognize each other, because we'll be the only two lying in wait for the doors to open, then racing for the discard rack.
Name: Mary
My little patch of paradise (Zone 7b)
Gardening dilettante, that's me!
Plays in the sandbox Native Plants and Wildflowers Butterflies Dog Lover Daylilies The WITWIT Badge
Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Bluebonnets Birds Region: Georgia Composter Garden Ideas: Master Level
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fiwit
Mar 28, 2013 6:30 PM CST
:lol: Wales, because it's one of my favorite countries, and a very distant part of my heritage. GA because even though it was never on my radar screen as possible places to live, it's where I wound up and once I found my little patch of paradise here, that's all she wrote. Thumbs up

I'll have to ask my local Lowes, the next time I'm over there. They pretty much know me there by now. *Blush* In fact, one year I walked in at 7am on a Saturday, and one of the garden center workers grabbed me and said "You need these!" and led me to TWO golden delicious apple trees that had fallen out of their pots overnight. I got the trees (and the pots full of their dirt) for $3 each. Thumbs up
Northwest Georgia Daylily Society
I'm going to retire and live off of my savings. Not sure what I'll do that second week.
My yard marches to the beat of a bohemian drummer...
Name: Gigi
Florida (Zone 9a)
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GigiPlumeria
Mar 28, 2013 7:12 PM CST
Hurray! Glad I'm not the only one watching all the clearance plants:)... and yes, Lowes is my favorite. They have the healthiest clearance plants I've seen so far. I rescued a few succulent plants from their clearance racks a few days ago and they look gorgeous now!

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Name: Gigi
Florida (Zone 9a)
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GigiPlumeria
Mar 28, 2013 7:15 PM CST
fiwit said:They give away empty pots and trays? Really?!?!?!?! **insert greedy look here**




Yes, they do! they are very nice about giving them away too! All my little plumeria seedlings and cuttings look organized, thanks to the the empty trays from Lowes!
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Name: Gigi
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GigiPlumeria
Mar 28, 2013 7:17 PM CST
lovemyhouse said:A goodly chunk of my yard is populated by clearance plants. At least in this area, Home Depot does not sell clearance plants and trashes theirs. Seems like such a big waste to me and I have considered dumpster diving. Hilarious! Lowes, now. Ah, Lowes. THAT is the place to find clearance. Thumbs up

These were clearance. All droopy and crammed up four in a tiny pot, they obviously like their new residence.
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Awwww:), they look gorgeous and very happy!
©by Gigi Plumeria "Gardening is my favorite past time. I grow whatever plant that catches my attention." Plumeria Photos http://www.flickr.com/groups/calachuchi_plumeria_/ plant photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/gigiplumeria/sets/
Name: Gigi
Florida (Zone 9a)
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GigiPlumeria
Mar 28, 2013 7:17 PM CST
I agree
fiwit said:I spent $2.50 on a leyland cypress that looked half-dead. He's almost a foot tall in my yard now. I spent $3 on a 3gal azalea (encore rouge) that was just bare limbs. He's bloomed in his container for 2 years, and this year he's moving into the ground.

TLC works wonders, doesn't it? Thumbs up


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Name: Gigi
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GigiPlumeria
Mar 28, 2013 7:25 PM CST
Another thing to watch: some of these clearance plants are in beautiful pots and the price of these clearance potted plants are half the price of buying the pots alone!
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Name: Gigi
Florida (Zone 9a)
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GigiPlumeria
Mar 28, 2013 7:26 PM CST
Bonehead said:End of the season sales are also wonderful - I picked up several gallon size grasses for $3 apiece last October. Although they looked pretty dead when I bought them, all are showing good signs of life this spring. I think the nurseries just don't want to over-winter them.


I will have to remember this!
©by Gigi Plumeria "Gardening is my favorite past time. I grow whatever plant that catches my attention." Plumeria Photos http://www.flickr.com/groups/calachuchi_plumeria_/ plant photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/gigiplumeria/sets/
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Name: Gigi
Florida (Zone 9a)
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GigiPlumeria
Mar 28, 2013 7:27 PM CST
JoAnn said:You're so right about good bargains. I've purchased lots of $2 adeniums that looked terrible because they were going dormant. Some were a beautiful double white. I always check the clearance racks!


Me too:)! Thumbs up
©by Gigi Plumeria "Gardening is my favorite past time. I grow whatever plant that catches my attention." Plumeria Photos http://www.flickr.com/groups/calachuchi_plumeria_/ plant photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/gigiplumeria/sets/
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
I helped beta test the first seed swap Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Region: Pacific Northwest Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Vegetable Grower
Avid Green Pages Reviewer Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Charter ATP Member
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RickCorey
Mar 28, 2013 7:28 PM CST
>> They pretty much know me there by now.

I know what you mean!
Rolling on the floor laughing

Unfortunately, the prescription clerks at my local Wal-Mart know me by name. I'd rather be a frequent visitor at the garden center, than the Pharmacy.

For a while, I was getting a trunk-full of concrete pavers every weekend at HD, and they got to know me.
Name: Gigi
Florida (Zone 9a)
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GigiPlumeria
Mar 28, 2013 7:32 PM CST
RickCorey said:>> They pretty much know me there by now.

I know what you mean!
Rolling on the floor laughing

Unfortunately, the prescription clerks at my local Wal-Mart know me by name. I'd rather be a frequent visitor at the garden center, than the Pharmacy.

For a while, I was getting a trunk-full of concrete pavers every weekend at HD, and they got to know me.

I think Lowes employees know me too by now because I fill my carts with clearance plants and also always ask for empty trays. Green Grin!
©by Gigi Plumeria "Gardening is my favorite past time. I grow whatever plant that catches my attention." Plumeria Photos http://www.flickr.com/groups/calachuchi_plumeria_/ plant photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/gigiplumeria/sets/
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
I helped beta test the first seed swap Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Region: Pacific Northwest Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Vegetable Grower
Avid Green Pages Reviewer Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Charter ATP Member
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RickCorey
Mar 28, 2013 7:53 PM CST
"You know you're a gardener when ..."
they know you by name in the gardening center.
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Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
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Butterflies Region: Texas I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member Annuals Garden Sages
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lovemyhouse
Mar 28, 2013 9:53 PM CST
Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious! Ay-yup
If you don't ask, the answer is always 'no.'
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
Dragonflies Dog Lover I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Bee Lover Plays in the sandbox
Butterflies Region: Texas I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member Annuals Garden Sages
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lovemyhouse
Mar 29, 2013 10:18 AM CST
Best photo of them I have, but these lilies were $0.50 a pot a few years back. Thumbs up
If you don't ask, the answer is always 'no.'

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