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Name: Keith
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keithp2012
Jan 26, 2016 4:27 PM CST
Whether at the garden center or grocery store, I'm always on the lookout for plants I could save for cheap. Reduced plants sometimes are between 50 cents and $2. The funny thing is most with time can be saved. I've gotten a half dead rose for $1 and months later it was an amazing, beautiful bloomer! A hosta for 50 cents with a single leaf that two months later was almost 12 inches wide! And a cactus for $2 that was brown, and months later became a lush green and swelled up inches like nothing was ever wrong!

Who else enjoys saving almost doomed plants? Any before/after photos to share?
Name: Cinda
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gardengus
Jan 26, 2016 4:38 PM CST
Smiling
I know the feeling you are talking about "rescue " is so rewarding.
Unfortunately I no longer walk by the marked down bin ...out of window space and loosing friends who don't really want a new plant Smiling
I try to keep the indoor plants to 50 or less and some have been with me a long long time (40+years)

Keep up the good work It makes me feel good there is some one out there to Rescue the needy Thumbs up
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Name: Jean
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Moonhowl
Jan 26, 2016 4:56 PM CST
I love the thought Keith, but after so many years, unless it jumps into my cart under its' own steam Rolling my eyes. I try not to bring any new ones home. Sighing!
Name: Ibis
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IbisFla
Jan 26, 2016 5:03 PM CST
Keith, I am a clearance rack junkie! I don't have any before pictures, because I'm never sure if I'll keep them alive Big Grin I should start taking pictures though - many of them just need some TLC and some time. I like picking them up because they're cheap, so I don't mind experimenting. Last fall, I picked up 4 African Violets for $1 each, and 2 are still alive and doing well. The other two, well, they didn't make it, but I don't feel so bad because they were just $1. I will also browse for marked-down orchids - I've found some great deals on those, just because they're done or almost done blooming.

Cinda, I have been getting more selective lately, as I also am running out of indoor room for houseplants. However, landscape plants on clearance are fair game nodding
Name: Tiffany
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purpleinopp
Jan 26, 2016 5:17 PM CST
Only if it looks like it's almost certainly going to live, and that it doesn't have any pests. I have very little plant budget and any plant that dies isn't a bargain to me and takes away the money I could have spent on a healthy plant. I'd rather have one great plant than 2 or 3 suicidal or abused ones that soon die.
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Name: Ibis
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IbisFla
Jan 26, 2016 6:19 PM CST
I've been pretty lucky with my local Lowe's, where I've picked up healthy plants that are marked down because a new shipment came in and they have to move some stock. And sometimes, it's plants that have already bloomed and they're not as attractive without the flowers. Or the plant just needs to be repotted. The fun for me is sifting through the clearance rack and finding that hidden jewel Hurray!
Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
Jan 26, 2016 6:23 PM CST
Yes, I do that!
Some plants like Itoh peonies-I can not afford the high prices, so I wait until the end of season sales. And I check the clearance racks for other plants too.
Many of the big box stores do not care properly for the plants. A little water, a new pot and a new home and they perk right up!
Name: Cheryl
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ShadyGreenThumb
Jan 26, 2016 6:25 PM CST
I saw a shopping cart full of sad looking Boston Fern while at Walmart. I almost asked about them. But then what to do with them when I brought them back to good health? I have to be just as picky of my new plants as I do my sale/rescue plants as i am running out of room.
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sallyg
Jan 26, 2016 6:29 PM CST
I do love a good clearance plant, but like many have said, have to use your judgement with them. Most of my rescue plants have lived and recovered, a few have not.
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NJBob
Jan 26, 2016 6:43 PM CST
I also look for the ones that are just there because flowering is past prime, but around here clearance is mostly 50 percent off tops 75 , never really see a plant for a dollar or less. If they were that cheap I might give lesser looking plants a chance.
Name: Karen
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plantmanager
Jan 26, 2016 6:49 PM CST
Where do you find these plants? I'd love getting plants cheaply, but our big box stores in AZ and NM do not do that. The plants that are bad get sent back to the grower or tossed in the trash. Sad
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Name: Cheryl
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ShadyGreenThumb
Jan 26, 2016 6:56 PM CST
Talk to the plant employee and ask what happens to them. Make them an offer you can't refuse for the ones they are going to toss anyway. I have been approached by the Lowe's guy who once told me, "Let me know which one you are interested in and I'll mark it down for you."
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plantmanager
Jan 26, 2016 6:58 PM CST
I'll try that, Cheryl. Our thrift shop is the same way. One day I saw an employee of Goodwill chucking hardbound books and paperbacks in a big trash container. I asked about it and wondered if I could buy them, and she said no! It was against their rules, and they had to toss them. Sad
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Name: Jean
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Moonhowl
Jan 26, 2016 7:48 PM CST
But unless the dumpster is posted as private do not trespass, you can back later and do a bit of diving Whistling
Name: Shannon
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Shannon
Jan 26, 2016 7:54 PM CST
I do Hurray! Most of my gardens are as I call " Misfits" I love saving them Hurray! I once got a
whole rack of hydrangea from Lowes for $1.00 Blinking there were about 20 of them .. Got them
healthy and gave them away to friends Thumbs up
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RickCorey
Jan 26, 2016 8:03 PM CST
Moonhowl said:But unless the dumpster is posted as private do not trespass, you can back later and do a bit of diving Whistling


Dumpster-Diving Divas! Around thread #2 or #3.

Weezingreen's 'Seed Snatchin' saga Part 1:
http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/463059/

. . . Part 2 . . . More Seed Snatchin' Part II > http://davesgarden.com/forums/t/465112/
. . . Part 3 . . . Yet More Seed Snatching III > http://davesgarden.com/forums/t/467512/
. . . Part 4 . . . Seed Snatchin' Part IV > http://davesgarden.com/forums/t/468970/
. . . Part 5 . . . Seed Snatchin' Part V > http://davesgarden.com/forums/t/471815/

... if DG still supports forum threads.

Name: tarev
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tarev
Jan 26, 2016 8:08 PM CST
Yup I do rescue plants too sometimes, it is a good learning process for me. Sometimes they make it, sometimes they don't. But I choose the plants I take, since I do not have a lot of space.

Succulents are really easy to rescue. I try to get my rescues if possible in late Fall. Not so much into winter already, it will just be too much of a shock for the plant during transport, and more frustrating, since most of the plants are on slow down mode already, or more often too dead to revive.
Name: Karen
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plantmanager
Jan 26, 2016 8:35 PM CST
Moonhowl said:But unless the dumpster is posted as private do not trespass, you can back later and do a bit of diving Whistling

Ha, I've been know to do that on occasion!

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Name: Keith
West Babylon, NY (Zone 7a)
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keithp2012
Jan 26, 2016 9:16 PM CST
plantmanager said:Where do you find these plants? I'd love getting plants cheaply, but our big box stores in AZ and NM do not do that. The plants that are bad get sent back to the grower or tossed in the trash. Sad


Lowes, Home Depot, Stop & Shop
Name: Keith
West Babylon, NY (Zone 7a)
Region: United States of America Winter Sowing Plays in the sandbox Birds Native Plants and Wildflowers Tomato Heads
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keithp2012
Jan 26, 2016 9:17 PM CST
ShadyGreenThumb said:Talk to the plant employee and ask what happens to them. Make them an offer you can't refuse for the ones they are going to toss anyway. I have been approached by the Lowe's guy who once told me, "Let me know which one you are interested in and I'll mark it down for you."


Wow that's nice! I've tried that and they told me they can't do that. Thumbs down

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