All Things Gardening forum: What's in YOUR big box store? (Regional variability?)

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Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 35 years
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Gina1960
Jan 2, 2020 12:08 PM CST
I had to go to Home Despot to get a few wire baskets and while there I thought of a thread about Ti leaves I was on over the last few days and the discussion about what is commonly planted where.

I thought it might be interesting if we posted some of the things that are available at our box stores now in 2020 to compare availability, variety, and prices.

Since its technically winter here and Christmas is now over, and the holiday stuff has been removed from the Garden Center, these are all the usual suspects we have here in No Central FL. By late February/first week of March, there will be a little more variety...more bromeliads, some plumeria, gingers, philodendrons, (Lowes has a lot of Philodendrons right now but HD seems deficient) more other stuff in general, but what I have posted in photos here is what we have available to us 24/7, 365 days a year here, Lowes has similar offerings. This is what people but to landscape with here, its pretty cheap overall. Not terribly exciting, but it is what it is.
Ti leaves, crotons, hibiscus and Ixora

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Scraggly bananas, palms, and orange bird of paradise

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Landscape bromeliads, Thaumatophyllum (formerly Philodendron) selloum, ALocasias
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In the houseplant area, Philodendron Brasil


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Alocasia Poly

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Assorted other stuff

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the usual houseplant stuff I guess
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Name: Eric
Hawthorne, fl (Zone 9a)
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Jan 2, 2020 2:58 PM CST
I am waiting for lowes and home depot to recover from the usage of space for christmas trees. At both stores i have seen a few celosias that i bought. Those are probably the only plants that stood out to me the rest was just basic store offerings.
Name: kathy
Michigan (Zone 4b)
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katesflowers
Jan 2, 2020 4:42 PM CST
Oh....green stuff....
Our Lowes / Home Depot garden department is bare. Cement floors, wood benches, lights off - bare.
I bug them about when will they be setting up the seed packet racks. They just laugh at me.
Even in the present circumstance, I still push through the garden center doors to see what odd or end might have a clearance price on it. But, out there browsing in the frigid temperatures, I'm all alone.
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Hamwild
Jan 2, 2020 5:18 PM CST
Ours are like Kathy's. Bare outside and just the same ol' run of the mill houseplants they sell year-round indoors. Sighing!
Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 35 years
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Gina1960
Jan 2, 2020 5:22 PM CST
Really?????? That's AWFUL! Why? Snow?
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Hamwild
Jan 2, 2020 5:36 PM CST
Too cold I guess. Sighing! It doesn't really snow here (maybe every10 years), but it's a little depressing until April when they start stocking again.
Name: Amanda
KC metro area, Missouri (Zone 6a)
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pepper23
Jan 2, 2020 5:49 PM CST
Only plants in my nearest Home Depot are succulents. The store is too small for houseplants and they were never a big seller. Threw away more than they sold. We do get orchids (phals only) in every once in awhile and they sell decent but still end up throwing away quite a few.
Name: seil
St Clair Shores, MI (Zone 6a)
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seilMI
Jan 2, 2020 6:55 PM CST
HD and Lowes garden centers are all closed and locked up around here. The small indoor section has a few houseplants but not much yet. They'll get a bunch of those potted minis in before Valentine's Day. Otherwise there won't be any activity until late in March.
Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 35 years
Region: Florida Tropicals Aroids
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Gina1960
Jan 2, 2020 8:20 PM CST
Well that is just criminal. I can;t believe that they would deprive people of plants just because it is winter.

We have a few independent nurseries here, the best one has some cool stuff sometimes but not really. Up until about 2010 they always had a ton of unusual stuff but in 2010 was when a lot of nurseries nationwide were closing due to the recession's aftermath. This one stayed open but they are not as adventurous as they once were.
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Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 35 years
Region: Florida Tropicals Aroids
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Gina1960
Jan 2, 2020 8:29 PM CST
On a related note I was over at a friend's today, he asked me to pick him up a certain plant when I was at the nursery in Apopka looking for my holiday gifts, and I was finally getting around to taking it over. This is his little side yard by his carport. This is a 'typical' planting for someone who is really into plants here. He has some adventurous stuff, and some totally hardy stuff. The broadleaf tropical is a Heliconia schiedeana 'Fire and Ice' which is the hardiest of the heliconias, it is a higher elevation plant and can take a little cold (I am a little bolder LOL I have a Heliconia 'Las Cruces' in my flowerbed). He has hardy Calathea louisiae, which I have also had out for 15 years, a Caryota (Fishtail) palm (I have 2 out), Epipremnum climbing up an oak tree(we all do this too) a Ti (from Home Depot ha ha) some bromeliads and other stuff that isn;t readily differentiated (I know he has a big Solanum in the corner)
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Name: Bob
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NJBob
Jan 3, 2020 3:54 PM CST
Not much going on around here, Shrubs from Christmas that will get sent back to nurseries this week. Fruit trees will come in last week of Feb. with seeds getting set in early Feb. Around here most private nurseries shut down for the Winter . reopening mostly sometime in March.
Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 35 years
Region: Florida Tropicals Aroids
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Gina1960
Jan 3, 2020 4:04 PM CST
Really! Not us. They stay open all year. I was going to pop by my best local in the next few days, they are the best option for picking up an unusual plant every once in a great while.
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Name: Bob
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NJBob
Jan 3, 2020 4:26 PM CST
After Christmas there is not much reason to be open. Most days are in the 30's , Ground is frozen and most times snow or ice is around. So no one is planting anything. Safe planting here is mid to late May so most do not start seeds till early March. Not enough money in house plants to keep greenhouses going, heating cost to much. Most places do not sell them or have a very limited selection. Mostly you need to get them at H.D. or Lowe's.
Name: kathy
Michigan (Zone 4b)
Zone 4b, near St. Clair MI
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katesflowers
Jan 3, 2020 5:23 PM CST
Boy, oh boy. Do we have to ring some nursery's bell to get their attention and explain how to make big bucks off gardeners !
Some brilliant mind should heat up a greenhouse all winter and stock it Full,Full,Full of rare tropicals, hard to find plants & even common house plants. Hang them from the rafters, the walls and tiered tables. Sell all the garden gadgets you could ever want in there, too. Present information on different potting soils. Offer watering cans and pots galore. Offer classes on correct care of these plants; introductions to new plants; garden crafting classes; play calm music in the background. Oh gosh, this nursery could make millions off us. We'd never go home. We'd be at the door waiting in the morning. Especially we gardeners in snow country.
OK....I'm done (good grief, I'm like this already and it's only the beginning of January).
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Name: seil
St Clair Shores, MI (Zone 6a)
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seilMI
Jan 3, 2020 5:30 PM CST
Most of the local small nurseries are closed. The chain stores are open because they also have florist services. One independent stays open to hold different classes. They have a big greenhouse of house plants, fairy garden stuff and bonsai. I do usually make the drive out there at least once a winter just to see something green and catch a whiff of damp potting soil, lol! But house plants hate me and the feeling is mutual so I rarely buy anything. My favorite family greenhouse is only open for a couple weeks at Christmas and then closes but they keep us posted on facebook all winter on what's going on in the greenhouses getting ready for spring. It's really cool to see the rows and rows of tiny seedlings of petunias and impatients just starting out. Gives you hope for the spring!
Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 35 years
Region: Florida Tropicals Aroids
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Gina1960
Jan 3, 2020 6:06 PM CST
I had NO IDEA. I grew up in South Texas. South Gulf Coast. It never froze. The lowest temps we had were 40's the whole time I lived there, which was a long time. I went to college first in Austin TX and then on Galveston Island. Austin got cold. But I do recall one Christmas being out at the apartment complex pool, it was about 85 on Christmas. It froze ONCE while I was there. My beta fish died because we went out of state to Texas for the holiday and did not leave the heater on. And here, we used to get 20's on a regular basis a couple times a winter. But even through that, nothing ever closed. There were ALWAYS plants to be bought. I can't imagine living in a place where everything just comes to a complete standstill in winter. This makes me more cognizant of the fact that I am lucky to live here. I will NOT complain, ever again.
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Name: Amanda
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pepper23
Jan 3, 2020 6:57 PM CST
We do have a greenhouse about 30 min away that stays open year round and has a huge selection of houseplants and other plants that can be grown inside but the prices are high and I've only been in there once. The prices were enough to drive me away with my budget. Plus I kill houseplants. Hilarious! Hilarious!
Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 35 years
Region: Florida Tropicals Aroids
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Gina1960
Jan 14, 2020 7:12 AM CST
Lower has cleared away the holiday stuff and is getting shipments of new stuff. I have always wanted to get one of the Alcantera bromeliads but their price is too high
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Name: Eric
Hawthorne, fl (Zone 9a)
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Miamiu
Jan 14, 2020 7:39 AM CST
I went to home depot again. They had the same type o f plants from my last visit. I did go to ace in east palatka and they have a nice garden area set up. Purchased a pacific northwestern delphinium ther e. Ace tends to get interesting and affordable plants there.
Name: kathy
Michigan (Zone 4b)
Zone 4b, near St. Clair MI
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katesflowers
Jan 14, 2020 8:41 AM CST
Hooray for Michigan Home Depot !
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