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

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Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
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Gina1960
Jan 14, 2020 11:04 AM CST
Ace here gets NOTHING all of them are in small strip malls with no room for a real garden area for plants
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Hamwild
Jan 14, 2020 11:09 AM CST
Same here. Ours has veggies and some hanging basket plants, but nothing I can't find at Lowes or Home Depot.
Name: aud/odd
Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
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Cinta
Jan 17, 2020 7:34 PM CST
I have garden on lock in my area all yr. After Christmas you hit the Big Box stores for mark down Christmas. Christmas cactus, Armarylis. Home Depot new stock comes in for house plants. The house plants. There are a lot of what Gina is getting in her garden area. They are large 4-5' trees floor plants.

My local nursery have their seeds in toward the end of Jan, to Feb class and plants for fairy gardens, minature fruit trees, a chance to talk to the owner of any plants you would like her to order for Spring planting.

Feb-March Home Depot get their shipment of succulents. They get so many the closed in plant area is packed and they have to spread the over flow throughout the store. This time of Yr. Home Depot look more like a nursery store than a hardware store.

In March out come the hardy plants and Spring planted bulbs in Home Depot and Lowes.

April it is off to spring/summer merchandise start to come in orders
Name: Keith W
Southwest Missouri (Zone 6b)
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keith8800
Jan 17, 2020 8:38 PM CST
Howdy everyone,
I work part time at Menards and we are now setting out seed packets and next week we start setting out the garden center for spring. Like all other box stores it is too early but takes a tremendous amount of time to set displays, signage, racks, irrigation systems and much more. I am always amazed to see folks buying live flowers that are only going to feeze but that is simply wanting to get an early start. As a gardener, I love to see this transition, even though I know it is too early, but I know spring is getting closer.
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Name: Eric
Hawthorne, fl (Zone 9a)
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Miamiu
Jan 27, 2020 11:01 AM CST
A walmart down here had tulips, daffodils and hyacinths in pots of all different sizes. They were not blooming yet.
Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
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Gina1960
Jan 27, 2020 1:14 PM CST
I am never tempted by those. They don;t live here long term
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Name: Lynda Horn
Arkansas (Zone 7b)
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gardenfish
Jan 29, 2020 4:30 PM CST
Certain items are beginning to show up here, such as seeds, little greenhouses, certain bulbs, etc. the weather has been horrible: other wise I would be looking for potato and onion sets; they start selling this time of year. Kroger's and Wal Mart always have nice houseplants, but not the variety of philos, etc. like I see on these forums. Kroger's has pre sprouted spring bulbs. Kroger's is a good place to buy certain types of plants, such as mini roses, spring and summer annuals and perennials, fruit trees, and one spring, a shipment of clematis unlike anything any other place around here had, even the nurseries. I got one, a very short vine and big flowers, beautiful! I stay away from Lowe's; grossly inflated prices, and the sale of plants totally unsuited to our local climate. Wal Mart is a great place for summer annuals and perennials, as well as shrubs and roses.
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Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
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Gina1960
Jan 29, 2020 5:33 PM CST
Our Lowes has put the winter annuals (pansies, petunias and the like) on clearance because they have all the spring perennials in now and need the space. They have spring veggies in too, tomatoes, peppers, lettuce and that stuff
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Mariedorer
Jan 29, 2020 5:44 PM CST
Our Lowes had croton after croton after croton today. Also large peace lily's, tall ficus Ali, and then a little of everything else. Nothing that really caught my eye. Home depot was still fairly empty and WalMart had literally dozens of sad succulents and that was all. A bit surprising, I would've thought they would have a little more.
Name: Lynda Horn
Arkansas (Zone 7b)
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gardenfish
Jan 29, 2020 6:17 PM CST
What I really hate here is that ALL the stores put out peppers, tomatoes and basils far earlier than they should be planted. I get a lot of questions every year from new gardeners who say, well, I saw them for sale, bought some, planted them and they froze. What did I do wrong? Planting out time for these here is from around April 25th through mid May. We sometimes have very late freezes here: once it WAS on April 25th. I have seen tomato plants for sale here as early as the first of March!
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Name: Eric
Hawthorne, fl (Zone 9a)
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Miamiu
Jan 29, 2020 7:13 PM CST
Home depot today had the same plants from my last post. I did notice some fruit trees and smaller citrus plants for sale. Saw a grape fruit and a key lime and lemon combo tree.
Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
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Gina1960
Jan 29, 2020 8:09 PM CST
Those combo trees freak me out. Just sayin'
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Name: Eric
Hawthorne, fl (Zone 9a)
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Miamiu
Jan 29, 2020 10:24 PM CST
I forgot to mention that hd had the dwarf blue delphiniums. A decent sized plant for 6.50 so i purchased one.
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Name: kathy
Michigan (Zone 4b)
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katesflowers
Jan 30, 2020 6:12 AM CST
Oooo - delphiniums !
I usually buy a flat of tiny plants from my local mom&pop nursery in early Spring. I like the tall ones. The mix of colors are in the blue tones, but you never know what you'll get.

Yesterday Meijers started pulling out Valentine fun stuff. These are Sweetheart Hoya starts.
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Name: Lynda Horn
Arkansas (Zone 7b)
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gardenfish
Jan 30, 2020 7:10 AM CST
I sure wish I could grow delphiniums here. They poop out after one season, sometimes in the middle of the season! I guess it's too hot here.
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Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
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Gina1960
Jan 30, 2020 7:15 AM CST
I won;t even try them. They will do ok here in the cool but as soon as the heat hits they go the way of the pansy
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NJBob
Feb 2, 2020 7:42 PM CST
Spring bulbs came into HD this week, seeds have been in for a few weeks now.
Name: Lynda Horn
Arkansas (Zone 7b)
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gardenfish
Feb 3, 2020 12:24 AM CST
Wal Mart has seeds and bulbs. Nabbed my Burpees Forecast zinnia seeds, and two bags of asiatic lilies to fill some holes in the lily section of my perennial bed. I got Nettys Pride and Forever Susan, ones I have looked at online. Wal Mart has pretty good bargains in bulbs, but you never know what varieties they will have. I got my original gloriosa lily from them about 15 years ago. That set of tubers finally wore themselves out, so last year I found a package of three tubers at Wal Mart for $10.00. To my delight I got two different cultivars in the package . They bloomed the first year. If anyone is interested in growing annual flowers for butterflies, this zinnia is the one to plant! See pics below.

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Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 35 years
Region: Florida Tropicals Aroids
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Gina1960
Feb 3, 2020 6:58 AM CST
Ok this will sound dumb. But how do you get those power seeds to grow? My experience with flower seeds is limited to those containers of mixed seeds that have titles like 'Grow your own meadow'. They never sprouted and grew for me. I would like to try some, but other than just taking them and sprinkling them on the sand in the flowerbed, what should I do?
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Name: Lynda Horn
Arkansas (Zone 7b)
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gardenfish
Feb 3, 2020 7:44 AM CST
Gina, no question is dumb! I highly recommend buying single species of annual flowers, not the mixed seeds sold. With those mixes, you have seeds together that are different sizes, have different germination rates, need to be planted at different depths, and some will over power the rest. Zinnias, marigolds and cosmos are very easy to grow, just follow the instructions on the package. The best zinnias for butterflies are the flat, daisy style flowers as the Forecast variety I used pics of, but nearly any zinnia is good. Cosmos are great for butterflies and bees, and marigolds will attract bees, too. These flowers are so simple to grow they often recommend them for children's gardens, so I know they will be a no brainer for you! They come in all sizes, from 12" to 2 to 5'. I grow a lot of the tall zinnias and I stake them. Some people plant the zinnias in long rows with the seedlings very tight together, but not recommended for places with powdery and downy mildew issues. Cosmos usually don't need to be staked, but some of the taller marigolds might. I have never tried these in sand, but because they require a fair amount of water you might want to amend with compost and topsoil. In your climate you could probably plant these now, although I have to wait until the end of April. Here's more pics to show other zinnias, cosmos and marigolds.



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A lot of marigolds are good container plants!
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