I have been talking about houseplants the way some people refer to tattoos: After getting my first one I became hooked. I wanted a container of every shape, size, and style to add to my collection, and before long, I had a floral version of an ink sleeve in my living room. At some point, I knew I needed to cut myself off… not because they had outgrown my apartment or got too large for me… but because of my budget. I’d had enough: Plant addictions aren’t cheap.
Now that I have an itch to expand my collection again, I asked experts where I can find cheap or even free plants:
1. Keep an eye out for sales.
Some plant shops and nurseries do sell damaged foliage from time to time—usually when it’s had it’s leaves tattered, crisped, or otherwise damaged during transport. Maryah Greene, founder of Green Piece, a company that educates consumers about plant purchasing, says that the type of plant in store isn’t as important as its lack of perfection. In the winter, when the plants are dormant, it’s a good time to buy the ones that don’t look the happiest or most bright and shiny. You can take one home for a few hours and take proper care of it, and you’ll have a thriving plant by spring. Shop owners want to get rid of the sad-looking plants that won’t grow any time soon.
There’s one thing you should always be on the lookout for if you are going to buy a plant (or any plant) on sale. Greene suggests sticking your fingers in the soil to check for creepy crawlies, warning that such creatures can infect your plants.
2. Join a plant swap.
A great way to switch up your plant collection is to drop by a plant swap, says author and host Summer Rayne Oakes, who wrote the book How To Make a Plant Love You. You can also host your own plant party for friends, complete with snacks, drinks, and a plant swap. The ticket to enter? A healthy plant you’re willing to swap for a new one.
3. Propagate your own collection.
Growing your own plants—from a small cutting of a leaf, stem, or root—can actually be fairly quick and easy. There are several ways to do it at home. Store your new plant in a terra-cotta pot or a plastic one leftover from another plant, and you could have a jungle on your hands for less than $10.
4. Know what stores to visit.
Oakes says grocery stores often have cheaper plants, although they don’t always have the most interesting varieties. It’s always more affordable to get plants at my farmers market, which is the one I go no matter what, even in New York City!
5. Understand what plants tend to be cheaper.
In general, fiddle leaf figs are more expensive than smaller birds of paradise (also called figs of paradise). If your budget is tight, opt for a few small plants instead and group them in a cluster for a similar dramatic effect. Some of the most affordable plants include low-light varieties like Snake Plants, Pothos and Spider Plants. Oakes also points out that growers who provide a faster return on investment such as the ZZ plant and the Plectranthus plant are less likely to want to pay more because of their more rapid growth in nurseries.
6. Look for freebies.
If you are willing to use your thrifty side, here are some places to find a free plant:
- The practice of rescuing roadside plants is common in urban areas. The plants can sometimes end up on the side of the road since people are always moving and cannot take them with them. I just took a rootless snake plant home with me. The plant looks pretty healthy, despite the cold weather, but I’m going to try propagating it by cuttings.
- The bulbs were saved from a big box store last year when two truckloads of tulip bulbs and amaryllis bulbs were discovered on top of a truck. The bulbs are fine, but because they did not sell, they were disposed of. The woman who picked them up saved them and shared them throughout the community gardens or gave them to others who wanted to grow them.
- If you belong to a community garden or a botanic garden or garden club, they may a.) give away plants at specific times of the year, or b.) hold member sales.
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