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Clearance Plants

T. Michael SmithT. Michael Smith Posts: 10 ✭✭✭

My wife finds my frugality annoying and amusing, and I have rubbed off on her.

I am a clearance shelf professional. One place it really plays out is plants. In the past month in clearance I have picked up 2 Raspberry Bushes, 2 Blackberry Bushes, 3 Blueberry Bushes, 2 Hibiscus bushes, 1 Hibiscus Tree, a tray of Brussels Sprout's, and some almost dead buttercrunch lettuce. Almost everything looked root bound and neglected. Everything is thriving where I planted it. I saved between 50%-75% off everything. You should still be able to find some clearance Items located in some special spot in Lowes, Home Depot, Walmart, or your local Ace or True Value. If you have Dr. Appointments that have you going to town at least once a week. Make friends out of the garden center sales people or the Vendors that supply them. They can even save you plants they would have thrown away. Take advantage of our waste. Otherwise it ends up in a landfill. They also throw nursery pots away with the plants. You could get a lot of pots for your greenhouse free. They also have scrap lumber for free of 90% off. You can get your homestead or farm thriving on a budget.

Hope this was helpful to you.


  • pamelamackenziepamelamackenzie Posts: 143 ✭✭✭
    edited October 2019

    Some people dislike big box stores and won't buy their plants. However, if it can survive the the parking lot of Walmart (where they make a temporary spring plant area), I figure it can survive me.

  • ines871ines871 zn8APosts: 1,290 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Around here, relevant stores sell back any unFit lumber, & what I got for Free, is now on its way to 'woodchip' land. Am beginning to think "well, turn our green House, into a Greenhouse; but family objects "Are u crazy?" Rhetorical question.

    Thrift stores, incldg. Habitat-4-Humanity are like a 2nd home.

    SEEDS are a life-saver be they eaten out of hand, or allowed to SPROUT (Broccoli) etc, or grown for later nutrition.

    Nursery pots... let me count - yup got them all for Free.

    70% of plants bought are "root-bound & neglected, & 9 shades of dead": Funny thing, most do Resurrect... from heavenly Compost tea & love. Another 20% were/are well cared-for gifts, & 10% are whatever.

    Conventional ? doctors are only okay... so long as they Order the exact tests I tell them are necessary & we want, so hopefully insurance pays for the tests. No treatments & sure as heck No pharma/poisons. Pray for no emergencies. We avoid 99% of doctors for the constant threat-to-humanity & maiming/killing plaque they are.

    re Budget ? - yup, squeeze each penny hard, harder...; & more often than not, do without. Life goes on.

    What we have needed 9 years, & continue needing is some kind soul to DIG the about 24 holes for our suffering foodForest plants before they all die, as I can't muster the physical strength for that, sad to say.

  • findbeth-1findbeth-1 Posts: 4

    @rainbow Check with your local community college, if there is one close, see if they have a department that might need a project area...

    Or even check with your local high school science teachers, see if they have students willing to help. You may have to share some of the growth, but you might get the digging done.

  • ines871ines871 zn8APosts: 1,290 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @findbeth-1 - Thanks for those suggestions.

    Needs to wait a bit as we had a Hometheft yesterday, including someone stealing the heavy-duty Jumper cables, & then the Van was left open... for too long, before the neighbors call the Police who came to the door, & that's when we found out what happened. - Roadside service is not always quick so now am Late going to work today ! Always something, - No wonder I continue suffering from non-stop run-away Anxiety. Yikes !

  • chimboodle04chimboodle04 Posts: 286 ✭✭✭

    @rainbow another similar place to check is if you have a local career and tech highschool - my mom taught floral and landscaping classes at ours for years and would welcome the opportunity to take kids to a local site for some hands on application learning - just another option :)

  • maimovermaimover Posts: 307 ✭✭✭

    This year I’ve pitted all of my outside herbs in an attempt to keep them going through the winter. Also purchased a lavender and purple coneflower that needed some love and are doing pretty good now so here’s hoping for successful over wintering ...

  • kbmbillups1kbmbillups1 Posts: 436 ✭✭✭✭

    I love clearance plants! A couple weeks ago I bought 2 large purple cone flower pots that were marked way down at Kroger and all they needed was some water! I love these flowers b/c they mass multiply after a couple years. Last week I bought a 3 pack of chard and a 9 pack of broccoli plants for .50 each at my favorite plant outlet!!! They needed water and some leaves pinched off so they could grow back. So far so good!

  • HassenaHassena Posts: 296 ✭✭✭

    Clearance plants can often be revived. We buy the clearances ones and soak them in water for a few days. Most of the make it.

    We also purchase bulk plants through our county extension office bare root sales. You have to order in Jan/Feb for an April pick up date. We bout 100 strawberries plants for $20. They were small, but grew fast and we harvested our second year. :)

  • EarlKellyEarlKelly Penn state master gardener Northeastern Pennsylvania zone 5bPosts: 230 ✭✭✭

    Love going in this time of year for the clearance plants. The big box stores are getting ready for the big spring rush. I have found some really great deals. I revive them then donate them for our master gardener spring time sale. Our major fund raiser for the year. Love the challenge of bringing back the plants. Check them out and have fun.

  • burekcrew86burekcrew86 Posts: 199 ✭✭✭

    I bought some clearance apple and pear trees a few years ago at a big box store. I wasn’t sure if they were going to make it but they both have thrived and are doing great.

  • dipat2005dipat2005 Posts: 294 ✭✭✭

    Outside on the porch of one of the homes we purchased were two pots of what looked like dead primroses. I unbound the roots and planted them watered them and wow what beautiful colors! I thought if I can save 2 almost dead primroses I can save anything. The tomato plants in the Walmart closest to me are often diseased. So it is necessary to check the leaves very closely.

  • gardneto76gardneto76 Posts: 254 ✭✭✭

    You guys must have all the luck. I have yet to find any clearance plants at the HD By me, or at the local nursery. I asked one day and they told me, “never at this time of year”. What is the secret?

  • shllnzlshllnzl Southwestern UtahPosts: 1,401 ✭✭✭✭

    I refer to the plant clearance shelf as the "Death Shelf." I had a large chain hardware store employee commend me for buying the plants after I mentioned that I was buying them to save them. She was glad I was saving them. When asked, she said employees were not allowed to take them and that the unbought plants ended up in the garbage.

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