How do you find new homes for plants?


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I have a perfectly good hydrangea that I want take out to put in something else, but it would be a shame to throw it in the trash. What's the best way to go about finding a new home for a plant?
 
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You pot it up, label it & take it to a local fund-raising charity plant sale. Whilst you are there you are bound to spot lots of other plants you didn't know you needed & will have great chats with other plantaholics!
 
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Or stick it on Freecycle.

In Bristol there is a free shop, you can take what you want for nothing, they do like you to give something too though, otherwise it'd be an empty free shop
 
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You pack it up and send it to me, lol! I have been trying to figure out who I know who has a hydrangea who might let me take a cutting or start a plant for me. I can't believe you want to get rid of it; it's such a gorgeous plant!
 
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Yeah, Chanell has been on the look out for one.. but don't you have friends who would love to have an hydrangea? I don't mind adding one more to my collection. One more plant to experiment with.
 
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Throwing away the hydrangea would be too cruel. Also, I'm sure that it's a beautiful plant. If I were you, I would give it to someone - to a friend or family member. It will make a lovely gift, most people love getting plants:)
 
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The idea of the free shop sounds good.
Many people enjoy swapping plants and it makes for good neighbours.
Many people split or take cuttings of their excess plants and sell them at car boot sales. We used to pick up a lot of bits and pieces to use in the garden when ever we visited a car boot sale. If it doesn't work, or the plants don't take you've only lost a few pence.
 
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If you are in the US, then you could list the hydrangea on Craigslist, and probably sell it, or for sure, you can give it away free to someone that would love to have one.
Another possibility, is to look on the yahoo groups for a gardening group near you, and they will usually have plants to share on there, and you can sell, give it away, or even trade it for something that you would like to have in your yard.
 
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I wanted to get rid of my aloe plant's babies, because they grow to be big plants so I can't keep every single one. I just put them in small, cheap pots and left them on a bus bench with a "free" sign on them. When I passed the bus bench later, they were gone. Sometimes all it takes to give something away is to put it in a public place.
 
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I second the Craigslist and Freecycle ideas. I get stuff from both places all the time. It can be a real blessing for those of us on the lower end of the economic spectrum. You may also try just going to church or work or wherever you routinely hang out and asking people, "Hey, who wants a free plant?" Odds are good you'll find someone.
 
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We have had donations of seeds and some plants sent to the wonderful restoration walled garden project Glamis Castle
 
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I would just move it elsewhere if I were you! Otherwise, I would probably just see if a friend wanted it or something. I have a lot of friends who are passionate about plants and who would take them, though.
 
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I have not experienced this myself, but my mother has. It was fairly simple for her to rid of the plants she no longer wanted. She simply made a craigslist post in the free section and on facebook to make sure it went to someone seeking out things for their garden.
 
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That's you mission for next week then, set one up :)(y)
Haha Well if I did the plants would soon be all gone with nobody donating any to replace them! Might work in a nice small quaint town where people don't want everything free for nothing haha. Sad but true.
 

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Hmm, maybe "plant exchange" would be a better name for it. We just had one at our annual garden meet up here in the UK, huge amount of plants, you just bring your excess ones and take what you want :)
 
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I have a perfectly good hydrangea that I want take out to put in something else, but it would be a shame to throw it in the trash. What's the best way to go about finding a new home for a plant?
It really depends on where you live... there are many choices when it comes to finding a new home for a plant. The easiest would be offering it to a nursery or an institution. I actually offered most of my plants to one of those retirement homes, they accepted most of them happily :) I gave some to my neighbors as well.
 
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I am now in two plant swapping groups on Facebook. One someone added me to, and another I found on my own. I haven't swapped anything yet because I don't have an excess of anything, though I could probably stand to thin my ornamental ginger. More garden work...
 
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I am now in two plant swapping groups on Facebook. One someone added me to, and another I found on my own. I haven't swapped anything yet because I don't have an excess of anything, though I could probably stand to thin my ornamental ginger. More garden work...
The old man next door (older than me I mean haha) mostly has just vegetables and we do share plants and produce when we have a lot. None of my other neighbors are into planting much of anything. I do have a friend I used to work with and we share clippings sometimes. That's fun to do.
 

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