Whether you are a new gardener or an old pro, you might be\nlooking for ways to get plants for cheap (or free). There are lots of ways to do this, and I put\ntogether a list of where you can find plants at reasonable prices.\n\n\n\nSo, how do you get plants cheap (or free)? One of\nthe best ways to get plants cheap is to check the clearance rack at garden\ncenters and plant nurseries, especially at the end of a season. You can get plants for free by asking friends\nor family for cuttings or seeds, or by propagating your own plants.\n\n\n\nSome of these methods take a little patience, time, or\ncreativity, but they can definitely save you some money. Let\u2019s look at some more ways to get plants\nfor cheap or free.\n\n\n\nHow To Get Plants Cheap (Or Free!)\n\n\n\nThere are tons of ways to get plants for cheap or free \u2013 you\njust need to do a little scouting (and digging) to make it worthwhile. The first place I would look is the clearance\nrack.\n\n\n\nCheck The Clearance Rack In Garden Centers At Hardware Stores\n\n\n\nEveryone knows that many items go on sale in stores at the end of one season as merchandise for the next season come in.\n\n\n\nThis is also true for plants in the garden centers at\nhardware stores, such as Lowe\u2019s and Home Depot. \nAs fall and winter approach, plants will be brought indoors and put on\nclearance to sell quickly.\n\n\n\nIf you buy these plants and keep them alive over the winter,\nyou can have healthy and well-established plants to transplant outside in the\nspring.\n\n\n\nIf you buy weak-looking plants on clearance, you can sometimes nurse them back to health and even propagate them to get more plants later.\n\n\n\nIf you are lucky, you can find plants for cheap even when it\nis not the end of the season. Sometimes,\nit is hard for garden center employees to keep up with watering and care for\nthe many plants that come in.\n\n\n\nOften, plants that were neglected and look weak cannot sell\nfor full price, so they go to the clearance rack. Some of these plants won\u2019t survive, but\nothers can make a full recovery if given the proper care.\n\n\n\nIn the past, I have bought dried-up 25-cent specimens from\nthe clearance rack at Lowe\u2019s and coaxed them back to full health. I was even able to propagate other plants\nfrom these \u201clost cause\u201d plants (more on propagation later).\n\n\n\nIf you are making a trip to one of the hardware stores for a\nhome improvement project or just buying potting mix at the garden center, it is\nworth stopping by the clearance rack to see what plants are available.\n\n\n\nStop By End-Of-Season Sales At Plant Nurseries\n\n\n\nPlant nurseries will often have end-of-season sales, whether\nthey are switching to new plants or closing after the spring\/summer\/fall rush\nis past.\n\n\n\nThe plants will die or be disposed of if there are any left\nover, so you can often get a deal if you offer to buy the plants \u201cas-is\u201d\nwithout a warranty as to how long they last.\n\n\n\nGo to a nursery at the end of the season to see if you can make a deal to get lots of plants for a bargain.\n\n\n\nYou can also ask for a discount if you buy in bulk, and then\nshare the plants with friends or keep them if you have a large garden to fill.\n\n\n\nYou can keep these plants alive over the winter as potted\nplants or in grow bags, and then transplant them outdoors once spring arrives.\n\n\n\nFor more information, check out my article on clay vs. plastic pots and my article on why to use grow bags.\n\n\n\nBrowse Through Yard Sales\n\n\n\nSometimes, a green-thumb gardener will include some extra\nplants as part of a yard sale. He may\nnot be able to take all the plants with him if he is moving, or he may have\npropagated too many (I am guilty of propagating too many plants)!\n\n\n\nYou can often tell if a homeowner is a gardener based on the\nlandscaping \u2013 if it is beautiful, you have probably found a gardening\nenthusiast.\n\n\n\nEither way, you can often negotiate the price at a yard sale\n(just about everything is negotiable at a yard sale). This is especially true if you are willing to\nbuy in bulk (e.g. \u201cI will take all 10 of these plants for you if you take $20,\ninstead of $3 each.\u201d)\n\n\n\nGo to a yard sale held by a gardener, and you might find some plants for sale at a good price.\n\n\n\nYou are more likely to get a discount if you establish some\nrapport with the seller and show that you care about plants and will take good\ncare of them. If you buy some other\nitems you need at the yard sale, you also have a better chance of getting a\ndiscount on plants.\n\n\n\nGo To Garden Club Sales\n\n\n\nIf you look at local newspapers or search for local events\nonline, you may find a garden club having a sale at a church, library, or community\ncenter in your area.\n\n\n\nThese sales are a good place to meet local gardeners who\nenjoy the same hobby that you do. You\nmight also be able to find some plants at a bargain compared to what garden\ncenters charge for retail prices.\n\n\n\nJoin A Local Community Garden\n\n\n\nIf you join a community garden, you will meet other\ngardeners who will most likely be happy to share their extra plants with\nyou. Most gardeners buy more seeds and\nseedlings than they need, just in case they lose some due to pests, disease, or\nlate spring frosts.\n\n\n\nJoining a community garden is one way to find plants that you can propagate and share.\n\n\n\nIf they don\u2019t lose any plants in the early part of the\nseason, these gardeners will have extra plants, and they will be looking for\nsomeone to take care of them. Even if\nyou get a late start with these plants, you still got them for a good price\n(free!).\n\n\n\nIf you have your own extra plants or seeds to share, you can\ndonate some to the garden or make a gift to other members of the community, for\ngood karma.\n\n\n\nYou can often rent space at a community garden \u2013 for more information, check out my article on renting garden space.\n\n\n\nGo To Seed Exchanges\n\n\n\nA seed exchange is another place where you might be able to\nget free plants \u2013 eventually. Normally,\nheirloom seeds are exchanged, so if you have some from your own garden, you can\nbring them and trade for ones you don\u2019t have.\n\n\n\nBring some heirloom seeds to a seed exchange, and you can trade for something else - you never know what you might find!\n\n\n\nA seed exchange is another great place to meet other\ngardeners. If you strike up conversations\nwith people, you might find that they live near you and have extra plants that\nthey want to give away.\n\n\n\nYou never know, so keep your eyes and ears open to get some\nnew plants for cheap or free!\n\n\n\nAsk Landscaping Or Plant Services Companies\n\n\n\nMany landscaping and plant services companies remove old\nplants every year (or every season) to refresh the interior or exterior of a\nbuilding. If you talk to someone who\nworks at or owns one of these companies, then you might be able to get old (but\nstill alive) plants for cheap or free.\n\n\n\nYou will have to work out the exact details, but I have the\nfeeling that you can get these plants for a good price. I once worked a few jobs with a plant\nservices company, and the old plants removed from the landscape were often\nthrown away after the work was done.\n\n\n\nAny money that a landscaper gets for these plants is found\nmoney, and you can avoid sending these plants to the trash bin \u2013 a win\/win.\n\n\n\nCheck Online For Plants\n\n\n\nIf you go online, you can often find cheap or free plants,\nbut only if you act quickly. Keep your\neyes open and check the listings frequently.\n\n\n\nFor example, there is a \u201cfree\u201d section on craigslist.org\nthat sometimes has plants or shrubs listed for free. You will need to do the work of digging them\nup and transporting them before anyone else gets there.\n\n\n\nYou can also post to the \u201cwanted\u201d section that you are\nlooking for plants and are willing to dig them up and take them away for\nfree. This can be just the thing someone\nis looking for if they want to get some landscaping work done without paying a big\nfee.\n\n\n\nGet Cuttings, Seeds, Or Extra Plants From Friends And Family\n\n\n\nIf you have friends or family members that enjoy gardening,\nthen you can probably get some plant scraps that you can turn into full plants\n(given enough time).\n\n\n\nFor example, many gardeners will \u201ctop\u201d indeterminate tomato\nplants that have grown too tall (by cutting off the top part that is growing\nabove a support stake).\n\n\n\nIndeterminate tomato plants that grow too tall often need to be "topped" by pruning off the tallest part of the plant. The cutting can often be planted to create another tomato plant.\n\n\n\nThese cuttings can be planted in the ground, and will often\ngrow into full-fledged tomato plants, given enough time and the proper care.\n\n\n\nMany house plants can be propagated in the same way, simply\nby taking a cutting from the top of a plant, letting it dry out for a couple\ndays, and planting it in soil. Rooting\nhormone can also help the plant to establish itself more quickly.\n\n\n\nConclusion\n\n\n\nBy now, you have a good idea of some of the ways to get\nplants for cheap or free. You might also\nfind some inspiration on this list to help you find more creative ways to get\ncheap or free plants.\n\n\n\nI hope you found this article helpful \u2013 if so, please share\nit with someone who can use the information. \nIf you have any questions about getting cheap or free plants, please leave\na comment below.