Many people like to have several plants at home or in their garden to create a little green setting of their own. In addition, plants have multiple virtues (depollution, anti-stress, anti-magnetic waves, etc.) which make their presence work for our daily well-being in addition to making our interiors and exteriors more welcoming. However, in garden centers, the price of green plants can put off more than one, especially when you want several. Fortunately, there are several tips for getting free plants (or at very low cost). And we reassure you: these techniques do not require any special knowledge! So let yourself be tempted.
1) Sprout seeds and pits to get free plants
You already have the food in your fridge or in your cupboards! All you have to do is collect the seeds or pits to grow plants. This trick therefore has the advantage ofuse food scraps which usually end up in the trash.
So you can absolutely keep the prettiest pips lemon, orange or tangerine to grow a small tree with lush foliage. As to avocado pit, it can be germinated in water before putting it in potting soil. With a little patience, you’ll soon see a pretty avocado tree thriving in its pot. Its beautiful green leaves are sure to brighten up your home. Otherwise, think of sprouted potatoes or garlic which have their place in the garden! Well, it’s less known, but you can keep the pineapple crownremove the first leaves and let everything germinate in a glass of water before planting.
2) Multiply plants you already have
Techniques such as cuttings, layering or division are often well known to gardeners for multiply the plants they already have. To use propagation easily at home, a healthy stem can be taken. Then, depending on the variety, it will either have to be immersed in water to let the roots appear, or put them directly in the ground. This technique works great with popular houseplants like caladium, begonia, calathea, or amazing mother-in-law’s tongue. It can also be easily used on ivy stems. If the plant initially purchased was not free, the ones you will get later thanks to it will be!
3) Ask relatives for stems
If you have few plants or your relatives have varieties that you do not have, you can consider asking them for a stem to multiply at home. You can even consider a exchange of good practices by swapping plant cuttings that the other does not have. This will remain free plants and everyone is a winner! You will also be able to exchange tips for maintaining the plant, a valuable asset for keeping it healthy.
4) Collect stems or leaves in town or in nature
Collect free stems or leaves from plants found in nature, that belong or will not be missed. It is particularly possible to find them in the forest at the edge of a field, a path or in certain public beds. Sometimes, some people even pick up the stems that have fallen naturally to the ground in the garden center. You have to dare… but it’s another possibility!
5) Free plants by exchanging with enthusiasts
Some sites and online groups or associations of gardening enthusiasts organize donations of plants, flowers and other free seeds. Sometimes it happens that these transactions are paid for, but the costs are still much lower than in commerce. On these platforms, you can also exchange plants and seeds. It is therefore a good way to expand your collection and vary the pleasures without breaking the bank. Do not hesitate to find out if there is this type of association in your area.
6) Take advantage of donations from your municipality to have free plants
Some municipalities organize donations of useful plants (in particular plantations that repel insects) or offer their constituents the opportunity to recycle the plants that have adorned the roundabouts. In order not to miss a good opportunity, you can go to the town hall to inquire about the fate of communal plants, but also regularly consult the local press to be aware of potential plant donations. Some cities like Caen don’t donate plants, but donate ladybug eggs, which are very useful in fighting aphids and other harmful insects!
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