Free Plants! The best possible price you can find right? Last week I was struck by a post at everyone’s favorite ranting website. The post discussed the “lies” of gardening and one of those supposed lies was that you don’t have to spend money to get plants. The author implied that to get good plants you have to spend good money. To me…well…that’s just ridiculous.
The author cited several ways to get free plants and how they just weren’t quality plants of any account. She completely left out propagating plants. You can get almost any plant to root in some way shape or form. How do you think they amass so many kinds of plants of the same variety in the stores? All those fancy echinaceas won’t come true from seed so they do root cuttings. Those beautiful shrubs you see are propagated through stem cuttings. Sure they take time to grow from a little 6 inch cutting to a large bushy foundation planting but you absolutely CAN get great plants for free. All you have to do is know someone who has the plant you like and ask to take a few cuttings at the right time of the year – then propagate!