Free Plants: Dumpster Diving Season
Great time of year for dumpster diving discarded plants at the hardware stores. I came home with 9 hanging baskets (everything from impatiens to dianthus) and about 3 dozen 3-4" pots including 13 Gerbera Daisies. Those retail for about $2.99 I think. Luckily the weather is unseasonably cool this week and I'll be able to get away with planting some of them even though it's late. Some will do well in porch pots or hanging as-is from the porch roof. Gotta love free plants!
Sometimes they are dried out or have dead leaves, others look just fine. I pick out the best ones, prune them up, wash the dirt off the leaves, replace soil if it's spilled out (or repot), and soak with soluble plant food water. A little TLC will do wonders for a forlorn plant.