Bargain Plants at Garden Centers

Have a green thumb and a tight budget? I have found that if I go to garden centers in the big box home improvement stores on the day after their vendors go through the plants, I can find some real bargains. I have bought some puny plants that were in planters which cost more than the plant was reduced to!

Generally all the plants need is a little water and some TLC. I bring them home, put them in a shady spot, and keep them well-watered for several days before planting them out.


The stores usually have them on rolling carts toward the back of the garden section. If you don't see them, ask someone. The folks in the garden center are happy to show you to help get them out of there.

Don't be afraid to ask if they will reduce something that is less than vibrant. A little clipping, plant fertilizer and watering can revive most annuals which are droopy. I have been doing this for several years and have lost very few plants. At the price I got them for, that didn't amount to much money.

By Sandy from Elon, NC

January 15, 20090 found this helpful

Hi Sandy, I do the same thing and the best deals are at Lowe's.....about 1/4 of my 1/2 acre yard is planted in what they considered "cast-offs" and I have a beautiful garden for very few dollars invested.

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January 15, 20090 found this helpful

We call them "pitty pots" and Lowe's is definitley the best place......but don't tell everyone.

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January 14, 20100 found this helpful

I found a really pathetic looking ficus for 5 dollars at one of those stores. It looked like Charlie Brown's Christmas tree. It is now about 12 feet tall.

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January 14, 20100 found this helpful

Hi, what is the big box home improvement store and how do you know the day after the vendors go through the plants? Thank ya, Pamela.

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