My green thumb came only as a result of the mistakes I made while learning to see things from the plant’s point of view. ~H. Fred Hale
Plant Swap – Seeds, Seedlings, Cuttings, and Baby Plants
Sunday, March 3rd, 2019 6-8pm at Freeman’s Creative
This particular swap has a more informal atmosphere than our regular swaps. There are no plant limits or specific procedures. You simply bring a few plants and swap with whomever you like. It is helpful not to go too crazy with plants and to bring what you can comfortably carry in a basket, small tray, or small box. This will allow you to walk around with your swappable plants and easily make exchanges. This swap is specifically dedicated to seeds, seedlings, cuttings, and baby plants. Plant beginnings to get Spring planting off to a great start and share a bit of plant love.
Our schedule will basically be brief introductions/ice breaker followed by a few minutes of browsing and mingling. Afterward, the swap begins intermixed with a few random door prizes.
Please be sure to read the Plant Swap Guide below for tips on preparing for the swap.
Plant Swap Guide
An important part of a successful plant swap is community. Being around fellow plant lovers not only gives you the opportunity to share plants but also to share plant advice and ask questions. Adding additional information on labels is one way to help the new plant parent. It’s also so important to bring the healthiest, most established plants as possible. Our goal is to share plant joy and not disappointment. Another goal is for everyone to leave with a smile on their face and the perfect seeds and/or plant(s) in their arms.
With that in mind there are a few important things to consider as you prep your plants for the swap.
- Unique, in demand plants are often sought after. Trending themes like spiciest peppers, variegated leaves, and exotic-looking are often sought after and will help ensure you walk away with a plant on your wish list.
- Presentation and packaging are everything. Take a moment to freshen up your plants with a bit of fresh soil and a refreshing drink of water before the swap. Perky plants stand out because there is great confidence in them transitioning well to their new home.
- It’s all in the details. Adding special touches and additional information to your labels makes the swap spicier. I mean, I’d go for Feisty Francis the Fiddle Leaf Fig wrapped in a brown paper bag in a heart beat. Especially important for plant newbies … including care instructions.
- Starting from scratch. Really want to participate but starting from zero plants. Take a trip to a local nursery and pick up the healthiest, most unique philodendron or pothos you can find or a planter of adorable succulents. Divide them up and place in egg cartons, paper cups, or wrap tips in burlap and twine. Add a label with common and Latin name (if known) and you’re all set.
- Come as you are. There are no expectations. Maybe plant hopes and dreams but no expectations. Our group of Bull City plant lovers are the kindest individuals and we love helping each other along in our plant adventures. See what everyone’s growing, ask questions, or simply take in the plant love.
Preparing Plants for the Swap
When swapping seeds it is convenient to have the seeds separated into individual packets and labeled. Labels should include the seed type (common and Latin name), variety (color, shape, etc.,), and date purchased/saved. Bonus information such as where collected or purchased from, whether organic or open-pollinated, and any other fun or useful information. Individual packets can be handmade tiny envelopes or even mini plastic bags from a craft store.
For those with limited time or patience for individually packaging and labeling: If you have collected several seeds feel free to bring those in jars with seed info on the outside of the jar. Envelopes will be available for others to take a few seeds and label themselves.
Seed table will be more of a free for all. Leave a few seeds, take a few seeds.
Seedlings are basically plants that you started from seed yourself. These typically include flowers, herbs, and vegetables. Your seedlings should be individually potted (small bags or disposable cups will suffice) and labeled. Labels should include seedling name (common and Latin name) and date seed was sown. Other helpful information such as description, whether organically grown, or fun information is always appreciated. Please be sure your seedlings have a healthy root system and plant and soil is healthy with no signs of pests or disease. Healthy, well-established seedlings usually are fine transitioning to a new location.
Plant divisions are plants separated from a parent plant. Flower bulbs, perennial flowers, and several houseplants can be propagated by plant division. It’s important to immediately pot up and water divisions after they are removed from the parent plant. They’ll also require a bit of babying until strong root systems are established. Plant divisions should be individually potted (bags or disposable cups will suffice) or have the roots wrapped with a bit of soil. Please label with plant name (common and Latin name). Descriptions and care instructions are a bonus.
There are several fruit bushes and house plants that grow quickly from a plant cutting. Please do your research to be sure your plant is removed properly and is known to be easy to propagate from a plant cutting. A few examples are elderberry and fig (fruit bushes) and philodendron, Pothos, and most succulents (house plants). There are several others. Cuttings should be kept in water or have lower portion wrapped in wet paper towel and placed in a plastic bag. Exception would be succulents which can be simply placed in small containers (upcycled basket, boxes, etc.,) for the swap. Cuttings should be labeled with plant name (common and Latin) and propagation instructions, if possible.
Lastly, baby plants have been added to the list. Baby plants are simply small plants with an established root system that do not require any additional propagation. No sitting in water, no potting up. They are ready to be loved just as they are. These should be labeled with the plant name (common and Latin). A special story about the plant or pet name is also welcome.