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Unsold Flowers, Trees & Shrubs Available To You For FREE!

Kim Komando has shed some light on a little-known secret in the world of plants & flowers.

In her Newsletter, she wrote:

Have you wondered what happens to the plants nurseries don’t sell? I was surprised to learn that they’re destroyed. What a waste! Well, Free Trees and Plants “rescues” unsold plants. Then they’re offered to you for free — you only pay postage and handling.

Kim Komando

…How cool is that?!?

What Plants Are Available?

At Free Trees & Plants, you can choose from a wide variety of free perennials, free trees, and free shrubs.

UPDATE: Since that website is no longer online, I’ve found a few other places you can get FREE flowers, trees & shrubs! (Listed below.)

A red daylily... an example of the types of plants you'll find at Free Trees and Plants.
  • All plants come from the very same growers as those in the famous garden catalogs. They are of the highest quality… they were just unsold.
  • Your satisfaction is guaranteed. If, for any reason, you are not satisfied with your free plants at anytime within 60 days from the day they arrive, they will replace them without further shipping and processing.
  • Your free nursery items will arrive at the time that’s right for plant in your area.
  • The plants are shipped to you in their “dormant” state (which means that they’re hibernating). Their foliage and color will reappear once they are planted.

From the site: “Your dormant plants are coddled and cared for from the field to your front door. We send bare root stock that has been dipped in a hydro-gel and sealed in a polybag to create a mini greenhouse that protects and nourishes it until it reaches you.”

How Do They Do It For Free?

They employ disabled workers to gather and prepare the plants for shipping. A project like this helps people who sometimes have difficulties finding employment.

For the record, the nominal fee that you pay for shipping and processing (around $7.99 per plant) covers the costs associated with the following:
(Every step is done by hand.)

  • Digging
  • Washing
  • Inspection
  • Transportation
  • Size Sorting
  • Unit Grouping
  • Hydro Dipping
  • Packaging Labor
  • Packaging Materials
  • Labeling
  • Addressing
  • Postal Sorting
  • Postage To Your Door

Legit Ways To Get FREE Flowers, Trees, And Shrubs

#1 – Get Free Plants From Funeral Homes

#2 – Look For More Than One “Plant” Inside The Starter Pots You Buy

#3 – Get Free Shrubs & Trees From Construction Sites

#4 – Garden For Free With Freecycle

#5 – Get Free Trees & Shrubs From Landscape Firms

#6 – Ask For Plants As Gifts On Your Amazon Wishlist

#7 – Divide Your Existing Plants …Especially If They’re Root-Bound

#8 – Get 10 Trees For $10 From The National Arbor Day Foundation

Our firsthand tips for planting trees yourself:

#9 – Search For Free Tree Programs Near You

Some examples from where I live in Nashville:

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