Tips for a successful Plant Swap

Presentation Matters:

  • Put some thought into growing your plants
  • Trim dead leaves and roots
  • Wash and dust leaves
  • Remove old blooms
  • Presents them in their best light
  • Check thrift stores for unique jars and vases or even a clean bottle – nobody wants to trade for a soggy mess in a plastic bag!

Bring plants that are “ready” for their new home.


  • Use “apps” to identify plants to know what you are giving and what you are receiving
  • Include watering and light instructions if you know them and include general care – no need to a write a novel, just what has been working for you
  • If you’re not sure what you have, label it as such – someone else may know
  • Be creative, but a simple label works
  • Recycle materials for labels
  • There are free templates and lots of ideas for labels online

Care for your cuttings:

  • Make sure your “swapper” is confident that their trade will survive and grow once they take it home
  • Package cuttings so that swappers can see as much of the plant as possible and people will be more than willing to trade
  • Make sure plants like “Philodendron” include at least one “node” or “Knuckle” on the stem in order to root
  • Make sure your swapping plants are watered- Moving is stressful!

In general, be respectful and not greedy. Take your time to ensure you get what you are looking for out of your new plants. Feel free to ask questions and chat with your new plants- swapper friends!

Remember : A plant swap only happens because of each other’s kindness and hard work!

Don’t forget:

  • Vegetable seedlings
  • Seeds
  • Extra Tools
  • Planting Constrainers
  • Trellises
  • Magazines/Books

Oh… and your plants!

Plant Swap

Saturday, April 20th 2:00-4:00pm