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Old 08-07-2008, 11:36 PM
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QuestionMost expensive plant you ever purchased?


What is the most expensive plant or pack of seeds did you ever purchase, and what was it?
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Old 08-08-2008, 04:15 AM
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a pitcher plant (hanging basket) a few years ago. Paid $25 for it an it had to have distilled water. I use to get teased about it having to have "special" water now for my plants. It died anyway later in the year. Another one was a Hybiscus tree with the braided trunk for $25. Kept it for years, got tired of having to haul it in an out of the house for winter. And it kept getting knocked over from the high winds which seemed like it was daily then. Donated it to the City Horticulture. I think they still have it. Thinking back (scary huh) I don't remember ever spending more than $25 for any plant.
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Old 08-08-2008, 06:17 AM
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When we landscaped the new house years ago, I think the most expensive plant we purchased at the time was the 'Little Gem' magnolia trees (~$45). But we recently purchased a few palms for our back yard and one of them (Alexander Palm ~12' tall) was $60. I think that's the most expensive plant I've ever purchased.
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Old 08-08-2008, 07:07 AM
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I paid 25 for a tree rose and looked real nice on my porch for a while then I figured I better put in the ground, yep I killed it. Paid 6$ for a pk castor bean, think that was a mistake. It just amazes me that I can go to a nursery and see a little tree or shrub priced at 100$plus when we all no you can usually find the same thing for half that at Lowes. Lowes is my best friend!
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Old 08-08-2008, 07:35 AM
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Plant: An Apple tree for $43.00
Seed:Plumeria for $12.00
On both I did get my $$ worth.
The apple tree produced excellent crops as long as I owned the property.
The plumeria are still growing strong and I hope to see them start flowering in the next two years.
I am a great believer of a $10.00 hole for a $5.00 plant.
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Old 08-08-2008, 07:59 AM
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PUrchase a 7' saucer magnolia for $89 this spring and several clump birches well over 6' each for $70 each. But I had to replace dead stuff and wanted large immediately to screen neighbors. They are not as big as I would have liked but they were all I could afford at the time.
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Old 08-08-2008, 08:40 AM
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Privacy from neighbors can be priceless. Trees & shrubs always more expensive, we've added alot over the past 5 yrs. Have spent $12 on potted perennials already such as Joe Pye Weed, Baby Joe Pye, ornamental grass.
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Old 08-08-2008, 08:46 AM
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Originally Posted by angmf2233 View Post:
It just amazes me that I can go to a nursery and see a little tree or shrub priced at 100$plus when we all no you can usually find the same thing for half that at Lowes. Lowes is my best friend!
I hear ya Angie, I really do ... BUT ...
living in an area where the big box stores like Lowes and W'mart are gradually
pushing most of the smaller retailers out of business,
I can tell you, we're ALL gonna miss 'em when they're gone.

Those biggies only tend to be as good as their local competition,
and when the competition has been successfully killed off, they get very slack,
especially as far as the variety of plants that they offer ...
their attitude seems to be
... You'll take what we can get for cheap and you'll like it! 'Cuz what'cha gonna do about it? Where else can you go??

Believe me, I want and need to get as much value for my $$$ as anyone else,
and I know that the smaller retailers often charge more
(there is just no way that they can compete with the giants),
but they do generally offer the more special and unusual varieties that I usually find most attractive.

If my local "little-guy-nursery" offers what I want for a "reasonable" price,
even if it is a little higher than the big box price,
I will buy from them to help keep them in business ... there aren't too many of them left around here.


Anyway ... ... enough of my li'l rant,
the most expensive plant I ever bought was a $75 orchid as a gift for my mom.
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The most I have spent is $15 for an orchid that died. Way before I knew anything about them. I kept watering it thinking it was too dry! ROFLMBO!!! Poor little plant...
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Old 08-08-2008, 09:55 AM
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ZuZu you said what I was thinking. We lived in Maryland for a very short time and had no box stores around. I frequented a local garden store and loved it! The folks were nice and Very knowledgeable!!!, and they did have many things you could never find in a box store. When we moved back to the Philly area I discovered that those garden stores are almost non-existant and like you said we are stuck buying what the boxes think we want. SO - since joining Plant Swap I've discovered plants I would never be exposed to and trading them with folks here is an added plus. I don't do mail order so this is the best.
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right zuzu


I admit I like the right price, but it is so true about getting variety, they only have the same stuff. I enjoy doing seeds so I can experiment with whatever I can grow, I like parks seeds for variety. You are into the tropical so I am sure lowes can't do much for ya. My local nursery does have a good selection for different plants, but THIS IS WHERE YOU CAN GET IT ALL!!! I have gotten things I have never heard of before right here at my fav site! Datura being one, night blooming cerous,and so many asst seeds. So you no what Lowes has nothing compared to this place!
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Your so right angmf. I did the seed swap with you and thought ...what the heck........she can send whatever she wants. That way I might get things I have never heard of before. I liked all that I got and am thinking from now on I might continue this way. Do a swap and tell the person, send what you want. If they pick, then its a surprise for me.
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Old 08-08-2008, 04:35 PM
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Sorry hi jacked your thread there for a minute. The most expensive plants I bought was 4 japanese maples for my husband for fathers day this year. Paid $125 or $130 for them. Bought 4 of them. But he liked them so it was all good.
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Old 08-08-2008, 05:30 PM
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Boy you guys have done well....
I have paid $145.00 for one Japanese Maple and $165.00 for The Golden Chain tree........it was 8ft tall when purchased.
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