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Good nursery or other place to find inexpensive plants/trees for sale (or free!) in the East Bay?

Asked by zina (1650points) August 26th, 2008

I’m looking specifically for potted trees that can live indoors.

I’m not familiar with East Bay nurseries, and besides those I’m not sure of other good sources of plants. Today I was at Ace Hardware which had quite a lot of outdoor flowers, and heard that the Longs’ down the street has a lot of plants, and cheaper, which surprised me. Should I craigslist/freecycle this? Another alternative like farmer’s/flea market, a dump, a place like Urban Ore that’s got plants…....?

Oakland would be best, East Bay is ok, and even SF if there’s a good spot.

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marissa's avatar

I was going to suggest Freecycle and then I see that you have mentioned it in your question. In our area, we list plants on Freecycle, especially in the fall and spring when folks are replacing or thinning out plants/trees.

gailcalled's avatar

Here we give the saplings that spring up to whoever wants them. Are there gardeners in your neighborhood? (Indoors, I am not sure about. Banana trees do well in sunny rooms but they have to be repotted and end up weighing 10 tons.)

Any Aggie schools in your area? They may have seedlings. (Or plant an avocado seed or a pineapple top. Google for hints.)

zina's avatar

Good idea on the agricultural schools… I’m looking into it.

Didn’t see any relevant posts on Craigslist or Freecycle, but I’ll keep checking—and I’ve now posted on Freecycle.

gailcalled's avatar

Zina; Also, try prowling your neighborhood and talking to those folks with dirt under their fingernails (and perhaps back braces). Gardeners love gardens, talk gardens and share gardens. It is a wonderful and refreshing subcommunity.

Occ, who isn’t on here much anymore, has a small patch in a community garden in SF, I think. Ben would know.PM him.

lapilofu's avatar

There’s a little Nursery on Gilman and Curtis streets that I’ve used in the past. I don’t recall what it’s called, but look it up.

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