Transplant Deadline: March 23rd, 2019
Sale Date: Saturday, May 4th, 2019, 10 am - 2 pm
Where: River Legacy Park, Arlington
We need members to participate by growing native plants and bringing them to our plant sales: start native plants from seeds, or transplant extra volunteers into pots. Plants should be grown early enough that they have a root system that will allow them to survive out planting. If digging volunteer plants or dividing plants, please allow sufficient time prior to the sale date, so plants get past transplant shock and look good for buyers at the sale. Please email Josephine Keeney to let her know if you can provide plants. Please use the Plant Species List when submitting your plant species common and botanical names so that they can correctly identify plants on sale signs and plant labels tags. Using this list also helps maintain consistency from the many plant donors. If you have plants to donate that are not on this list, we will gladly accept them as long as they are native to Texas.
Also, please let Josephine know if you can volunteer on the sale date to:
- pick up plants from members homes and drive to plant sale
- help unload plants from vehicles
- organize plants on tables with plant signs
- assist buyers / answer questions, etc.
It takes lots of volunteers to have a well organized and successful sale and we so appreciate all of you who help in whatever way you can. Thank you!
Josephine's Preparation Method for Transplants
"I use Landscaper’s mix at $3.48 per bag and Black Velvet topsoil at $2.77 from Lowes. This makes a large quantity of mix for $6.25. I mix it at a 3-to-1 ratio, three parts landscapers mix to one part topsoil, using whatever measure you find handy. A one gallon pot works well. For fertilizer, I use cotton seed meal, a high-nitrogen product that you can find at feed stores like Marshall Grain. A 50-pound bag costs about $15.00 and lasts a long time. I use it very lightly by sprinkling it on top of the soil in the pot when the plant looks like it needs a nitrogen boost. Of course, you can use compost or alfalfa meal or whatever you like, but don’t use artificial fertilizers as that would cancel out the organic part."
For the purpose of expediency at the sale and to save confusion we have decided to have three common pot sizes: 4 inch for $2.50, quart for $4.00 and gallon for $7.00. If your pot is not one of the standard sizes, the price will round down to the next smaller pot size. Please try to pot your plants as close to standard sizes as possible. For any pots larger than one gallon, please be sure to put the price you wish to charge on each plant's pot.
Theresa Thomas will make labels for all your plants. These labels are standardized with plant information to make it easy for buyers for shop.
Spring Plant Sale Leaders: Josephine Keeney and Gailon Hardin