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Are free nursery plants usually healthy?

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Free nursery plants are not usually healthy. Some small nurseries sell stressed or damaged plants at steep discounts or give them free to customers when customers purchase other plants. Customers can take the plants home and nurture them back to health.

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People can get free nursery plants by selecting plants that are doubled or tripled in a single pot when purchasing the four-inch pot or six-pack varieties. Buyers can take the plants home and separate them, giving them free, healthy plants. Soak the roots thoroughly to avoid damaging the plants, and use an ice pick or skinny screwdriver to gently poke and pull the roots apart.

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