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A couple of months ago I picked up 2 sorry looking bougainvillea for £5 at Homebase. They had some insipid looking flowers on them but I thought 2 for a fiver must be worth the risk. I re-potted them and gave them both a good dead heading and now the stronger one is going great guns. 

Who else has bought an almost dead plant and managed to bring it back to life? Would love to see pics :)


  • PeggyTXPeggyTX Posts: 556
    I bought an almost dead Sanseveria at Walmart 3 years ago on a clearance rack.  It looks like this now: 
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  • It's so satisfying rejuvenating almost dead plants. I also have a couple of azaleas that I rescued and a hardy fuschia that was little more than crispy leaves - I always look out for the 'reduced' plants now.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 83,894
    As I know she’s likely to be busy this morning I’ll link to this thread for @WonkyWomble who is a great rescuer


    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Wow that is a bargain! Love an impulse buy bargain
  • I look forward to seeing next years pics of it  :)  really enjoyed my garden more than ever this year and really enjoyed picking up a lot of bargains that have turned out to be beautiful. Only lost one "bargain" fuchsia that was reduced to 50p so was worth the gamble. 
  • Fingers crossed for you. I've had a few plants suffer with powdery mildew this year. Self grown lupins being the worst. I give up on them to be honest. Tried for years to grow them with zero success. Something or other always gets them. I tend to get most of my bargains from morrisons, ive had some great purchases out of their reduced corner. Always have a nosey when I pop along for my shopping. Love bargain corner posts on here. Makes you feel good when you save something doesn't it.  :)
  • Love hearing about all the bargain plants and looking forward to seeing how they get on. I got another hardy fuschia a couple of weeks ago which is now doing great. I did miss out on a couple of dahlias I was keeping an eye on at Waitrose. He got the two lovely peachy colour ones but I did get a very nice pink one.
  • madpenguinmadpenguin Posts: 2,498
    In 2015 I bought a small sugar bowl with some small succulents in for £1 from a charity shop.
    All plants very small (and un-named) and doing well but as the pot had no drainage holes I repotted the small plants individually.
    I now have 5 really nice plants which if bought from a special nursery would set me back a bit!

    “Every day is ordinary, until it isn't.” - Bernard Cornwell-Death of Kings
  • LynLyn Posts: 21,919
    Lovely,  they’ve turn our local b&q into a Costa, M&S food hall and B&M 😢
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • BrexiteerBrexiteer Posts: 955
    Lyn said:
    Lovely,  they’ve turn our local b&q into a Costa, M&S food hall and B&M 😢
    Are you not an M&S lady ☺
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