Greener & More Sustainable
Plant & Seed Exchange
Calling all gardeners… This spring we will be having another Cleveland State plant exchange in conjunction with our Environmental Festival “It’s All About The Green”. Employees, students, volunteers, and friends of the college are all invited to participate. Participants can bring plants from their own garden to exchange for plants from other people’s gardens.
Preparing Plants for the Exchange
Dig and divide your plants the day before or day of the exchange. Take care not to damage the roots of the plant while digging them. Once dug, a garden fork, ditch shovel, and spade are all great tools for dividing. Please make sure there is enough soil left with the root ball to protect the roots from drying out. Wrapping the roots with damp newspaper is a great way to provide additional moisture.
Or, participants can dig their plants earlier and put them in containers. If you choose to do this, remember to water them well until the exchange.
Labeling the Plants for the Exchange
Each plant brought to the exchange should be properly labeled. We ask that you include as much information on the label as possible such as the name (botanical and/or common), growing conditions (sun, shade, etc.), height, color, bloom time (spring, summer, fall), and anything else you may find insightful to share. Also to minimize the risk of sharing invasive plants please review the list of invasive plants for TN from the Tennessee Exotic Plant Pest Council website link http://www.tneppc.org/invasive_plants and refrain from bringing plants with a “severe threat” ranking.
Seeds for the Exchange
If you collected seed last year or have some leftover from spring planting please bring that along to exchange as well. Please have all the seed pre-sorted and labeled.
Care for the plants you receive at the exchange
It is a good idea to bring a plant flat, a box, or plastic grocery sacks to use to collect plants during the exchange. You will receive tickets for the plants you bring. These tickets may be used to pay for the plants you select at the exchange.
Please have a spot at home prepared for your new plants so you can plant them as soon as possible.