25 Ways to Finance Your Growing Plant Addiction

Updated: Feb 19, 2020

You love plants. I love plants. You want more plants. I want you to have more plants. Science repeatedly shows more plants will make you healthier and happier. So what are we waiting for?! Read on for 25 ways to finance your growing, (totally healthy), plant addiction.

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Avoid Wasting Money with Plant Purchasing Prep

1. Figure out how much money you need. Map and sketch out your space. Do some "research" (i.e. Instagram and Pinterest scrolling) to discover the types of plants you want. Follow-up with some actual research on plant care to make sure those plants fit your lifestyle. Go through our FREE Live Your Best Plant Life Mini Course for help developing your roadmap.

2. When do you need to have your plant money? Is there a certain time of year you need to plant the variety you want (i.e. Fall for spring bulbs and fruit trees)? Use our FREE Plants-At-A-Glance Calendar to get some idea of what to plant when.

3. Know what to do with your plant money once you have it. Make a list and assign a budget for each plant/space. The list can be as specific as naming exact plant varieties. Or, it can be simple parameters like 'tall tropical plant for entryway". Your budget can be an upper limit for each plant or it can be a budget per room if you want more flexibility. Know which items are 'must haves' and which are negotiable. Shopping with this type of list will ensure you stay on budget, yet there's still room for that amazing surprise plant find. Download this FREE Plant Budget Spreadsheet template to stay on track:

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4. Minimize costly repairs from ill placed plants. Ensure you have space for water catchment trays to prevent water damage to countertops and floors. If you live in an apartment check your lease before drilling holes in ceilings or walls. If you are unable to hang plants from ceilings, include money for shelves in your budget.

Quick Wins

5. Include plants in your everyday household budget. How much money can you afford to spend on plants right now? You may have more than you think. Make a budget for your regular life and include plants on your list.

6. Ask for cuttings from friends and neighbors. Many plants can be started from a small cutting placed in water and sunlight. Ask a friend for a small snip and easily expand your plant collection. (Am I telling you to stroll around your workplace taking snips from office plants? Absolutely not. Wink).

7. Host a plant swap. Talk about a win. A plant swap will combine two of your favorite things, hanging out with friends and getting new plants. The swap can include full plants, seeds, and cuttings.

8. Grow plants from food scraps. Save seeds and cuttings and start a plant collection right from your plate. Plant the unused parts of root vegetables and leafy greens (tops of carrots, bottom of onions; bottom of lettuce heads); and seeds from botanical fruits. (Hint: Have an extra potato that's started to grow sprouts? They make lovely leafy vines and are easy to start. Check out the blog post: Now Is the Time - Sweet Potato Vine to learn how.

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Dig-In Long-term

9. Encourage a good habit with a plant piggy bank. Trying to build a good habit into your life? Like daily exercise or foreign language study? Every time you hit your goal reward yourself with a deposit into a plant piggy bank. Budget for success so you stay financially on track, then full speed ahead towards a virtuous cycle of good behavior. (Hint: No cash - no problem. Set-up a virtual 'piggy bank' by using a Paypal or similar account and make electronic transfers).

10. Make money. Sell a craft, teach a lesson, walk a dog - if you really need extra outside money - go get