Free plants

Dandelion Farm from Whangarei writes,

Most gardeners we have found are generous with plant sharing because nature provides an abundance. My husband helps prune people’s fruit trees and if they have a good variety he takes cutting material away. Often we see a plant we like which is in seed and ask the gardener for some seed. We saved 20 daffodil bulbs growing on our land and split them each year until our orchard is now full of them. There are some basic rules for when to take cutting material depending on the plant type. Subtropicals, for example, should be split in late spring as the ground warms up. We find neighbours a good resource as they know what succeeds in our bioregion and which varieties work best.