CLOSED: Fall Tropical Plant Swap Sign Up

Ocean Springs, MS

Fall Tropical Plant Swap (for PLANTS FOR zone 8+) you can live anywhere.
Names will be taken from August 10-August 28. When you send acceptance to participate, please email me the following-do NOT include it in post for your safety.
Mailing Address

Partners names will be sent August 29.
Mailing should be done by September 20.

Swap rules:
Value must be at least $15 to $20 (not including postage) If you donít have anything to trade, you can order a plant and have it shipped to your trading partner. One plant can be sent or as many as you need to get to that value amount.

You may post a wish list but your swap buddy is not required to send you the plants you post. Your wish list is a great tool if your buddy decides to order something online and have it shipped to you from the source.

Try to keep trading partner a secret until you get your plants.
When you get your new plant(s) please post a picture to show off the plants and as a thanks to the sender.
I have always enjoyed swaps and make new plant friends. Enjoy!

List of participants:

Ok, check out the list and make sure those who want to participate are on it.

This message was edited Aug 29, 2010 5:41 AM

Leesburg, VA(Zone 7a)

Sign me up Julie!!


I'll take anythiing you all send me. :0)
I would like an elephant ear of some kind. They are so cool and the ones I tried to plant this year didn't even come up.

This message was edited Aug 14, 2010 12:44 PM

Kansas City (Joyce), MO(Zone 5a)

Neener, you beat me.... ;D
I'm in.
I really am not hard to please but,
Wish someday to have:
Thai Beauty Caladium
Hot Lips Caladium
Xanthosoma albo marginata
String of Pearls
Burrows tail
Desert Rose
brugmansia - double

lots ee's
ginger - butterfly

Updated to add list

This message was edited Aug 26, 2010 7:18 AM

Munden, KS

Can you sign me up. Karen in KS

Ocean Springs, MS

I've added your names to the list.
love, julie

Orlando, FL(Zone 9b)

I'm in. I'll send the dmail.

As to what I'd like:
strange gingers
Kangaroo Paw
ylang ylang
anything that fruits in 9+ (except Oranges, apples, grapefruit, strawberry and blueberry - already have these guys)

. . . basically anything not on my "have" list.

This message was edited Aug 25, 2010 4:55 PM

Ocean Springs, MS

I forgot to mention that you may create a "wish list" just in case your buddy wants to buy a plant and have it shipped to you from an online source. Thanks, julie

My Wish List
magnolia macrophylla (Big-leaf magnolia)
Bird of Paradise
pine cone ginger
any kind of banana
any kind of elephant ear (except the common kind)
any kind of hardy hibiscus

thanks, julie

Caddo Mills, TX(Zone 8a)

I want it too. I missed the spring one, so I am glad to get into this one. Thanks

Here is my wish list
Orange Bird of Paradise
elephant ears
anything tropical would also be nice

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This message was edited Aug 28, 2010 3:41 PM

Ocean Springs, MS

Hi, Tina!

If any of you want to edit your post to make a wish list, please feel free to do so! love, julie

Kansas City (Joyce), MO(Zone 5a)

froggie, you want hardy hibiscus?

Ocean Springs, MS

Yes, I want hardy hibiscus. Lost most of my tropical hibiscus in the freeze last year, so I'm done with them! Only planting hardy ones now. love, julie

(Karen) Frankston, TX(Zone 8a)

Hello all, glad I made this Fall swap!

Wish list...

Any Cajun Hibiscus
hibiscus acetosella "Haight Ashbury", "Maple Sugar"
Stuttgart variagated Cannas
Black Magic Elephant Ears
Hardy Hibiscus - Kopper King, Luna White, Luna Swirl or Turn Of The Century

This message was edited Aug 15, 2010 3:41 PM

Burleson, TX(Zone 8a)

I would love to be in this as well ;) Sign me up please ;)

Seymour, IN(Zone 5b)

Sign me up also. I can't grow tropcials outdoors year round here, but I do have lighted indoors growing shelves where I grow Gessies and African violets. I have some Hardy hibiscus , desert rose and mandivilla to trade as they are rather large and if possible, I would hope to receive a small plant or a starter plant for my shelves. sounds like fun. I will send my d-mail. Lou

Brandon, FL(Zone 9b)

I'd like in too.... but one've put a price limit ((which I'm good with!!))... but is there a plant size ? Are we shipping whole plants?? tubers or bulbs?? etc. etc.

Blackshear, GA

Count me in, I love the plant swaps. Really, really want a pink princess philo (but please don't buy, expensive) Any kind of tropical is good for me. Thanks

Ocean Springs, MS

Answering Dirtygirl71's question about how many plants to send, how big, etc. :
You may send a variety of plants or you may order online and have it mailed directly to your buddy. For example, I really want magnolia macrophylla. My buddy might order it and have it mailed to me. I would receive one plant within the price range, but it would be a great gift!
Hope this helps. Julie

Kansas City (Joyce), MO(Zone 5a)

froggie, it is ok, if I have something from my garden to mail also, or not?

Manassas, VA(Zone 7b)

Sign me up for the trip. I never did this before but would love to give it the old heave ho. If I get out of line please get me back on track. I hope to have my gabizo green house done in the next couple of weeks. In the past when I have made trades I always tried to give the other person a bang for their buck & never received full value in some cases; so this sounds to good to be true. I will update my wish list ASAP. Jake

Ocean Springs, MS

Happgarden, yes, you may send things from your own garden!

Jake, nice to have you join! We will make sure you get your share this time! And congrats on your gazebo greenhouse! Sounds like a great project.

I am mourning the loss of my greenhouse. I still have not found anyone who can take it apart and move it to my new property. I thought my brothers and my nephews would do it, but no luck so far. And I cannot afford to pay someone to do it right now. Maybe I'll get lucky and can get it done before the mortgage company takes possession of the property!

Have a great day! Julie

Kansas City (Joyce), MO(Zone 5a)

Jake, have you posted a pic of the greenhouse? I would love to see it. That is one of my goals is to have a greenhouse again.

Julie, if I was there I would help you take it down. The new owners will probably rip it down. We moved from a house that my dh had built me a greenhouse and the new owners, boarded it up and made a shed.....

Ocean Springs, MS

Got a letter from the mortgage company that they will start foreclosure proceedings on our previous home if we do not pay arrears by September 10. So, I still have time to get the greenhouse if I can just get my brothers and my nephews motivated! Together, it would only take them one day to take it apart, move it, and put the frame back together. I could put the panels on myself! Wish me luck getting them motivated!

So glad to see everyone joining the swap. I have a busy week this week, but plan to do something fun and enjoyable for the weekend. Going to Saturday market and local nursery (maybe they'll be marking their tropicals down)!

love, julie

Orlando, FL(Zone 9b)

Sometimes moving them is more of a hastle than just buying a Greenhouse kit. The best deal going for a real greenhouse (unless you can find one used that you're willing to take apart and reassemble) is the one we got from Harbor Freight:

or the smaller one:

They literally drop off boxes on your doorstep, and from there it is like tinkertoys!
Took us about 2 days to get it all assembled.

Ocean Springs, MS

I could afford the smaller one sometime next year. What kind of foundation did you use? How did it work last winter during the unexpected long freeze? Thanks, julie

Orlando, FL(Zone 9b)

we used gravel from Home Depot, and only my most tender zone 11 stuff suffered with no heater. With the heater, we'll see this year.

Kansas City (Joyce), MO(Zone 5a)

I have read on the greenhouse forum and looked like alot of people are trying them. The only negitive I heard was the way the panels are fixed in and I think alot of people just beefed that up and seem happy with them. It is surely the best deal around for sure.

Ocean Springs, MS

Cool! Looks like just what I'll need. And it would probably be cheaper than trying to move and reconstruct my other one. The screws are stripped, so I'd probably break some of the fiberglass panels on it. Now I just gotta figure out what I'll do with my babies until I can get one of these! thanks and love, julie

Snellville, GA(Zone 8a)


(Waving to all of my Garding friends.)

I would love to join this swap and i'm glad to be back.

Wish list
Brugmansia - double


This message was edited Sep 1, 2010 8:21 AM

Ocean Springs, MS

Welcome, Cindy!

Still have time to sign up! Anyone Else?

Houston, PA(Zone 6a)

Me too, please.

Ocean Springs, MS

Welcome, Roxanne! Deadline is coming up fast. This is a fun swap if anyone else wants to join! love, julie

Tyler, TX(Zone 8b)

Oooh, sign me up pleeeeaaase! I really enjoyed this swap last time!

My wishes....

variegated/unusual elephant ears
cannas - stuttgart, striped beauty
jade vine (any color)
Xanthosoma robustum
variegated monstera (swiss cheese plant)
philodendron 'pink princess' (variegated)
...or other items shown on my want list

Froggies Girl, if worse comes to worse, you can build a nice sized GH very reasonably. We built my 8x10 last year from treated 2x4's (a 'lean-to' style roof is cheapest/easiest to make). I got two windows & door from resale/recycle shop and reused some old cement pavers for the floor. Last winter I covered the sides with 4mil plastic (already had corrugated on the roof).... when temps dropped below 20F I used a small bathroom heater and even my zone 11 plants thrived during our zone 8 winter! We recently covered the sides with corrugated panels... still didn't spend over $300 altogether for the GH itself. DH & I built it in only 2 days...nice little weekend project.

This message was edited Sep 3, 2010 9:36 PM

Ocean Springs, MS

My dear swap friends, I am going to close sign-ups for this thread at midnight tonight (Saturday, August 28). I will assign names on Sunday, August 29. I have to do this because I am having surgery Thursday to have the lump under my arm removed. Doc says I'll be out of work for at least a week. I will, though, have plenty of time to "relax" and keep up to date with the swap. So, if no one objects, you will be receiving your buddy's name tomorrow.

If you haven't sent me your address info or haven't posted a wish list, please do so.
love to all, julie

Kansas City (Joyce), MO(Zone 5a)

Sounds good Julie, best of luck with the surgery. Be sure and take it easy.

Chell, would love to see your pics. I was thinking of putting a lean to on the front of my garden room. Being zone 5a I have to heat the garden room so it is a hybrid room, no windows north mostly glass south, insulated roof, live with propane so cost is a problem.

Caddo Mills, TX(Zone 8a)

Is there anyone that does NOT want a brug? Trying to decide what to send. lol

Burleson, TX(Zone 8a)

I would like something other than a brug. I have several that I'm struggling with right now :( Y'all please feel free to look through my journal and see what I have. I love LOTS of tropicals.

Julie~ Take care of yourself now :)

(Karen) Frankston, TX(Zone 8a)

I would rather not have a brug, I am getting rid of mine as they are just too much Diva's...............

Leesburg, VA(Zone 7a)

They may be Divas.. but when they do this it's so worth it. This is my Maya right now.

Thumbnail by rvnsbrk
Seymour, IN(Zone 5b)

I can't get them to live over the winter indoors for some reason. I have tried them on my light stand but I guess the house is just too dry with electric heat.
So I'd rather not receive a brug. Lou

(Karen) Frankston, TX(Zone 8a)

rvnsbrk your Maya is gorgeous! I do applaud those of you with the patience to care for those lovelies

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