So I had to run out today to pick up “a few things” from Lowes. As often happens a few things turned into many things and the departure of a C-note and then some worth of my federal reserve notes, but no buyers remorse this time.
I picked up some over priced perennial herbs and some English Ivy (because Dorothy likes it) and my “few things”. On a hunch I checked the back of the garden center. As expected a good size clump of abused fruit trees remained from spring stock.
Half were dead or dying or in really bad shape. Some were very common peach and pear varieties but all were on sale for 10 dollars a tree! These are 20-35 dollar trees. So I began digging, if it was dead I pulled it out, set it to the side and kept looking, I found four winners in really nice shape that are some cool varities.
- A Red Chief Nectarine
- A Sure Crop Nectarine
- A Methley Plum – (this is a really great tree, awesome variety of plum)
- A Spring Satin Plumcot – (this is a plum apricot hybrid, they are pretty expensive)
There were about 40 trees in the clump, again half or more were dead, dried out or dying. A ton were really poorly shaped, crooked, etc. and many were just very common peach and pears but these four are big time winners at 10 bucks a pop.
In my years of scrounging deals on plants and trees at box stores here is what I have learned.
- Once the peak of the season for something passes it gets abused and ignored and watered only when lucky. Stuff starts to decline fast!
- Once the decline starts the mark downs come, they get 50% or more marked off.
- Once it is marked down it only gets watered if the water guy drops the hose in it by accident, no one cares at that point.
- From that point stuff starts dying, you get 4-5 days before it is all dead.
- Most of these box stores run similar inventory management, they all tend to do this about the same time, within a few weeks of each other.
- Once it starts hit the stores up FAST. If you wait till the weekend others grab the good stuff, or it is dead by then. The trees I got today are in good shape, likely if they made it on the floor till Saturday they would be dead or seriously damaged.
I may go out tomorrow and check the other Lowes a few miles away and a Home Depot down that way too. If you drive by one of these on the way home it MIGHT be worth a quick stop by to check. Again might, no promises just a heads up that it is that time of year again.