Tuesday, November 3, 2015

CHINESE MAHONIA PLANTS

Someone in our neighborhood posted that they were redoing their landscaping and were removing some bushes.  They were putting them on the curb for whoever wanted them.  

FREE PLANTS?  I'm in!

They are called Chinese Mahonia.  I don't know much about them but I'll do my Googling.  They have grown here in the neighborhood just fine, apparently OK with heat and are fairly drought tolerant.  












They are evergreen and produce these small yellow flowers that are loved by bees, that's a good thing.  From what I've read so far, they eventually make small edible fruit, though I'm going to have to really research that.  







Though there are three in the picture above, I ended up getting seven of them.  I have put them, temporarily, in clay pots at the farm.  2nd Family will water them during the week if they look like they need it.  Then as soon as the weather cooperates, I'll get them in the ground.

Free is a good thing!


18 comments:

Practical Parsimony said...

Free IS a good thing.

Texas Rose said...

It was really nice of the neighbor to “recycle” his plants - they get a new home and someone (you!) gets free plants.

I have heard of the Chinese Mahonia, but have not grown it. From what I read, these plants are easy-care and moderately drought tolerant. Looks like you found another great bargain!
http://blog.chron.com/houstongrows/2011/03/soft-caress-a-softer-gentler-mahonia/

Texan said...

I am pretty sure that is the same shrub my friend from down there gave me, it was on her place when they moved in. She didn't know what it was but it was very easy to care for she told me. I brought it home and stuck it in my garden. You can't kill it. I don't water it, I don't feed it. It just lives. Even if its super dry and you don't water it it just jumps back to life when it rains. I keep it cut back because it gets big... the branches I cut off it laid on the ground one year and many weeks later it had buds on those branches! Like it was alive and in the ground but it was just branches on the ground. I picked them up and stuck them in pots of dirt since they were budding... they rooted!!!!!! I am not sure its the same plant but it sure looks very much like it... Either way .. free plants.. Score!!!

Elephant's Child said...

Free plants are better than good. Free plants are excellent.

Anne in the kitchen said...

Free plants are the best thing.Well not really. Getting someone else to plant free plants is the best thing. But free plants you have to plant yourself runs a pretty close second.

Midnite Baker said...

Yes, free is a good thing. As Martha Stewart would say. Have a Great Day. M

NotThatKindOfFarmer said...

Very interesting article, and very good deal you got their.
Take as much as possible free plants.!!
You'r doing good job.
Thanks for sharing this.

Sandy said...

1st Man,

Free plants is a real good thing. The only cost is a little time and effort to replant them and you've got yourself a jewel.

Monsoon Matriarch said...

I have several mahonia aquifolium and really like them. They provide a nice screen and add a lot of winter and spring color in the landscape. The birds love the berries. Although the berries don't taste good to humans, they do make pretty good jellies. It tastes surprisingly similar to concord grape jelly. Hope your variety is also a nice addition to your garden.

1st Man said...

Isn't it? :-)

1st Man said...

Thanks for the info, love the link. We'll see how they do 'out in the country'. ha. Plant recycling, I like that!

1st Man said...

Awesome!! I love that "it just lives". I'll have to pick a good spot for them. And yes, free plants, definitely always a score!!

1st Man said...

MOST excellent!!! :-)

1st Man said...

LOL I like the way you think, yep, if only someone else to plant them for me, ha. Someone who like 'rainy weekends', haha!

1st Man said...

it's definitely "a good thing". ;-)

1st Man said...

Thank you much, for the kind words.

1st Man said...

Good way to think about it, time and a bit of sweat is the only real "cost". :)

1st Man said...

Really? Wow, thanks for that first hand info. Thanks and I'll do some research and find the right spot for them. Awesome info!!!