We are always looking for opportunities to expand our orchard. We’ve got a few resources to share in helping you save money!
Here’s our top 5 best places to find cheap fruit trees:
5) Your local newspaper classified ads – Print newspaper is dying but people still use the classified ads. This is an easy way to find those with established nurseries and plants to move.
4) Nextdoor.com – Nextdoor.com is a social media site for neighbor. You can post a wanted ad for trees or you can check their classifieds section and see what you can find.
3) Local Garden Clubs – Garden clubs hosting frequent plant sales. A lot of the time they are cheaper and your contribution is tax-deductible which is a win – win.
2) Freecycle – This one is a long shot but when you find the right deal you’ll hit it big and for FREE!
And our number one BEST CHOICE for cheap fruit trees is Craigslist.org!
Ironically, we’ve had found Craigslist.org to be an incredible source for finding affordable one or year old fruit trees. There’s a lot of moving sale ads and that’s the number one reason people sell potted fruit trees. These trees are usually listed for $10-20 a piece which is half of nursery or store-bought prices. Plus these are usually much older and better established than the new store-bought fruit trees. So if you’re looking for your own trees, Craigslist is the best.
We purchased 9 fruit trees on Craigslist for $120! (See top image) That’s only $13.30 per tree! This included one olive, one pomegranate, one orange tree, two tangerine, one lemon, one apple, one mandarin tree and one thorn less blackberry bush. With the fresh fruit these beauties have already produced for us, they’ve already paid for themselves! Now that’s awesome and sustainable!
We will be selling some of the produce from them this year and save the profits for the next batch of cheap fruit trees! Invest and reinvest. Repeat!