How many times have you been offered cuttings or plants from a friend’s collection or garden, and had nothing to cut with and nothing to put the plants in?
After doing it wrong many times, I now take a plant collecting kit with me at all times.
I take it whenever I go to a friend’s house, or on a garden tour or plant exploration especially if I know they have a coveted plant collection.
I go prepared to take cuttings, dig up specimens, or divisions if offered. Whatever happens, I have it covered.
This kit is kept in a place where I'll remember to grab it on the way out the door - which is hardly ever planned.
I carry all this in a tool kit or twig handled trug like this one, ready at a moments notice. Make sure they're clean and sharp before you put them away.
If you have room, keep a kit like this in your vehicle.
Be prepared to hurry right home; don’t leave your precious plant collection sitting in a hot vehicle for even a few minutes unless you carry a Styrofoam cooler with a cold pack.
Most plants are very forgiving of some abuse, but the faster you deal with them and get them watered in, the better they’ll grow.
I’ve had some great plants offered to me over the years, and the best success I’ve had was when they were packaged right away and taken home. Make time to deal with them, or keep them in a cool place until you can.