Tips and practices
- Make sure that the plant you take or use is actually the guerilla plant and not someone elses property. Especially without fruits or flowers plants can be difficult to recognise in a lush planted spot. Only take small cuttings or seeds from large plants if you are not sure.
- Guerilla gardeners are often very dedicated to their hobby and spend a lot of time on it. If you use their gardens for plant swapping, add plants that match the setting and style, and try to do some maintenance if possible. It will be really appreciated!
- Change the status of plants you found in another condition as described (disappeared, damaged,...) and also mark it as 'swapped for other plant' if you took the whole plant with you. Writing down the ID numbers before heading out will make it easier to look them up on Floraswapper afterwards.
- Only take a full plant with you if you have one to replace it in return. Add cuttings from yourself for each cutting you take whenever possible and don't forget to add them online. Floraswapper is programmed in such a way that it will detect other plants on the same spot using the GPS coordinates you enter.
- Respect the environment while taking or leaving plants! Do not leave them in protected reserves and make sure that there's no risk that the plant will take over the native vegetation. If you want to trade invasive exotic plants, stick to species that cannot survive all seasons in your country like tropical plants in an cold region during summer, waterplants in a dry climate during the rainy season,...
- Avoid dangerous places and keep risks for other users at a minimum. Use the description field to notice other users about eventual risks near the plant spot such as traffic, obstacles, slippery paths,...
- Succulents with small leaves like Crassula's are great plants for starters. They are easy to set out as leaf cutting in busy places like city centers and require little maintenance and watering.
- No GPS or GPS enabled device? Open Google maps (click on maps in the black bar in google.com) - zoom in to the plant spot - rightclick on the spot - select the first option in the menu that shows (exact text depends on your language version) - coordinates are displayed on left side. You may need to try a few times as it tends to display only the streetname sometimes.
- Since we make use of new or existing guerilla gardens you may want to search websites and fora about Guerilla Gardening for in depth information, and specific issues or challenges. You can introduce guerilla gardeners to Floraswappers plant exchange system to attract more people to your own plantspots and making friends.
- By registering to Floraswapper you can make use of our free banner builder to get your own guerilla gardens or plants noticed through ads. They can be purchased with credits which you earn simply by logging in daily.
- Consider combining guerilla gardening with geocaching. In this exciting game participants use their GPS devices to seek and hide containers called "caches" anywhere in the world. Use the official website geocaching.com to search caches near the guerilla garden so you can continue with geocaching or vice versa in case you failed on your first target.
- Smartphone or tablet owners will find the app c:geo very useful to track plants with gps coordinates. Most functions are built for geocaching but you can search any GPS location without being logged in to their website.
- It might be interesting to have or create guerilla gardens near geocaches or vice versa. Geocachers are often adventurers who love the outdoors and nature so the step from geocaching to guerilla gardening and plant trading is smaller than you might think. Keep in mind that it is not done to leave organic objects in geocaches, which ofcourse also counts for seed packets and plant cuttings. Respect also their other rules and habbits.