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Sedgwick County Zoo takes many unwanted potted plants

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012, at 8:04 p.m.

Do your potted plants need a new home?

The Sedgwick County Zoo might be the answer.

The zoo will accept tropical and perennial plants in containers 12 inches or larger on Saturday and Sunday in the zoo’s administration parking lot. The hours for the drop-off are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days.

Although ferns, selloums and ficus seem to be the most common plants typically donated each fall, zoo officials indicated in a news release that they may not be able to use all of those types of plants. They will accept the plants until their greenhouses are full.

People are asked not to bring annual plants, such as petunias, impatiens, marigolds, pansies or coleus. Cactus and succulent-type plants will be accepted on a case-by-case basis.

If plants are too large to drop off, call Pete Logsdon, tropical horticulturist at the zoo, at 316-266-8313 to schedule a pick-up.

Each year, the zoo uses donated plants in several locations across its property to enhance the experiences of animals and visitors. Plants are often placed in the jungle, the Downing Gorilla Forest and the Koch Orangutan and Chimpanzee Habitat. The large ficus and hibiscus trees are used in the zoo’s holding barn for perching birds. Others are divided and grown to multiply into more plants.

Reach Beccy Tanner at 316-268-6336 or btanner@wichitaeagle.com.

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