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Fuchsia Saturday: Get Free Potting Soil at Fred Meyer in April 2024

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Gardeners, make a note on your springtime calendar for this freebie (as long as you live near a Fred Meyer store). A favorite April tradition comes back every year for one day only: Fred Meyer Fuchsia Saturday. The most recent event happened Saturday, April 15, 2023. And just like in years past, shoppers who made any plant purchase on that day got to take home free potting soil.

This freebie obviously draws heavy crowds, and soil supplies tend to run out early. So what time should you get there? And do you have to buy their fuchsia plants to get the deal? (Nope, you don’t!) We’ll get into all the deets right here so you know what to expect for Fuchsia Saturday 2024.

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The next Fred Meyer Fuchsia Saturday will likely happen on April 20, 2024.

A Fuchsia Saturday sign inside Fred Meyers

The Fuchsia Saturday planting event always takes place on a Saturday morning in April, rain or shine. In fact, they’ve hosted the springtime event just about every year since 1991.

Last year’s event kicked off at 7 a.m. on April 15, 2023, at all Fred Meyer locations with a garden center. Based on that pattern, we predict the next Fuchsia Saturday event may happen on Saturday, April 20, 2024.

Not familiar with Fred Meyer? They’re part of the Kroger family of brands, with 132 total Fred Meyer locations in four states (Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington).

TIP: The Home Depot Spring Sale is also in full swing during April, and we always cover their deals.

You get free potting soil with any plant purchase you make on Fuchsia Saturday.

Someone holding an iPad displaying the Fred Meyer Weekly ad about Fuchsia Saturday in front of some flowers and a pot

With the purchase of any plant (you’ll show your receipt as proof), Fred Meyer will supply you with free Black Gold Potting Soil. Yep, 100% free. But it’s not a free bag of soil you’re going to take home. Instead, you’ll bring your own pots or planters from home and they’ll fill them up for you on the spot.

I’ve confirmed with a Fred Meyer associate that each shopper can bring up to eight planters in total, and the planters or pots can measure up to 12 inches across (just no bigger). So that means you can get up to eight planters’ worth of soil for free!

TIP: The free soil deal is only good while supplies last, so you’ll want to get there bright and early. Stores often run out of soil by 9:30 a.m. due to high demand.

Why is it called Fuchsia Saturday?

Even though the event is named for the fuchsia plant — a perennial with brightly colored, tube-shaped blossoms — you don’t actually have to buy a fuchsia during the event to get your free soil. But they do sell fuchsia “starts” (aka baby plants) in a 3-inch pot for as low as $0.89 (with your reward card).

In 2021, the same size fuchsia plants went for $0.99, so the price was actually cheaper by $0.10 last year — score.

Related: Want more garden freebies? You can sign up for the Lowe’s Mother’s Day flower giveaway at the end of April.

Buy an $0.89 plant to get the most bang for your buck during Fred Meyer Fuchsia Saturday 2024.

A woman standing at a Kroger checkout next to a Kroger employee.

Since the free potting soil comes with proof of any plant purchase on Fuchsia Saturday, why spend more than you have to? Here’s the cheapest plant to buy that will unlock the free soil:

  • Fuchsia or Seed Geranium Starts in 3-inch pot, $0.89

Remember, you’ll need to use your Fred Meyer reward card to get the sale price. But that reward card will come in handy when you learn all the best ways to coupon at Fred Meyer.

If you want to go a little bigger, here are more Fred Meyer plant deals I found in the weekly ad in 2022 (prices were good through April 18):

  • Ivy Geranium, Sedum, or Succulent Starts in 3-inch pot, 2 for $3

  • Flowering Annual 6-pack, $3.99

  • Premium Annual in 4-inch pot, 2 for $8 (reg. $4.09 each)

  • Confetti Garden in 6-inch pot, $6.99

  • Fuchsia Hanging Basket or Premium Annual Hanging Basket in 12-inch pot, $29.99

TIP: Fuchsia plants do well in hanging baskets and can also attract hummingbirds.

Bring eight of your own planters to fill and you’ll get $19 worth of free soil!

A person putting soil into a planter

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To really maximize this freebie, bring eight of your own pots or planters from home (that’s the limit they allow). And also make sure all your pots are 12 inches in diameter (again, we’re taking things to the max here).

Filling up all eight of your 12-inch pots would take about 75.5 liters of soil, based on my calculations with this handy Bonnie Plants soil estimator.

Since each bag of Black Gold Potting Soil ($13.99 sale price) cost $0.25/liter at Fred Meyer during the sale week in 2022, that means you got $18.66 worth of potting soil for free!

TIP: Ask if they can fill your pots or planters all the way to the top, as the soil will settle a little over time. Some locations may even offer to do the planting for you if staffing allows.

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