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People love to receive a flourishing plant as a gift. I've even given cuttings of bamboo to those who don't have classrooms with a natural light source.
Since we live in a condo, our gardening is limited to potted plants. When I get a new plant, I always make at least 2, sometimes 3, pots out of it. I divide them and re-pot them with new soil. I always save old pots in my storage closet, so I don't have to spend money on new pots each time.
I love red begonias and I bought one a few weeks back which I was able to divide into 3 plants. All are flourishing, and you can't tell which pot had the original in it. This saves money and also keeps plants from becoming root bound so quickly.
By Marty Dick from Houston, TX
A few years ago while shopping in the grocery store, I passed by the florist area, and there was a bedraggled rose in a two inch pot for fifty-nine cents. I am no gardener, but I bought it anyway. I have since bought more roses, and I have been successful with two of them.
I live in an apartment on the ground floor and it is so nice to look out the window and see my "bargain" yellow roses. My thrifty tip is that you can try to grow a cheap potted plant, and you may find one for fifty-nine cents. By the way, I was pretty neglectful to my poor roses and still they grew beautifully for me.
By HEATHER KNEEAND from Boston, MA