When buying a potted plant at one of the big box stores, check to see how many plants are actually in the pot! To make a potted plant look fuller, they often will plant three close together. It's up to you to split them up, plant them a few feet apart, and VOILA: three plants for the price of one. I find this true for Crotons, Hibiscus, Cordyline, and others.
plantladylin said:For many years now, every single plant I bring home gets removed from it's original container and then I use the garden hose to wash off all the soil from the roots, divide and re-pot in my own potting medium. If there are two, three or four plants with roots heavily entangled, I disentangle the roots and divide the plants into individual containers. I guess I should be honest though ... sometimes I'm not so gentle at untangling roots.
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