A gardener in HCM City's Hiep Binh Chanh commune nurses ochna blossom for Tet holiday. Renting the flowers is a service that helps local gardeners make a good living (Source:VNA/VNS)
HCM City (VNA)— Ochna blossom gardeners in Ho Chi Minh City say they can make a good living from renting the flowers when the Tet (Lunar New Year) festival is drawing near.

In the recent years, renting ochna blossoms, which are a symbol of Tet in southern Vietnam, for displays has flourished among local residents as they prefer renting trees to spending a huge amount of money on buying them.

An ochna blossom gardener in Thu Duc district told Nong Thon Ngay Nay (Countryside Today) newspaper that the common rental service for two weeks varied from 3 million VND (133 USD) to 5 million VND (222 USD).

Many gardeners could earn tens of millions of dong, even hundreds of millions of dong from the service.

Enterprises have also collected ochna blossoms from gardeners to sell them and offer rental service.

Lam Van Duc, Director of Binh Loi Ltd Co, said that his company collected over 200 ochna trees from gardeners of Binh Chanh district's Binh Loi ochna blossom village for rent. Many of them have been ordered.

The rental rate is reasonable, from 2 million USD to 3 million VND per pot, he said.

Duc said that hiring ochna blossoms becomes trendy as the rental price is only 40 to 50 percent compared to the selling price while flower quality is ensured. Customers do not have to worry about caring for the trees.

His company also covers services such as shipping trees for free or consulting customers with how to take care of blossoms to make sure they will bloom the brightest at Tet.-VNA