Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Do House Plants Make Good Gifts Reviewed

 


I love to give Houseplants as gifts. I find they are a personal and living gift that shows you have given some thought to the person you are giving them to. 

There are many occasions that are suitable for giving a houseplant. They are perfect for a housewarming gift, Birthdays, anniversaries and to mark special occasions and are very memorable.

They also last a lot longer than cut flowers, lovely as they are if you wish to give them as a Thankyou or get well gift. 

Houseplants do so much to clean and purify the air and beautify our homes. Whether it is a fern-like plant, a flowering plant, a cactus type, one with an interesting or unusual habit or form or a beautiful leaf shape, it will be a gorgeous gift for any style of home.

You do not need to know the person's decor and the houseplant will be suitable however they change the decor over the years. House plants are very popular, even trendy now, so for people of all ages, your thoughtful gift will be well received. 





What To Bear In Mind When Giving A Houseplant As A Gift.

There are just a few things to bear in mind when giving an indoor plant as a gift.

  • They are living plants and do need to be treated with care. 
  • If you know the person is good with indoor plants but it's a new plant to them please include a short note to let them know how to look after it along with its common and Latin name. That way if they want to learn more they can. 
  • If it's a person who knows little about houseplants then a brief sheet of care instructions will be helpful.
  • When giving a houseplant it is also always useful to provide a pot to put the houseplant in and if they are very new to indoor gardening a small watering can and a bottle of houseplant feed is always appreciated to get them started. 
  • You do need to be aware if the person you are giving the gift to has young children or pets as you need to be careful the houseplant you choose is not toxic to them. 
  • If you know the person has allergies it is best to avoid flowering plants or those with strongly scented flowers, to be on the safe side.  
  • Avoid very spiky plants where there are young children or pets to avoid any accidents. 



Things To Bear In Mind For the Plants 

  • If you know the house the person is living in try to buy a plant that will suit the conditions.
  • So if it is a shady basement flat choose a shade loving plant rather than one that needs sunlight. 
  • If their main room faces south and gets sunshine all day long avoid ferns and other shade loving plants.  
  • Purchase a plant for them that will not outgrow the available space. A big plant can look amazing in a small room but not if in a couple of years they will be struggling to get through the door because of it or the plant is squashed in a corner.
  • I do tend to avoid buying houseplants as gifts in the depths of winter just due to the transportation of them from shop to car or delivery to my home and then onto the person I am giving the gift to when it is freezing cold is not really great for the health of a plant that likes to be warm. 
  • My other caveat is that if you know the person is short on time and has a hectic life or that they will not be able to devote much energy to looking after a plant choose a very easy care one like a spider plant or mother in laws tongue or an easy care cactus type.   

 



 Examples of Easy Care House Plants

Always give a learner an easy-care houseplant, even one that can take some inconsistencies, neglect, or be easily revived. 

Likewise, if you are gifting to a busy family or someone with a hectic lifestyle or who travels away a lot easy care forgiving houseplants are best.  


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 Examples Of More Advanced Care House Plants  

These beautiful and amazing plants look great but do need a little more knowledge and care.

They do however make beautiful gifts for anyone who would be willing to learn or who loves houseplants already. 

As a child, I remember being given a living stone plant that I knew nothing about and was completely fascinated by and I learned to care for it. 


 

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 Useful Care Of House Plant Reviews

Here are a few articles that are useful to anyone looking after houseplants.   

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I have house plants that were given to me many years ago and they are so treasured and always remind me of the person who gave them to me. 

I think given the caveats above that houseplants can be a beautiful, thoughtful gift for many special occasions and there is a gorgeous houseplant for most people and situations. 




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5 comments:

  1. I agree that houseplants make lovely and thoughtful gifts, Raintree Annie. And your gardening articles have been extremely helpful in the selection, care and feeding of houseplants. Much appreciated.

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  2. I do think houseplants are lovely gifts, but you were wise to advise all to consider the individual and if they have the time, or inclination to care for houseplants. I love outdoor plants, but have never been particularly good with indoor plants. Still, I have a house full of indoor plants that tolerate me. You were also right about giving identity and care information to the recipient. We received a lovely collection of indoor plants for Christmas this year and I had to look them up online (by looking at pictures) to figure out what they are. The only one I recognized was a Christmas cactus. Poor thing! They are beautiful, but I have never been able to keep one alive for long.

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  3. I lack the green thumb that my sister has, but she has given me several houseplants as gifts over the years. Even those that ultimately didn’t survive my benign neglect or overwatering were appreciated while they lasted. And the ones that have survived have given my husband and me years of pleasure.

    Thanks so much for encouraging plant givers to consider each recipient’s growing conditions (light and temperature) as well as their experience and aptitude for houseplant care and their ability to care for them ( consistently (e.g., frequent travel). I also appreciate your recommendation to include detailed care instructions as well as the plant’s English and Latin names.

    I appreciate your sharing your extensive knowledge and experience in your excellent articles about plants and plant care!

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  4. Houseplants are wonderful gifts for so many different occasions! For years I would be invited to a wedding and I would "steal" a little piece of ivy out of the bride's bouquet and root it and then present it to them when they were settled into their new home. It was a gift that always brought a smile and more than one tear to the eyes of the couple. It's a very easy way to give them a gift that really means a lot to them and it's so personal too! Great ideas here for helping people become better at keeping and growing a lovely plant!

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  5. Excellent tips here. I agree it's essential to know the individual and their home before deciding whether a plant will survive or even be welcomed. Some people I know can't deal with or handle plants and are intimidated by them. When I was young I would get a plant and without realizing I should know a bit about it, end up killing it. As I got older I learned a lot more - and today I have plants that have lasted over 30 years. Oh, I love to get and give plants as gifts, absolutely. One of my joys is seeing how long I can get a plant to live.

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