How to Pick the Perfect Houseplant Gifts
Use these tips to select the best houseplants as gifts.
For Someone Who Isn’t Good with Plants
Some plants are tougher than others. In general, snake plant, zeezee plant (shown here), ponytail palm, sago palm, Chinese evergreen, pothos, and philodendron are the easiest to care for. They can go without water longer than many other plants and most do just fine even in really low light situations.
For Someone Who’s Modern and Trendy
Snake plant (shown here), with its narrow, upright leaves looks perfectly at home with sleek, modern design. Many succulents such as chalky sticks senecio, haworthia, and the various types of echeverias (especially the silvery-gray varieties) fit in contemporary design, as well.
For Someone Who Likes Touchable Plants
There are houseplants that are as fun to feel as they are to look at. Purple passion plant, for example, is covered in soft, electric purple hairs that make the plant feel like velvet. Panda plant (Kalanchoe tomentosa, shown here) is another that has soft fur. Cardboard palm is intriguing, too, because of its thick interesting texture.
For Someone Who Likes Flowers
While many of the blooming plants we see at the florist shop aren’t long-lived houseplants, there are some you can count on. African violet is an old classic; bearing flowers in just about every color of the rainbow, it blooms year-round if it gets enough light. Desert rose (shown here) is a succulent that looks like a bonsai but has big, trumpet-shaped flowers in red, pink, and white. Of course, there are also orchids, which stay in for months, take a rest, and then bloom again. Get our free Orchids Are Easy Idea Book!
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