Christmas Plant Gifts Ideas

By
Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams ELITE Realty

Live plants as gifts are very much welcome to most homes. Christmas shopping can be a pain, so you might want to take a look around shops least-packed with people: the garden and plant nursery stores. Best of all, no need to worry wrapping them up.
 

The Plant
Select healthy foliage that can thrive indoors during winter like Christmas cactus, Amaryllis, Poinsettias, Birds of paradise, Aloe Vera, Bonsai Trees, Cyclamen (a primrose variety), Chinese Bamboo, Cactus, and Begonias. Herbs such as Parsley, Thyme, Basil and Rosemary can also be a gifted for the kitchen.

Usually, plants are either planted on plastic bags, cheap pots or fancy pots. You might want and some synthetic moss to cover the top soil. You might also need some few more garden soil, fertilizers and pebbles if the plant still needs repotting.  If you are too busy to repot, then buy plants on pots ready to gift away -which will cost higher than the cheap potted counterpart.

Repotting Containers
1. You can recycle cover containers such as wooden boxes, water cans, wicker baskets, porcelain and empty pots stored in the house. Select containers large enough to fit plant pot.

2. Punch holes at the bottom of the pot to drain off excess water.  

3. Add a layer of pebbles then place your pot inside the cover. No need to remove the plant from its original pot to avoid damaging a plant.

4. Simply finish the gift presentation with a Christmas-themed ribbon. Add the ribbon on any of the following ways below.  Only one thing is certain, the simpler, the better.
    • tie the strip around the container, meeting bow at the center, glue for support
    • tie the strip at the base of the plant, finish with a bow.
    • glue the bow on the one side of the container
    • weave ribbon strips into the ribs of the basket, then glue the bow at the center.


5. Tie a small note of card near the ribbon on you greetings, plus tips for the care of the plant.

Plant Care
Indoor winter plants are very easy to take care of, as long as you select a plant that is meant for indoor life.
1. Water them regularly.

2. Since most homes are heated for winter, spray some mist or wipe the leaves with a damp sponge once a week to avoid drying up and to remove dust.

3. Take them out for some light twice a week.

4. You only need to fertilize indoor plants once or twice a month, sometimes less. Use ones made for indoor plants and follow package instructions to make sure that the plant is not over-fertilized in the process.
Posted by

The Josh Bath Team

Keller Williams Elite Realty

604-468-0010

www.joshbath.com

Comments (5)

Kathy Toth
Ann Arbor Market Center Keller Williams - Ann Arbor, MI
Ann Arbor Real Estate Experts - Kathy Toth Team

This post just has the pretiest presentation.  Every single one of them looks like a welcom gift.  So festive.  Thank you for reminding me how nice it would be to give a live plant as a gift.  Happy Thanksgiving.

Nov 24, 2011 10:09 AM
David Burrows
Classic Realty - Fairfax, VA
No Pressure, Just Seriously Devoted to Real Estate

The pictures are wonderful and your helpful guidance is appreciated.

Nov 24, 2011 10:21 AM
Lori Gardiner
RE/MAX River's Edge - Bristol, RI
GRI, SRS, ABR, e-PRO

Great pics of the holiday plants!  Very festive....good idea too.

Happy holidays.

Nov 24, 2011 10:29 AM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Thank you for sharing detailed quality information on Christmas plant gifts ideas.

Nov 24, 2011 04:01 PM