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.
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.
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.
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.