Happy Earth Day! We profiled some awesome planet-loving T-shirts for the 50th anniversary of this wonderful day. But the best way to support the Earth is, of course, to care for it. You can encourage that in others with plant gifts.
Not only are plants beautiful, there are numerous benefits to having plants in a home. According to Healthline, plants in the home help:
- purify the air by removing dangerous compounds from fuels, furnishings and clothing
- people feel less sick by increasing the air humidity and reducing dust
- boost your mood, because the caring of plants lowers stress, anxiety and depression
- you think better and be smarter, because just looking at plants keeps our senses and brain active.
Some people might be intimidated by growing plants, thinking you have to know a lot about gardening and have a green thumb to keep a plant alive. But for a lot of plants, that’s not true. Some are also pretty low maintenance, while still giving all these benefits. You can find plants at your local nursery, but if you want more choice, you can shop mail-order. I bought some bamboo last year through Amazon that were packaged really well and are now growing nicely in our garden.
So, give your family and friends stress-relieving, air purifying, pretty plant gifts that they’ll love for a long time.
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Succulents are perhaps the easiest plants to keep alive. They don’t need a lot of watering. Just give them some good draining soil and a patch of sun and they’re good to go. Check out these tips from A Cultivated Nest.They’re also small enough to fit on a windowsill, and come in adorable shapes and sizes, as well as lots of lovely colors. Fat Plants San Diego has great reviews for their succulents, and they’ve got a great selection for all kinds of tastes. I love the look of the Echeveria in the picture, but they also have fun Donkey Tails, String of Pearls, and even a gorgeous living wreath.
The Sanseveria, or Snake Plant, is often called impossible to kill because it’ll survive on little water and even little light. The plant is hardy and tough, but also beautiful. One of the best things about Snake Plants are that they grow fast and grow new plants that you could put into separate pots. Give a friend one Snake Plant, and soon they could have them all around their house.
Ferns give me a very nostalgic feel. When I was growing up, my mother had loads around our house, usually in pots in macrome hangers. This Bird’s Nest Fern has bright, beautiful green fronds and is named after the way the center of the plant looks like a bird’s nest. It makes a hardy houseplant because it grows in medium to low light. It’s also non-poisonous, so safe around dogs, cats and kids.
Ahh, Mr. Miyagi would be so proud of this gift. Any fan of the Karate Kid movies already know how wonderful bonsai trees are, but even if they’ve never seen Daniel Son doing a crane kick, they’ll love the idea of having these miniature trees in their home. Of all the plants on this list, bonsai trees probably need the most care, but as you saw in Benefit #3 above, caring for plants is part of their pleasure. Bonsai trees need regular pruning to maintain their shape and give them a new shape. They need careful watering, making sure they’re not over watered. And fertilizer is always a good idea. According to feng shui, bonsai trees are good luck, and who couldn’t use more of that in their lives?
The Tri-Color Stromanthe is another beautiful plant and gives a lot of character to a room. The tops of the leaves are green and white, and the bottoms are reddish pink. So cool! The plant is a relative of the prayer plant and its leaves fold up at night as though its praying. They like bright light but not direct sun, which makes them great house plant gifts.
It would be wonderful if the Money Tree actually grew money. Sadly, it doesn’t. But it still makes a wonderful house plant that easy to care for. Place it near a sunny window, but not in direct sunlight, and water it weekly, then this plant will thrive. When shipped, this plant from Costa Farms is around 16 inches tall and potted in a 6-inch ceramic planter. You can even add a personalized gift message. While Money Trees don’t grow money, they are believed to bring prosperity and good luck to their owners, so that’ll be benefit #5.
These adorable little plants are hardy Bromeliads from Central and South America. Air plants don’t need soil and are easy to take care of. According to The Air Plant Shop, you just need to soak them in water for 20 minutes once a week and keep them in indirect by bright light. An instruction card is shipped with every order. The plants themselves are 1 inch to 3 inches, and you can get creative with how you display them. Most of the time, they’re green, but two to three times a year they bloom into other pretty colors. So fun!
Do you have any of these in your house? Which ones do you want to get or give? Let us know in the comments.