Thinking about gifting a houseplant to your hostess, friend, or family member this holiday season? We LOVE that idea. First, there are a few important things to consider, like what kind of space is the recipient working with? Do they have animals and children to be wary of? What kind of light does their place get? Now the fun part begins! What color, style, shape, size do you think they would like? To help, we’ve put together a range of stunning houseplants from easy to expert care.
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You’ll see some directions indicating ‘bright indirect sunlight’, which can be confusing. It just means the plant won’t survive directly in a window, but instead loves being placed in view of a window, perhaps behind the some other plants or a sheer curtain.
If you decide to order a plant online, consider doing so a few weeks before gifting so it has a chance to bounce back from travel. Some leaves may fall off or brown, and this is totally normal. Most companies will send a little care sheet on what to look for.
As for decorating, a simple ribbon around the pot is beautiful. We’d recommend steering away from wrapping the plant or putting it in a bag. Both have the potential to break stems or harm blooms. A safe option is placing the pot in a shallow box with colorful tissue paper surrounding only the base for stability when transporting. We’ve also seen bows attached to wooden stakes and pushed into the soil for a little flair (just be sure not to damage roots). Other options include adding a gemstone or silly figurine to the soil. But of course, the plant is the main show!