If you’re searching for the perfect floral gift that is long-lasting and low-maintenance, check out these easy houseplants. Each variety on this list is simple to care for and readily found at your local florist or garden center.
The asparagus fern is not a true fern, but has delicate frond-like leaves that are lacy and elegant. Asparagus ferns have been called “impossible to kill”. This is because dry, shriveled plants have been successfully revived with water and fresh air. To keep your asparagus fern happy in your house, mist it with water regularly, and keep it out of intense sunlight.
The peace lily is a houseplant that likes to have “wet feet”. It is unlikely that you can over-water the peace lily, but it can also recover nicely from severe under-watering. The peace lily produces white flame-shaped flowers when it receives sufficient water. This plant does not require direct sunlight and can brighten up any dim corner. The peace lily is a good choice for someone who doesn’t have a lot of natural light in their home.
Chinese money plants are endowed with a legend. They are said to bring good fortune and prosperity to the owner, especially when a coin is planted in the soil with the money plant. The leaves of this plant are coin-shaped, which may be where this belief originates. Chinese money plants are easily divided and owners are encouraged to “share the wealth” with their friends and families.
Air plants are fascinating plants that absorb their moisture and nutrients directly from the air. In nature they are found growing on trees, not in the soil. They are native to Central America and the surrounding regions, preferring a humid atmosphere. The consensus among experts is that air plants should be submerged in water about every two weeks, for a couple of hours. Air plants are a wonderful gift for someone who appreciates unique and unusual plants.
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Aloe is a succulent plant that is well-known for the healing properties of its leaves. The juice from the plump aloe leaves is famously helpful in treating burns, cuts, and scrapes. This is a wonderful gift for someone who may be a little accident-prone! These plants prefer indirect sunlight and a deep watering every three weeks. Cut back on watering to once a month during the winter.
Native to Africa, the flowering kalanchoe is another easy-to-care-for succulent. Flowers are usually bright shades of orange, red or pink. Kalanchoe love sunlight and can even develop a light red ring around the leaves in adequate sun. These cheerful flowers need water every couple of weeks, when the soil is dry to the touch two inches from the top. Kalanchoe are rugged yet beautiful and make a thoughtful gift for a busy friend.
These low-maintenance houseplants are thoughtful gifts that don’t require too much care. Whether you choose a flowering plant, a plant with a legend attached, or one that helps to heal, your gift recipient will appreciate your well wishes for years to come.