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Great Holiday Gift Plant Ideas!

Great Holiday Gift Plant Ideas!

Christmas trees and holly make everything so jolly, and so do orchids, cyclamen, petite pine trees, Christmas cactus, poinsettias, and more! Although not all of them are named in the traditional Christmas songs, these holiday plants are in almost every grocery store this time of year. Plants are make a great grab-n-go gift, suitable for everyone.

Christmas Plant Collection Ideas
If you’re planning on giving plants as gift, or having them displayed in your home, you’ll love these simple and festive plant-trio “Christmas collection” ideas.

Use three of the same kind of any Christmas plant. Choose a decorative, leak proof container, or line a container with plastic. Grouping more than one of the same plants makes a beautiful focal point. Use moss, bows, or small ornaments to top them. Use wadded newspaper to tighten up the space between pots and allow the top dressing to sit at pot level. Here are some examples:

• Poinsettias in a slated green wooden box with grey moss on top.

• Orchids in a white tray with green felt bow or filled with small single-color ornament.

• Small Pine Trees in ceramic or can Snowman hats, Santa boots, or red stockings, placed together in a row.

• Cyclamen in a silver mirrored bowl topped with small silver bells and shiny ornaments.

• Christmas cacti in large red wooden bowl set atop a pedestal.

Plant Care Tips
If you’re lucky enough to receive a holiday plant as a gift, follow these plant care tips and keep them healthy all year long. Or consider printing out these helpful plant care tips on festive card stock for family and friends.

• Christmas plants are delivered to the stores straight from the greenhouse without much transition time. The pretty foil and bows that decorate most gift plants help to make the unit water tight and ensures that the plant’s root ball stays intact during shipment; but can also set the stage for rot, due to lack of air movement. Potted plants need to breathe since their roots are contained geographically. For appearance, consider removing the foil and placing them in a nice decorative container.

• If you want to keep them alive through the holidays and beyond, they need to live in a draft free zone. Arrange them decoratively, yet as close to light as possible with warm natural or the brightest artificial light.

• Allow the plant to dry back, but not so much that the soil shrinks from the side of the pot.

• These are tropical plants that will start shutting down for the winter when removed from their ideal greenhouse conditions.

• As a general rule, their potting soil contains slow release fertilizer. If you fertilize them while they’re acclimating to their new holiday home, it will overwhelm their need to shut down, causing fertilizer spots and other unsightly conditions. Fertilize in the spring and summer only, unless you have a tropical condition, like a terrarium.

• Orchids need less water than other tropical plants, since they do not have a true root system. Water them only a few tablespoons per week. If the leaves start to look shrunken, increase water one tablespoon at a time.

1 comment

1 Lerato { 02.16.12 at 3:26 pm }

Thanks for the tour! I’ve heard of Richters thugroh my herb research, but have never visited or purchased from them. And scented geraniums they’re the best! Can’t get enough of them.

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