An old adage said often when giving a gift, states, “It’s the thought that counts”.

This Valentine’s Day, bin the flowers and go with a gift that counts by not only thinking eco-friendly, but offering a gift that is long lasting with minimal upkeep – a living plant. This could symbolise a long relationship, as well as a living plant, representing a “life” together.

 

Besides gifting the physical plant, ensure you attach a little letter with information explaining why you have chosen it and what it means to you, to add a romantic effect.

 

Some common types of plants to gift include the Red Aglaonema, the Anthurium and Succulents, amongst others.

 

Red all about it: The Red Aglaonema

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The Red Aglaonema, with its hue of red tinged leaves, provides not only a colourful sight, but it lasts a very long time and is said to be the easiest houseplant. This little beauty is able to grow in low light areas as well as bright rooms and only need watering ever so often, preferably when the potting soil is dry to the touch.

 

From the heart:  Anthurium

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Also known as the flamingo flower, Anthurium is not only bright but it also possesses heart shaped leaves, and has a long life indoors if kept in brighter, humid-rich rooms.

 

Succulent Succulents

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What has fast become a flower of trend – used for coffee table centrepieces, wedding gifts etc, the Succulent is relatively easy to care for if kept in a bright room, and if watered every two weeks – this is dependent on the condition of the soil. It must not be too wet.

 

According to the Granny Mouse Country House & Spa team in the KZN Midlands, who have not only grown these plants themselves, but have likewise seen them been given as wedding gifts on a few occasions, it is best to follow a few simple watering rules to keep your “love” alive. Avoid too much water, and water the same day every week and prune your little plant by removing yellow or dead leaves. With the plant being indoors, it is also likely that it may gather dust if not cleaned. So when watering, pour water over the plant as well.

 

Another unique gifting idea is to put seeds of a flower into an envelope enclosed with a letter about the seeds and their symbolism. Seeds symbolise life and growth. Once growing, the seeds could produce flowers which will bloom, which may be a representation of one’s relationship blooming.

 

This year, make Valentine’s Day one of life and love and give the gift of a potted plant or package of seed with the potential of growth.

Research credit: http://www.costafarms.com and http://www.plantandflowerinfo.com/watering

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