With the festive season fast approaching, it’s time to start planning your gifts. If there’s one positive to come from 2020, it’s that people have discovered an array of new hobbies. Gardening has soared in popularity this year, so if you want to treat a green-thumbed friend, here’s what to look out for.
Any houseplant aficionado will tell you that there’s no such thing as having too many plant pots. As a result, terracotta or glazed ceramic ornamental pots make the best gift. Look for pots with unique shapes and designs, and avoid plastic models, which can promote root rot and soil fungus, unlike ceramic and terracotta. It’s the kind of gift that will brighten up their day, as well as their home.
If your green-thumbed friend has lots of exotic plants in their home, then you can be sure that a humidifier will be a highly welcomed gift. Most tropical plants require a humidity level of at least 60%, which is difficult to achieve in a home in winter, when you have the heating on. And while you’re at it, you can include a moisture probe as well.
Another great gift idea for plant lovers, especially with winter approaching. With less available natural light, houseplants will struggle during the colder, darker months, so grow lights can be a real lifesaver. Depending on how many plants your friend has, you can either go for singular lamps, or go all out on a string of grow lights, which also have a touch of ornamental value. Don’t forget to add a spare bulb or two in the mix as well, it will be greatly appreciated later on.
Rare Seed Mixes
Seed mixes can make an exciting gift for those who have a garden, or are passionate about growing their own herbs and vegetables. You can spice things up a bit by going for unique seed mixes, such as rainbow carrot seeds, or even native wildflower seeds. Or, if you know a seasoned gardener who won’t shy away from a challenge, you can even go for something truly exotic, such as orchid or even cacti seeds.
Many houseplant lovers enjoy propagating their exotic collection, especially if they have rare plants that are difficult to come by. A propagation station will be a stylish alternative to just having a few cups and jars on the windowsill, and there are plenty of unique models available online. Or, if you have a bit of a DIY streak and a knack for woodworking, you can make one yourself using spare empty jars.
This may seem like an odd choice at first, but if you have friends who have climbing plants in their home, you can be sure that it will be highly appreciated. Several houseplants grow better on moss poles rather than trellises, such as philodendrons and Monstera species.
Macramé Plant Hanger
One of the challenges of being an avid plant lover is finding space for all of them. This is where plant hangers come into play. Unlike brackets or plastic versions, macrame plant hangers not only look better, but are also easy to fold up and store if you’re moving, or no longer need them. The best part about them is that they’re excellent if you’re looking for a personalized gift, and with so many patterns available online, making one yourself is easy-peasy.
A must-have for both indoor and outdoor gardeners, a sturdy pair of gloves is more than just an accessory. They will come in handy — quite literally — whether you need to sow seeds, repot plants, weed out your garden bed, prune and trim, or even just handle houseplants that can cause skin irritations, such as Dieffenbachia and Alocasia. When buying gardening gloves as a gift, consider keeping the receipt in case the size doesn’t fit and your friends might need to swap them.
A flourishing garden is its own reward, but few things are as exciting as having wild birds pay you a visit — especially hummingbirds. One surefire way to attract them is to install a hummingbird feeder. They come in a wide selection of shapes and colors, but because hummingbirds are attracted to red, orange and purple, these colors will work best for attracting them. All your friend has to do is keep it topped up, and the hummingbirds will return to their garden year after year.
Exotic plant patterns have been back in style for several years, and it looks like they’re here to stay. And few are as eye-catching as Monstera leaves. From phone cases to jewelry and even just coffee mugs, if you can think of it, you can be sure you’ll find it in a Monstera pattern.