Live Plant Gifts

A non-gardener who receives a live plant as a gift may have absolutely no idea how to care for it. If you plan to give a live plant as a gift, then consider including some basic information about how to care for it. Non-gardeners in particular will likely need and appreciate some good advice. Read on for ideas for live plant gifts.

Purple Passion

Exotic, velvety leaves and a rich purple color give purple passion an opulent look. This plant is actually one of the easiest plants to grow, given the right conditions. Purple passion prefers indirect light, temperatures between 65 and 80 degrees F, and a modest amount of water whenever the soil feels dry. It is a hardy plant and a climber too. Purple passion, with its luxurious appeal, is the perfect gift for anyone who enjoys the color purple.

Money Plant

Over 40 species exist of the money plant. The plant is native to South Asia and thrives on regular watering and fertilization. The money plant is a climber, so training it along a stick in a pot works well. Alternatively, consider the gift of a hanging basket, as the lush green leaves of this plant look just as lovely trailing downward. The money plant does well with indirect light and temperature ranges of between 65 and 90 degrees F. It makes an ideal gift for the home or office.

African Violets

Pots of African violets make nice gifts because these dainty plants flower regularly and profusely. Their flower colors are usually pink, burgundy, purple and white, or a combination of these. Consider giving a gift of two or more pots, because African violets do best when they are grouped together. These plants have definite preferences: temperatures between about 65 and 85 degrees F, morning sunlight (an east-facing location is ideal), regular fertilization and not too much water.

Lucky Bamboo

A member of the lily family, lucky bamboo is a popular indoor plant gift. Garden centers and Chinese supermarkets sell ready-made pots of lucky bamboo stalks tied with red ribbon. This plant can be grown in water or transplanted into soil, which should remain moist, although not soggy. Lucky bamboo can tolerate temperatures between 45 and 90 degrees F and tends to prefer bright, filtered sunlight. Generally, this hardy plant does not require fertilizer, but if grown in water, it does best when changing the water weekly--distilled or filtered water is preferable.

Rubber Plant

The rubber plant is a hardy, attractive gift plant. It adapts well to most conditions. Ideally, it prefers morning sunlight, a temperature range of 65 to 80 degrees F and occasional fertilization. Give the leaves a good watering periodically to keep them bright and shiny.

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About this Author

Based in Northern California, Maureen Katemopoulos has been a freelance writer for over 25 years. Her articles on travel, the arts, cuisine and history have appeared in Stanislaus Magazine, Orientations, The Asia Magazine, and The Peninsula Group Magazine, among others. She holds a Baccalaureate degree in journalism from Stanford University.