Plant / Flower Gift Baskets
Flowers and plants are popular
gifts for almost any occasion.
Most people prefer live plants, but there are those who
would rather have an everlasting, maintenance-free, artificial
plant. There are many types of plants to choose from - potted
flowers, herbs, dwarfed shrubs and bouquets
of fresh cut flowers.
Bouquets of fresh cut flowers have wonderful fragrances that can’t be beat. A fresh bouquet makes a beautiful accent piece or centerpiece. A fresh cut bouquet is a real ‘pamper’ gift when given for a birthday, Mother’s Day or a romantic occasion. They may also be sent as congratulations or sympathy gifts.
How to Extend the Life of Fresh-Cut Flowers:
Cut stems on an angle. This way they won’t sit flat
on the bottom of the vase, which would prevent water from
flowing freely up the stems.
Cut stems under water. This is to prevent an air bubble
from entering the stem and blocking water
from flowing up the stem.
Cut the leaves from the part of the stems that will be submerged
under water. This helps prevent decay.
Do not use extremely cold water that could shock the flowers– use
Change water and add cut flower food a couple of times per
From flowers to miniature shrubs to herbs, there are plants
to suit different needs and tastes. Potted plants are popular
housewarming gifts and Mother's Day gifts and they will delight
a plant lover on any occasion.
Bonsai plants (dwarfed, ornamentally shaped trees
or shrubs) - Some have been hand pruned
for several years. These plants are often grown in trays.
There is a variety to choose from.
Herb Garden - Decorate a kitchen windowsill with
an herb garden. Popular herbs are - Aloe Vera to soothe
mild burns; chamomile used to make a soothing tea; lavender
for its wonderful, soothing scent, herbs used in cooking
such as rosemary, thyme, Italian parsley, oregano, mint,
sage, chives or golden thyme, dill, marjoram, etc.
Flowers - Fragrant and colorful, potted flowers
are popular gifts. Favorite flowers are: Lily-of-the-Valley,
tulips, daffodils, crocuses, hyacinths, sunflowers, orchids,
roses, violets, and poinsettias. Miniature Rose bush is
popular; they come in a variety of colors - they can be transferred
outdoors, climate permitting. Many Live flowering plants
Health benefits of live indoor plants:
Indoor plants absorb air pollutants, release oxygen and
absorb carbon dioxide and other toxins, stabilize indoor
humidity and reduce static electricity. Natural surroundings
also help people to relax and energize. Many plants, especially
those with flowers, have beautiful scents. Favorites flower
scents are roses, lilacs, hyacinths, carnation, freesia,
lily of the valley, and sweet pea.
Some potted plants can be placed outdoors or planted in
an outdoor location.
Everlasting (Artificial) Plants:
Faux / silk plants are non-allergenic and everlasting. Some
live plants are toxic if eaten – and may be a problem
around small children and pets. With an artificial plant,
there are no worries about proper lighting, temperature,
Though many people prefer live plants, a faux plant is better
than an unhealthy live plant. Realistic looking faux plants
are available. They can be moved to different locations as
the light and climate conditions do not matter. A faux plant
is a maintenance free gift that will last for years.
Topiaries are popular, as are bouquets and life-like potted
Plant containers come in a variety of colors,
materials, and styles. Wicker, metal, terra
cotta and ceramic pots and planters are all popular. They may be decorative. There are embossed ceramic pots and hand-painted planters. Plant containers may also be in the form of pitchers, teapots or
*A sachet of lavender or rose can be added to the basket
to add scent.
The Best of Both – A mixture of live and faux
Some gift baskets combine live and faux plants, e.g. an
easy-to-care-for live plant to provide greenery and all the
benefits of a live plant with a few everlasting faux flowers
that will never fade or wilt added.