Succulent plant as gift

Give a green gift!

So maybe Mom doesn't have the green-thumb gene. You can still give her the gift of a living plant for Mother's Day. These tips will help your gift thrive.

If you've ever given your mom a plant for Mother's Day only to see it die before its time, consider a few tips before passing on a plant to mom this year. Just about anyone can enjoy live plants around the home.

The key is to be realistic about your gift recipient's ability and interest, and not to bite off more than she can chew.

Meet her needs

Be sure to consider your mom's lifestyle before you pick out a plant for her. Does she live in the desert? Maybe an orchid isn't the best gift idea. If your mom loves to cook, potted herbs might be a nice option: She'll be able to add a personal touch to the meals she creates. If your mom doesn't have yard space for plants, a decorative container plant of mini roses would be ideal to keep indoors.

Switch up your thinking

Some of us just don't have what it takes to keep a plant going. So go about your gift giving in another way, and think about what plants don't need.

Jade plant

Just a few drops

Potted succulents, like jade plants, are perfect for people who can't (or don't want to) give a lot of attention to plants. Succulents don't need a lot of water to thrive, they're pretty and they make a great gift for someone who, for example, travels often.

Bamboo

No soil for success

As luck would have it, "lucky" bamboo fits this bill. As long as bamboo has constant access to water (place the bamboo in a pretty glass container filled with water) and a bit of sunlight, this plant will thrive.

Devil's Ivy

Low-watt requirements

Does Mom work in an office without the benefit of a lot of natural light? A green plant is just what she needs! Devil's ivy is perfect in an office setting due to its low-light needs. Plus it trails nicely, so a shelf is a great spot for it.

Keep pets in mind

If your mom has an active pet or two in the house, consider — and avoid giving — some common plants that are poisonous to pets. For a more thorough list of poisonous and nonpoisonous plants, visit the ASPCA. Below are a few examples of poisonous-to-pets plants:

  • Aloe vera
  • Amaryllis
  • Chamomile
  • Ivy
  • Jade
  • Lilies

Don't let a few failed plants keep you from giving mom a green plant for Mother's Day. With a little thought and a few tips, your live gift will thrive!

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