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.
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:
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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