Finding the houseplants to give as gifts online is tricky, especially if you’re not looking to spend a small fortune. The good news is there are plenty of affordable options — so who’s ready to shop? I’ve rounded up the best houseplants to give as gifts. My list includes flowering plants, low light houseplants, easy to care for plants, small plants, and big plants – my list has a plant for everyone and anyone.
Hoya Heart Plant
The Hoya kerrii is commonly called the Hoya Heart Plant because of its green heart-shaped leaves. This single leaf cutting is a fun, whimsical way to show your plant love. It is partially rooted but does not have a node. It will stay as an adorable heart-shaped leaf for years to come.
A growing Holiday tradition. The Amaryllis only blooms in winter. Save the bulbs after they bloom-learn how to care for them, and they’ll come back for next year.
A traditional houseplant with a jungle appeal, the peace lily’s flowers have pedals as white as snow. Peace lilies are not true lilies, but their blooms look like Calla Lillies, hence their name. The blooms are a colored leaf surrounding a club-shaped flower cluster.
Christmas Cactus (Schlumbergera xbuckleyi)
For the succulent lover. Flowers of white and red to pink color bloom indoors in the height of winter.
Variegated Shell Ginger
Varigated Ginger is a herbaceous perennial in the ginger family grown throughout the world for its attractive flowers and foliage. Place this perennial in full sun or partial shade. It will perform well in moist, fertile soils that are well-drained. Read more about these beautiful plants on the UW Madison Master Gardener Program.
Nicknamed the “swiss cheese plant”, the Monstera deliciosa is famous for its quirky natural leaf holes. These holes are theorized to maximize sun fleck capture on the forest floor. Depending on the season and maturity of the plant, your Monstera could arrive with no holes just yet, and be sized to grow alongside you.
The ZZ Plant is characterized by its waxy green leaves above the surface of its potting mix, and its large potato-like rhizomes underneath. These rhizomes store water, making the ZZ a hardy, drought-tolerant houseplant that only needs water every few weeks.
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How Not to Kill Your Houseplants
You had one job: watering your new plant. But it’s been a week, and it’s already dying.
Fear not! This helpful guide is here to show you how to rescue your plants. Follow the survival tips outlined in this book, and you’ll be on your way to having your home brimming with green life.