Give a plant
It often happens, having to make a gift, to turn to a floral tribute, especially if the gift will be offered to a lady; on these occasions we generally let ourselves be advised by the florist or nurseryman, or we look for a showy or expensive plant. Unfortunately we hardly think of the tastes of the person to whom to give the gift or the prospects of survival of the plant once it is delivered in the hands of the gifted.
Plants are not always welcome, and also in this case, it is good to consider the tastes of the person to be paid, but also the space in the house, and the time that will then be dedicated to the care of the plant.
Orchids are among the most beautiful flowers, above all because they are very showy, and their flowers generally like them a little; Unfortunately, however, many species of orchids need some care to be always beautiful, flourish and vegetate in a luxuriant way. If we decide to give a beautiful orchid plant as a gift first of all let's look for one that has only a few flowers already bloomed, and many buds: in this way whoever receives the gift can enjoy the flowering for some weeks; later he will have at home a beautiful head of decorative leaves, which are much less pleasing to the eye than the large flowers of orchids.
This trick is to be followed for any flowering plant you intend to give: often we get enticed by the already full plant of flowers, without thinking that the flowers that have already fully bloom will tend to fade quickly.
When we deliver the orchid in the hands of the person to whom we intend to give it, let us remind you not to place it in a sunny place, but possibly where it receives a lot of light, but filtered, not direct. We consider that in the greenhouses where they are often cultivated the glasses are painted white, so that the plants receive a lot of light, but never directly the solar rays.
Another trick needed to have beautiful and healthy orchids is to keep them in a place with moist air; therefore away from heat sources, raised from the ground if we have underfloor heating, and possibly placed in a plant pot filled with always damp expanded clay, which will release a good amount of water into the air. To increase the environmental humidity it is useful to vaporize the plants often, let us remember however not to vaporize the flowers of the orchids, which would tend to be irreparably stained.
There are also orchids that can stay outside, but generally we try to give them only to those who know, because they must be placed in a suitable place and checked frequently, to prevent them from remaining outdoors during the coldest periods without shelter; for a gift we prefer indoor orchids.
There are many leaf plants that can be adapted as floral tributes; photos, caladium, dracene, ficus, are all very easy to grow plants, which adapt without problems to the home climate and which do not require much care. However, we always keep in mind the place they will be able to use, we avoid giving a palm to those who live in a small space, and maybe instead we prefer a big ficus for those who have a large corner to furnish. Asking the nurseryman will also be able to advise us on plants that tend to grow faster, and those that instead remain small for a long time.
Leaf plants are also recommended for those who do not have plants at home, because they usually only need some watering and some fertilizer, and many of them vegetate without problems even in less than ideal conditions, presenting less problems than flowering plants.
These plants also have the considerable advantage of being able to be given away even to those who suffer from some allergies, without fear of creating inconveniences.
Certainly, as in the case of orchids, the homage of a flowering plant is always welcome, since no one remains indifferent to the charm of a beautiful colored flower, and perhaps even fragrant; for this reason among the most beautiful plants we find orchids, poinsettias, azaleas. As we said before, however, flowering plants do not always flower, so we try to choose plants with a long flowering period, and full of buds that have yet to bloom. Some then have a fairly short flowering period, such as azaleas or cineraria; while others can remain blooms for most of the year, such as spatifillo and anturium.
Recall that to have a long flowering and that it repeats over time it is good to cultivate plants in the best way, fertilizing them periodically and repotting them when necessary. Certainly donating a flowering plant to a person who does not love plants so much is like doing them a little spite; in fact, if left untreated, the flowering plant will tend to stop flowering and vegetate in a stunted manner.
If the person to whom we make a gift has open space we can also orient ourselves on a garden plant, especially in spring we can find in the nursery many plants to grow outdoors full of flowers, and of very easy cultivation; in this case then we will avoid the inconvenience of having to find space at home to the gift we just received.
Fat and succulent
Often succulent and succulent plants are given away because they are believed to be plants that do not require any care; this concept certainly comes close to reality, in the sense that many succulents are used, in their places of origin, to vegetate in extreme conditions, and therefore survive even at home if deprived of light and watering for a long time. This does not mean that plants grow better; in fact most of the succulents, in order to develop better and flourish, need fertilizing and water during the summer, and cold during the winter. Very many are therefore plants to be cultivated in a cold or slightly heated greenhouse, and do not like the climate of the apartment; at home, with the passing of the months in constant heat and without watering, they tend to mumify, or they stop growth completely, remaining like embalmed.
At first glance they may look like healthy plants, in reality they do not develop, they do not bloom and they slowly tend to turn yellow.
For this reason it is generally advisable to avoid choosing a succulent at random, but prefer those of easier cultivation, such as Christmas cacti, or other plants that are well suited to the apartment climate.
We also remember that some people consider it unfortunate to receive a thorny plant as a gift, so if we are not sure of making a welcome gift we avoid the cacti.
Gifting plants: A gift for an enthusiast
If we decide to give away a plant to a person who understands of plants we try to understand in advance what is the plant that this person prefers; in fact enthusiasts tend to specialize, to love a kind of plant and to hate others; this does not necessarily happen, but it is probable that the lover of garden plants does not like succulents, the carnivorous plant lover will tend to love only those, the lover of roses will not easily appreciate the houseplants. Moreover it can happen that the plant we have chosen comes from the passionate view as a banal gift, given that probably in the garden or in the greenhouse it has the most particular and sought after species. So if we are not sure of the plant to give away, we avoid giving plants to plant lovers; or let's give them only to those friends who are passionate about plants in general, who tend to buy plants at the supermarket just because they see that they are drying on the shelf.
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