Roses traditionally say, “I love you.” But a bunch i n a bouquet lasts only so long. Here are some other plant options to extend your very special message for your very special person.plant

#1 – Extend the blooms with a rose plant

Your valentine can keep it indoors for now and move it outside when the weather warms. With proper care, roses will continue to bloom indoors.

#2 – Personalize a plant gift for your sweetie

Indoor plants are always a good idea because they help clean the air of toxins. Better still, if they bloom, you get a pretty bonus.

Beyond those benefits, think about your valentine’s lifestyle and where a plant might grow. There are plants for people who suffer with sleepless nights, who are away from home much of their time, who have little to no sunlight to offer a plant or for people who are forgetful gardeners. Here are some ideas to help you match the plant to your person.

Bloomers for the sweetheart who loves flowers

  • Cyclamen is a popular indoor flowering plant in the winter. It is available in many colors ranging from white, pale pink and hot pink to red. It needs some sunlight and regular watering. It also helps clean the air. Pick one large plant or group several small ones in a basket.
  • Gloxinia will bloom anywhere it receives bright, indirect light away from full sun. Blooms are large, trumpetlike flowers in a variety of colors. It requires water when the soil feels dry to the touch and fertilizer once per month while flowers are in bloom.

Durable plants that aren’t finicky

  • Cast iron plant like its name implies is a hardy plant. It grows 2-3 ft. tall and has narrow, dark green leaves. It will live in dark rooms with infrequent watering. It spreads slowly so it rarely needs re-potting. If your sweetie has little sunlight, here’s your plant.
  • Red Aglaonema or Chinese evergreen is a show-stopper with its red-pink-and-green leaves. It tolerates dry soil, making it very suitable for forgetful gardeners.
  • ZZ Plant is a great match for frequent travelers because it tolerates dark corners and dry conditions. It won’t need water until the top inch of soil dries. It will also live under fluorescent lights, so think of it as a suitable gift if your sweetie spends a lot of time at the office.

For the restless sleeper

Lavender has a lot going for it. Here’s a perennial that grows well and blooms indoors in a sunny window. It is well-known for its fragrance and as a de-stressor. Just brushing a hand across its fragrant leaves can help your sweetie relax and even sleep better.

This year, say “I love you” with a plant.

Happy (almost) Valentine’s Day!


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