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Potted Plants: The Gift That Keeps on Giving

February 4, 2009

Self-watering Pots by Grobal

Self-watering Pots by Grobal

I’ve made an issue of the unsustainable production and predictability of buying cut-flowers as gifts, especially for Valentine’s Day.  I completely understand their appeal.  They are easy to buy (even from the guy on the street corner), beautiful, aromatic and invoke happiness all around.  But I can’t get over the fact that you spend a lot of money and then they die a couple of weeks later.  Yes, you are buying temporary happiness.  Why not invest in a potted plant with a stylish, modern pot that serves as an ongoing reminder of happiness this Valentine’s Day?

5 Reasons Potted Plants Make Better Gifts

  1. Not to point out the obvious, but they last longer.
  2. You get more “gift” for the money you spend.
  3. A really cool plant in a really cool pot turns a gift into an oxygen replenishing decoration.
  4. Potted herbs are not only easy to grow but useful in the kitchen.  I love receiving gifts with a purpose!
  5. Greenery brings the outdoors in and helps to create a calming effect during the gloomy winter months.

Who Should NOT Receive Potted Gifts?

Not everyone should receive potted plants as gifts, especially serial plant killers.  This would be a waste of money and maybe something consumable would be a better choice, like the ubiquitous box-o-chocolates. If your gift recipient lives in a dungeon, then you might as well gift wrap an artificial light while your at it.  Water-aholics are the worst enemies of any potted plant.  You would be contributing to the hundreds, if not thousands, of plant deaths if you buy this gift recipient a potted gift.  Some people just don’t like to be happy, so why waste your money on them anyway, right?

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There you have it, the gift that keeps on giving.  If you’re not convinced that potted plants are better gifts, and cut flowers are still on your shopping list, then just be conscious of where you buy them.  Stay away from the 800-Flower companies, shopping local is best.  Single bud arrangements are easy and stylish, especially when paired with a modern vases.  The Sunday Morning Flowers section of Apartment Therapy offers great inspiration for simple, elegant flower arrangement ideas.

If you had the choice, would you rather receive flowers or potted plants this Valentine’s Day?


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One Comment leave one →
  1. October 15, 2009 9:27 am

    Absolutely very creative, you create not only beautiful flower but also beautiful pot !

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