For those who love nature and gardening, tiny plants make great gifts at any time of the year. And during the winter season—when we don’t see much green outside in here in the Vail area—tiny plants can brighten up a home and bring life into any space.
Tiny plants, quite simply, are little plants that travel well. Some varieties may come in small pots of only 2 or 3 inches in diameter, and some types of tiny plants—such as miniature airplants—don’t even need soil. Tiny plants make great gifts because they can be arranged artistically into cool plant designs, and they can be put almost anywhere: on a desk, by a kitchen window, in a bathroom that gets some filtered light. Tiny plant designs can also be wrapped up right before being given as a gift; once opened, a live gift can create quite a pleasant surprise.
Get inspired to give the gift of a live plant with these tiny plant design ideas:
Many varieties of succulents come in small sizes, and the detail and shape of these plants makes them exciting gifts. We like arranging succulents in small glass containers or jars layered with rocks to add some texture. One common mistake with succulents is over-watering, so water sparingly—especially in the winter months—and place in an area where the plants can receive bright, filtered light. Rocks placed in the bottom of a container can help facilitate drainage, which is a good thing, as succulents thrive in well-drained soil. A succulent-specific soil is a good choice.
With their prickly exteriors and iconic shapes, cacti are beloved fixtures of the western landscape, and tiny cacti make fun gifts. Get creative with pot layers and texture pieces to make a stunning plant design. Cacti look great when planted in rocky soil within clear glass containers such as hurricane planters. Choose different types of rocks and soils to highlight the layered effect, but make sure that the cactus is planted toward the top and in the type of soil that’s most suitable for its growth. Like succulents, cacti prefer well-drained soil, and cactus-specific soils are available for purchase.
Because they thrive on air and don’t need soil to grow, the options for tiny air plant gifts are endless. These Tillandsia plants take up the water and nutrients they need through their specialized leaves, and since air plants use roots only to anchor themselves to objects in their surroundings such as rocks and trees, they can be placed freely in eye-catching containers or arranged in other creative live designs. Ideas for gift designs include placing air plants directly on a driftwood arrangement to create a natural interest piece or placing an air plant in clear glass container that can be suspended from a window frame or ceiling.
Tiny Ferns and other Mini Plants:
Tiny ferns and other mini plants are more readily available due to a swoon of interest in fairy gardening, and these kinds of plants also make great gift items. Look for varieties that have good leaf texture and color. Choose a simple pot so that the plant itself remains the focus in designs that incorporate blooming mini plants.
Looking for more great gift ideas? Stop by Wildflower Farm for year-round inspiration.
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