By: Mary Ellen Ellis
Wrapping potted plants is a great way to add a personaltouch to a gardening gift. Pottedplants make great gifts for just about anyone, but the store-bought plasticcontainers and cellophane wraps lack imagination. Get more festive with these ideasfor wrapping and decorating your gift.
Giving Container Plants as Gifts
A plantis a great gift idea and a versatile one too. Just about anyone will bepleased to receive a houseplant, potted herb, or a plant that can go into thegarden. Even friends and family who are not gardeners can enjoy a potted plant.
A gift-wrapped plant is a rare type of gift that actuallylasts. Depending on the plant type and how it’s cared for, a plant given to aloved one could last them for decades. Choose easyplants for those who don’t have a green thumb and something rare for yourgardening friends who already have everything.
How to Wrap a Potted Plant
You could just give a gift plant as it comes from the storeor nursery, but wrapping plants isn’t difficult. By wrapping it, you make thegift a little more special, personal, and festive. Here are some great ideasfor decorating and wrapping plants as gifts:
- Wrap the pot with a section of burlap and tie in place with a satin or lace ribbon for a contrast between rustic and pretty.
- Use fabric scraps to wrap the container with ribbon or twine to hold it together. You can also use a rubber band to secure the fabric at the top of the pot. Then, roll the fabric over and tuck it into the rubber band to hide it.
- A sock makes a great wrap for a small potted plant. Choose one with a fun color or pattern and put the pot in the sock. Tuck the top of the sock into the pot and then fill with soil and the plant.
- Use wrapping paper or scrapbook paper squares to wrap a pot. Secure it with tape.
- A great idea for grandparent gifts is letting the grandchildren decorate white butcher paper. Then, use the paper to wrap the pot.
- Unleash your inner artist and use paints to decorate a terracotta pot.
- Be creative and come up with your own gift-wrapped plant combinations or even add your own unique, fun twist.
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A potted plant makes a thoughtful holiday or birthday gift, and besides a bottle of wine, there’s really no more welcome housewarming gift than a plant. Some people might be nervous to give a living plant as a gift, but don’t be — sure, it might eventually die, but so do bouquets, and we don’t have any qualms about giving people flowers, right? Giving someone a plant also gives them the gift of clean air. Whether it’s for a baby shower or a mitzvah, here are some of our favorite ways to give gift plants.
How to Wrap a Plant Pot
Adding wrap to a plant pot should reflect your personal style in wrapping design. Also consider choosing a color combination that complements the home of the recipient. You definitely aren't limited to paper or tissue when wrapping plant pots. Try sections of fabric or cellophane to create a unique and personal look for your plant gifts.
Create a thoughtful gift for your children to give by planting forced bulbs or seeds in a plastic plant container.
Potted plants allow individuals to give a lasting gift to friends and relatives. Adding a special touch to this gift involves creating a simple wrap for your potted plant to hide the unsightly green or black plastic pot. Let's look at how to wrap a plant pot to create a beautiful gift that will last considerably longer than cut flowers.
Wipe off the outside of the plant pot with the paper towels to remove any soil or water from the plastic. Cleaning the outside of the pot will prevent soiling of the decorative tissue or wrapping paper.
Unroll the wax paper onto the table and set the pot in the center. Use scissors to cut a square section of the waxed paper around the outside of the pot so it reaches to the pot rim. The wax paper shouldn't limit visibility when wrapping the plant. Be careful not to puncture or tear the wax paper since it functions as waterproofing for the plant pot.
- Potted plants allow individuals to give a lasting gift to friends and relatives.
- Be careful not to puncture or tear the wax paper since it functions as waterproofing for the plant pot.
Unroll the wrapping paper or tissue onto the table. Cut a section of wrapping paper 3 times the size of the pot. Tissue paper comes in pre-cut sections so pull up the sides of the tissue to ensure it covers the sides of the plastic pot.
Measure and cut a length of ribbon, twine or elastic cord that wraps completely around the plastic plant pot. Allow enough length to tie a bow at the end.
Pull sections of the paper up one at a time to gather the wrapping paper/tissue around the pot.
Loop the cut twine, ribbon or elastic cord around the plant and tie with a pretty bow.
The Best Plants To Give As Gifts
I think we can all agree that giving a plant as a gift is perfect for any occasion. But what is a good plant to give as a gift? Perennials are nice plants to give as gifts, but it can be challenging to know exactly which ones will work well in someones garden.
Herbs are also good plants for gifts, but unless your friend wants to grow them indoors during the winter, it can be short lived. If you ask me, the best potted plants for gifts are houseplants. Unless you’re giving them to someone who has experience growing indoor plants, I recommend gifting plants that are easy to care for, and will grow well in any home.
Some of the best indoor plants to give as gifts are pathos, spider plants, dieffenbachia, peperomia, arrowhead vine, philodendrons, cast iron plant, corn plant, snake plants, Chinese evergreen, succulents and zz plant (to name a few).
- It is easier to match a plant to a pot than vice versa, so buy the pot first.
- Succulents are good for the novice gardener, as they thrive on neglect.
- Orchids and lilies require lots of TLC to flower over a long period.
- Feed all potted plants with a sprinkle of controlled-release fertiliser.
- In spring, water plants with a liquid feed to encourage new growth.
- Prune spent flowers to allow new ones to take their place.
- Occasionally spray a mist of water over plants to keep foliage healthy.
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