It’s Alive! 3 Things You Should Know About Sending Living Floral Gifts

When it's time to order a bouquet for a loved one, you may wonder how long the blooms will stay fresh. Most floral arrangements will be made up of longer-lasting blooms, but even these may only hold up for a week or two at the most.

If you'd like to give a floral gift that will last for years, consider sending a living plant instead. Here's what you should know about sending a living floral gift:

Potted plants are colourful, too.

Some people believe that live plant gifts are boring, or that they aren't very colourful because they're composed of only green foliage. But florists make up gorgeous arrangements of live plants that rival the most stunning cut-flower bouquets.

Bright red miniature roses, vibrant purple African violets, and other colourful blooming plants are often interspersed with ferns, ivy, and philodendrons in arrangements to create bright and beautiful displays.

Even an all-foliage dish planter can be accented with stems of cut flowers for colour now and long-lasting plants long after the blooms fade. Some plants, including Kalanchoe, offer lovely flower displays all on their own, and they will continue to grow and bloom indoors.

Floral shops carry the most popular houseplants.

There are several good reasons why plants like Spathiphyllum (Peace Lily) and Schefflera are so beloved. Houseplants like these two are relatively easy to care for, they grow large but not overwhelmingly so, and they add fresh greenery and oxygen to the home.

These gift houseplants arrive in large pots which are often set in woven baskets and accented with ribbons and other decorations to make them festive.

If your floral shop carries Peace Lilies and many other low-maintenance houseplants, they'll be happy to assist you in choosing the right one for your recipient.

Some potted floral gifts can be planted outside.

Many gift plants can be moved outdoors to be enjoyed in the garden. Mums, miniature roses, and ivy plants should do well outdoors in most growing zones. In areas with severe winters, the plants can be left potted and moved indoors before any big freezes.

When ordering gifts of flowering plants like azaleas, hydrangeas, and gardenias to be planted outdoors, check to be sure which type of plant you're sending. These lovely small shrubs come in two basic varieties: greenhouse plants and hardy plants.

Greenhouse plants are meant to be grown indoors, although they won't mind going outside for a bit in the late spring and summer. They will re-bloom indoors when cared for properly. Hardy plants are grown for outdoor planting, but only if you're in the proper zone for the particular plants, so check to see which growing zone your recipient lives in before ordering.

Most florists send only greenhouse varieties of flowering shrubs to be enjoyed indoors, but they can often order hardier varieties for outdoor planting if you ask. For more information on living gifts, contact a company like Joanna's Florist.