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Many probably wondered what it would be nice to give a friend, teacher, mother, daughter, sister, not a bouquet of flowers, but some kind of plant or flower in a pot on March 8. And still very many of the gifted in 2-3 weeks, after March 8, begin to search the network for answers to questions that ultimately boil down to one thing: what to do with a flower?
It so happens that they choose potted flowers as a gift from those that they liked more, seemed prettier, brighter, more colorful. And few people think that a loving person will want to preserve such a gift at all costs, grow it and make it bloom again. And not everyone succeeds, sometimes it is impossible.
Sometimes the disappointment is even greater than from a faded bouquet, because it seems to a person that a plant in a pot should live a long time! Therefore, before buying flowers for March 8, or any other holiday, think about how your friend will react to it. If she is one of those people who are not fanatical about growing flowers, then feel free to buy the most beautiful flower to your taste, it is unlikely that a person will be upset if it fades in 2 weeks or 2 months.
If you are going to give flowers to someone who is just starting to get involved in growing flowers, then choose flowers that are intended for permanent, year-round potted growing, rather than seasonal ones. Seasonal plants or potted flowers - these are hyacinths, gerberas, crocuses, primroses - they will survive in an apartment until June, then they need to be transplanted into the garden. The problem is that many try to continue growing them in the apartment, do not want or do not have the opportunity to plant them in the garden. As garden flowers, these flowers are also not the easiest and undemanding ones, you really need to take care of them.
By the way, such popular hyacinths are very often the wrong choice, the point is not even that they are not indoor flowers (they require planting in the garden), but that they go on sale long before March 8th. To be more precise, they are being prepared for flowering on February 14, that is, 2 weeks earlier, and among those that you see on store shelves, many are already finishing flowering, and after the purchase they will not stand for long. In addition, in stores, especially specialized OBI departments, or garden centers, the temperature is much lower than at home, sometimes the difference is 10 degrees or more. Therefore, flowers of hyacinths, tulips, crocuses, primroses, gerberas and azaleas finish flowering very quickly and wither. You are promised that the hyacinth will delight the eye for a long time on the table in the living room, and it will turn black in a week,because for a long time it can only stand on a light and cool windowsill with wooden frames.
Therefore, in order for your beloved or girlfriend to receive a real gift and can keep it longer, give only such flowers for March 8 that do not require special and special conditions of maintenance.
In short, this is what you will have to face when you receive some popular flowers as a gift:
- Azaleas - require light, coolness, do not tolerate overdrying, do not like watering with hard water.
- Hyacinths, crocuses, primroses, gerberas - they will live in a pot until the end of flowering, the hotter and darker in the apartment, the faster they fade.
- Saintpaulias (violets) - require very good lighting in autumn and winter (additional lighting), special soil and uniform watering (without extremes of drying and waterlogging).
- Cyclamens - they love coolness, do not tolerate dryness, but are quite unpretentious.
- Roses - prone to gray mold damage, do not tolerate excessive watering, very often carry ticks or instantly become infected with the onset of warm days, require a cold room in winter.
- Phalaenopsis - require a special substrate and pots for planting, do not tolerate waterlogging (categorically), otherwise undemanding, but for re-flowering they need a light windowsill. Suitable only for a girl who is ready to read literature on the care of orchids and give them a little time.
- Anthuriums are more unpretentious, they are easy to grow, they do not tolerate waterlogging - they will not die, but become covered with brown spots.
- Gardenia is beautiful, but capricious to the point of impossibility - to water only with soft water (boiling is often not enough), does not tolerate waterlogging, it is often flooded already in the store.
- Cacti - require special soil, cold (or very cold) wintering and sunny windowsills.
- Ehmeya, guzmania, vriezia - they require watering only with soft water, otherwise they are unpretentious, but you will have to read about growing bromeliads.
- A garden in a bottle is an expensive gift that requires very careful maintenance (pruning, transplanting), in its original form it exists no longer than 2-3 months, then the plants stretch out, clog each other or grow too much.
The gardenia already has strongly yellowed leaves inside the bush, in two weeks this specimen will completely bald and die, there are about 3 out of 10 chances to save.
Benjamin ficus is decorative and unpretentious, one of the best gift options. Pack nicely and verbal advice not to water (don't water too often).
There are plants that are quite unpretentious, but you need to understand that minimal care will be needed from the very first day. Some plants can stand on the windowsill for two weeks, in quarantine and acclimatization, while the happy hostess reads about its cultivation in a book or on the Internet. There are plants that require immediate transplantation, almost immediately after purchase - for example, orchids (phalaenopsis and others) very often come to our house flooded, albeit in bloom. If left on for a week or two, the orchids will rot.
What to look for when choosing flowers as a gift
- Choose the healthiest looking flowers. For example, if you choose an orchid, then in a transparent pot, carefully examine the roots, they should be light green or gray-green, but not gray-brown.
- Try to buy plants that have been in the store for 2-3 days - no less and no longer. That is why: if the plant was transported insufficiently insulated, the result of freezing and hypothermia (and in March it is still cold) will appear in the first 3 days - brown spots will appear. If the plants have been in the store for more than 3-5 days, there is a chance that they were transfused by compassionate saleswomen, or infected with thrips or mites from bouquet flowers.
- Do not give plants that have poisonous sap if the girl has a child or a cat (they may accidentally put a leaf in their mouth or eat it, get burned or poisoned).
- You can choose a simple-looking flower, but choose a beautiful spectacular pot for it.
What flowers in a pot to give on March 8
For a holiday, it is worth giving quite unpretentious plants that will stand for a long time, give the new mistress a head start in a few weeks, so that she has time to love them and get ready (read about leaving, bought new pots, land).
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If your friend is an avid collector of indoor plants, for example, she grows varietal violets, succulents, or a big lover of citrus fruits, has been doing this for more than one year, then it is very difficult to guess with a gift, if you yourself are far from floriculture, it is almost impossible. In this case, we can advise you to buy as a gift for March 8, not fresh flowers in a pot, but something from the inventory for floriculture:
- flower pots included (3-5 pots in one style)
- hanging planters or wicker hangers (for example, macrame)
- mini greenhouses and terrariums
- decorative stones or figurines in flower pots
- flower rack
- cute lamps for supplementary lighting of plants
- accessories for hydroponics
- water treatment agents (e.g. water softeners)
And the last recommendation: when buying flowers and plants as a gift, ask the seller to write down the name of the flower for you so that the one who receives this beauty can immediately find all the necessary information on care.