Year after year, mothers are honored on their special day with flowers. Flowers are one of the most popular Mother’s Day gifts, along with jewelry and a restaurant meal, reports the National Retail Federation. The traditional bouquet is a lovely way to honor your mother, however a plant lasts much longer, giving your mother fond memories of your thoughtfulness for years.
Step 1: Look around your mother’s house to make sure she has enough window light and available space to handle a flowering plant that must stay indoors. For example, a cyclamen plant grows well and continues to provide new blooms when it’s kept in a room that stays cooler and provides indirect lighting.
Step 2: Choose a plant that doesn’t rely on sensitive watering schedules, if your mom doesn’t typically have much of a green thumb. The cineraria, for example, is a plant that produces a plethora of blue, violet, white and red blooms, but wilts quickly if not watered correctly.
Step 3: Provide a decent pot for the plant to give your mother a gift that doesn’t require her to fret about re-potting it right away. The plastic containers that most plants are sold in are not appropriate for any length of time and are not very decorative. Instead, opt for a potted plant that’s ready to showcase, such as the potted pink calla lily from ProFlowers. It comes in a woven basket wrapped in a pink bow.
Step 4: Give your mom a plant that she can transplant outdoors if she’s a gardener. You can find a slew of options at a local garden center, ranging from roses and hydrangeas to tulips and lily of the valley. Offer to plant the flowers outdoors as part of the gift, unless your mom relishes getting down in the dirt.
Stick with plants that don’t produce flowers, if your mom doesn’t have a special touch with plants. Philodendrons and cactus plants, for example, are easy to care for and very forgiving if your mom ignores them or forgets to water them on a regular basis. At the same time, a green plant can provide years of enjoyment and growth so that your mom can take clippings and pay your gift forward.
Some flowering plants do not re-bloom easily once they’ve been re-potted or transplanted. Your mom may be disappointed if she moves the plant to the garden only to be stuck with a bush that produces no additional blooms. According to the University of Illinois Extension, one example is the Martha Washington geranium, a beautiful flowering plant that’s widely available at Mother’s Day. During the summer, it is difficult, if not impossible, to get the plant to bloom again.