Houseplants make great Mothers Day gifts because there is such a wide variety available, with some that are low-maintenance and easy-going for the new gardener and some that require a little more attention for mums that are well-versed in all things green-fingered.
So, read on to discover my five favorite plants for perfect Mother’s Day gifts:
Potted Rhododendron simsii (azaleas) make fabulous Mothers Day presents because they flower around the same time of year and have even become something of a tradition for many people. They differ from the evergreen azaleas that we plant outside, as they are grown specifically as houseplants.
Azaleas are immensely thirsty plants and will need plenty of water to see them through the flowering season and beyond.
Try not to let the compost dry out and occasionally sit the pot in water until bubbles appear at the top of the compost. This will ensure they get all the moisture they need to flourish!
They come in a range of colours, from blushing pink to deep purple and even white, so don’t forget to get one in your Mum’s favourite shade.
These are hugely popular houseplants and they come in a massive variety of colours, sizes and styles. They used to be quite slim on selection in the UK, but nowadays you can buy everything from moth orchids to cymbidiums at your local garden centre (or even a lot of supermarkets).
They are wonderful gifts for Mother’s Day, as they have a spectacular appearance and will bring a touch of panache to any home.
They have a bit of a reputation for being difficult to care for, but once you understand what makes them tick, it’s not too tricky.
They need bright but indirect light, plenty of humidity, and they should be kept in a clear pot so that the roots have access to light. They don’t need too much water, you’ll know when they’re thirsty as their roots change colour from bright green to a dull, silvery grey.
Also affectionately known as ‘Pot Mums’, Chrysanthemums are the perfect gift for Mothers Day.
They have been known to deteriorate almost as quickly as cut flowers, so ensure your Chrysanthemums get plenty of care from their new owner, so that the masses of colourful blooms last as long as they should.
Make sure to remove any dead flowers as they wilt, and water when the top inch of soil becomes dry. Again, a bright but indirectly lit windowsill works well for Chrysanthemums, avoiding any really high or low temperatures.
Kalanchoe, sometimes also known as a Flaming Katy, is a succulent with fleshy, emerald green leaves and masses of colourful flowers. They can be unusual in appearance but are great to have around the house, adding intrigue and interest to the home.
They are really easy to grow and last for years, producing fantastic flower displays again and again—making it incredible value for money!
Kalanchoe love to live on a kitchen windowsill, somewhere that gets plenty of light but that is out of the direct afternoon glare, as the leaves can become scorched or wilted.
After the Kalanchoe has finished its bloom, cut off the flowering head and reduce watering and it should bloom naturally again in spring.
A mistake people often make with Kalanchoe is overwatering, so ensure that are only watering when the soil has dried out, and never allow it to stand in water. Remember to water less during the winter. These are perfect for busy mums who need a pretty and unfussy plant to brighten up their day.
The Rosa (rose) is the national flower of the UK and is the perfect plant to show your mum how much she means to you. You can buy special indoor pot roses that make excellent presents for Mother’s Day. They are best put on a well-lit windowsill and watered little and often. Too much water can cause them to rot.
They don’t like high temperatures, so if your mum likes to keep her living room extra cosy, then make sure she keeps her potted rose in a cooler part of the house, such as a porch or conservatory.
After the first flowering, indoor roses can be grown outside in a pot or planted into a bed, which should help the plant to last longer.
So now you have five fantastic houseplants that are sure to impress your Mum this Mothering Sunday.
Potted plants often work out to be cheaper than a bouquet of cut flowers, so you should be able to get your Mum a little something extra too.
Remember, houseplants don’t only look great, they also have many positive health benefits. Check out my blog on the power of plants for better health for more information.