Gift A Living Bouquet For Valentine’s Day

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Master gardener William Moss discusses the best flowers to give as a Valentine’s Day gift that will outlast a traditional bouquet.

    William Moss: Valentine's Day is a time to show appreciation and love to those closest to us. Rather than a usual bouquet of roses, give them something with long lasting beauty and vibrancy like them. Let's discuss some other options for Valentine's Day flowers.

    Flowering plants are a great value. Instead of a bouquet which typically last a week or two, you can give them house plants that are flowering and the flowers will last for weeks, months, in some cases may be even years. Let's start with the orchids.

    The Butterfly Orchids are just incredible plants, they have really intricate flowers and they have a bunch of them. You can keep this blooming for many weeks; even months and still have this beautiful color around.

    Now let's go to the Cyclamen. The Cyclamen not only has flowers but also the foliage is marbled and modeled and will last like this year round.

    Now, this particular plant, the Anthurium is the perfect plant for the occasion. The leaves are heart-shaped and the flowers are heart-shaped too. And the contrast with the glossy green foliage and the bright red flowers makes this a definite Valentine's Day gift.

    And African Violets are good at any time of year. But now, their bright colors really sing the sparkle. All these plants are really simple to care for; they can take all the way from low-light to high-light conditions. You can put them in an office, right underneath the lamp. So you don't have to worry about the care for these, they are really easy and they last for quite a while.

    So switch it up this year, instead of the usual cut flowers, give them a living bouquet. Get out and grow.