Mother’s Day is fast-approaching, but don’t stress if you haven’t locked a gift in for your mum yet as we have a suggestion that’s a little outside the (planter) box. That’s right, plants! Plants can make a great living gift for mum, even if she already has a sizeable plant collection. We’re big believers - much like wine you can never have too many plants!
With so many options to choose from, there’s bound to be something for even the pickiest mum. Whether she is a complete rookie when it comes to gardening or has plants spilling out from every room in the house, we have a great range available for all tastes and experience levels. Because we know money unfortunately does not grow on trees, we have a Mother's Day Plant Special which includes delivery of a gift-wrapped plant straight to your Mum’s door on Sunday the 12th of May - provided she lives in the Metro Melbourne area.
There are many reasons why plants make a great Mother’s Day gift - or any gift for that matter but we’ve listed a few notable ones below.
· They last longer than a bunch of flowers Okay, so we know what some of you are thinking: “with how long plants last for me/my mum, I might as well get her that bouquet!”, but don’t give up on your plant nurturing abilities so fast! There are plenty of hardy plant options out there for Mums who sometimes forget to water their plants. One such example is the Ball Cactus. These super cute desert plants are a great choice for busy plant lovers due to their relatively-low water needs. Keep these little guys out of direct sunlight, make sure not to overwater them, and they should be happy as Larry!
· Houseplants can help filter the air Having houseplants around has been shown to bring about many health benefits. A study by NASA called the NASA Clean Air Study found that plants have the ability to remove pollutants from the air within buildings. The study found that plants like the Peace Lily can help to filter out chemicals such as Trichloroethylene, Formaldehyde, Benzene, Xylene and Ammonia. While great for humans, it’s important to remember that Peace Lilies can be poisonous to cats and dogs if ingested, so keep them out of the way of furry friends.
· Indoor plants can help to boost mood, concentration and productivity Nature can have many positive effects on the mind. Research shows that interacting with houseplants may help to lower stress levels. A study published in the Journal of Physiological Anthropology suggested that interacting with indoor plants (such as touching and repotting) reduced physiological and psychological stress in participants, compared against mental work. Similarly, a study designed by a research group at the University of Exeter in conjunction with Indoor Garden Design found that having plants in a workspace could help to increase creativity, well-being and productivity. The study, which was conducted at the 2013 RHS Chelsea Flower Show and included 350 participants found that an office plant-enhanced workspace can increase productivity by 45 per cent, well-being by 47 per cent and productivity by 38 per cent.
The Mother’s Day Plant Special which includes hand delivery to you (or your Mum’s) door on Mother’s Day. You can choose either a Peace Lily or Ficus as part of the special.
Did you know the glossy and rubbery leaves of the Ficus gave it its other name, the Rubber Tree Plant (yes, like the one mentioned in that classic Frank Sinatra song!)? The Ficus can also cause mild irritation to the skin and stomachs of cats and dogs, so it’s best to let mum know this if she has pets.
Once you have decided on which plant you wish to go with, you can then choose your favourite ceramic pot (either teal or blush), write a special note for the gift tag, and we will deliver your gift-wrapped plant on Sunday the 12th of May to your nominated location in the Metro Melbourne area. Delivery is included and stock is limited so be sure to pre-order your plant so Mum doesn't miss out!