Living plants provide a welcome breath of fresh air on Valentine’s Day, a moment in the dead of winter when we simultaneously stop to celebrate our loved ones as we start to suffer from cabin fever. While a dozen red roses is a classic floral gift to say “I Love You,” there are other options that stay alive longer – and get better with time.
Cut flowers are beautiful, but they only last so long. Why give roses that will only last a week or two when you can go with a vibrant plant that can keep adding color to your special someone’s life for years?
Luckily, there’s a plant for every style, favorite color, and personality. Plus, these plants will continue to bloom for months and months. Check out some of my favorite houseplants to gift this Valentine’s Day.
Red aglaonema is one of the easiest and most stylish plants you can grow. A relatively new variety to the houseplant world, this showy plant offers leaves that are streaked and stripped with seasonal shades of bright red, pink, white, and chartreuse. Your loved one is sure to enjoy and admire it for years to come!
Grow red aglaonema practically anywhere – it thrives in both low light and bright. It prefers a humid environment, but doesn’t mind dry air, either. Water red aglaonema when the top inch or two of the potting mix dries.
Show your love with a plant that has heart-shaped leaves and flowers! Anthuriums bloom in festive shades of red and pink, as well as white, purple, orange, and other tones. A happy anthurium will bloom for years. The flowers hold up well, too — with warmth and humidity, they last for months. What's better, anthuriums bloom on and off all year long.
Grow anthurium in a bright spot indoors with average- or above-average humidity levels. Water when the top inch or so of the potting mix dries. Fertilizing with a general-purpose houseplant fertilizer a few times a year can help you get more flowers.
Bold, exotic bromeliads are showstoppers. These dramatic plants are actually related to pineapples and offer a tropical feel — so they’re perfect for this time of year. Your special someone will love their sensational stalks of red, pink, purple, orange, yellow, or white flowers. Some types also offer attractively variegated leaves.
Grow bromeliads in a bright, humid spot. Low humidity can cause leaf tips to turn brown. Water when the top inch of the potting mix feels dry to the touch.
Desert Gems is a variety of bright, colorful cacti. You can find them in ruby red, amethyst purple, topaz yellow, emerald green, or garnet orange – so there’s a look for everyone. Grow them in a bright spot and water once every two or three weeks; enough to keep the plants from shriveling.
About the Author
Justin Hancock is a Costa Farms garden expert. He’s passionate about plants and loves growing houseplants, tropicals, annuals, and perennials. Justin has a wealth of experience gardening all the way from Northern Minnesota to Miami. In addition to being a gardener, Justin is a garden writer and spent 10 years as a gardening editor at Better Homes and Gardens magazine.More Content by Costa Farms