Gifts for Gardeners this Holiday Season
The holiday season is here, and that means finding the perfect holiday gifts for gardeners and other friends and family on your gift list.
The holiday season is here, and that means making a gift list and checking it at least twice. Some friends and family members are easy to buy for, but others…well, not so much. Fortunately, when it comes to finding great gifts for gardeners, we’ve got you covered.
For those on your gift list with a home, a garden or a homestead, we’ve selected some of our favorite gift ideas. They include a cozy space heater for keeping warm during the winter, an attractive pot for growing cacti and succulents, a labor-saving way to plant bulbs, and colorful houseplants to brighten the holiday season.
All of these gifts can be purchased online for quick delivery in time for the holiday season. So here’s our annual list of great gifts for gardeners and anyone who appreciates a bright, colorful and cozy home.
Gifts for Gardeners
Here’s how to grow indoor plants in a colorful container
Looking for gifts for gardeners that have a sense of style? The new Cacti and Succulent Pot has more than a dozen little pockets where small plants of all kinds can thrive both indoors and outside. It’s shaped like a traditional strawberry pot, but the modern Cacti and Succulent Pot is sleek and chic enough to fit into any decor. Just fill the container with potting soil and tuck a small plant into each pocket. It’s a perfect place to grow cacti, succulents and herbs. It’s a great gift for gardeners, homeowners and even apartment dwellers.
The high-gloss Cacti and Succulent Pot is available in four designer colors: turquoise, Mojave red, anthracite gray and white. The ceramic pot is 8 inches in diameter and 10 inches high, so it fits comfortably on any counter. It also makes a terrific centerpiece on a kitchen or dining table. The Cacti and Succulent Pot is available at Wayfair.com, Hayneedle.com and Amazon.com. For more information visit www.exaco.com or call 877-760-8500.
Keep warm and cozy this winter
Everyone likes the feel of warm, cozy toes–especially in the wintertime. An energy-efficient space heater will keep you warm, and it’s a smart way to keep heating costs down during the coldest months of the year.
The Cozy Legs Flat Panel Heater combines both radiant and convection heat to create a powerful personal heater that gently warms legs and feet. The energy-efficient design means this sleek and compact heater uses only 13 percent of the electricity of a standard 1,500-watt space heater. This versatile heater will fit virtually anywhere from the floor to a desktop. Its light weight and molded-in handle make moving the heater easy. The Cozy Legs Flat Panel Heater makes any indoor space warm and toasty. It sells for $65.45 from www.cozyproducts.com.
A rainbow of colors to brighten any room
A swirl of colors in tones of golden-yellow, pink, red and white makes this Trio of Christmas Cactus a beautiful flowering plant for the holiday season and beyond. The head grower at Logee’s Greenhouses has an eye for color and created this eye-catching trio of plants, which has become a top-seller this season. This Trio of Cactus includes these varieties: ‘Christmas Flame,’ ‘Cristen’ and ‘Dark Marie.’ The plants should bloom just in time for the holidays, at the flowers will provide a colorful boost to any home. Christmas Cactus grows well in full-to-partial sun, and it likes to dry out between waterings.
The recipient of this beautiful gift will enjoy the lush colors that these blooms offer. The plant will get up to 12 inches tall. The Trio of Christmas Cactus is planted in a 5-inch pot and sells for $24.95 from Logees.com
Digging holes has never been easier
A list of gifts for gardeners should always include something for that friend or family member who likes to dig in the dirt. There is no longer any reason to dig holes the old-fashioned way, because planting augers from Power Planter make digging holes fast and easy. These sturdy metal planting augers are the perfect tools for planting all kinds of plants and even for aerating soil in garden beds.
The Homeowner Starter Pack from Power Planter contains two of the most popular digging augers. The Garden Planting Auger digs holes that are 2 inches wide and 7 inches deep—the ideal size for planting annual bedding plants. The larger Bulb Auger and Bedding Plant Tool digs 3-inch-wide holes up to 7 inches deep, so it’s perfect for digging holes for larger bedding plants in the spring and for flower bulbs in the fall.
The planting augers have a 3/8-inch, non-slip hex drill bit end that fits into any standard cordless or corded power drill. Simply put the planting auger into the drill, tighten it up, use the power drill to quickly drill to the maximum depth of the auger, and lift the auger out of the hole. Drop a plant or bulb in the hole, and then refill the hole with the loose soil the auger has removed. It’s that easy. The Homeowner Starter Pack of two planting augers sells for $37.79 from PowerPlanter.com.
An Amaryllis gift that keeps on giving
Amaryllis bulbs are a perfect choice for indoor growing, and they brighten a home in the winter season with their huge, long lasting flowers. These easy-to-grow bulbs are at the top of the list of gifts for gardeners, but they also make great gifts for friends and family members who think they can’t grow anything.
The most common Amaryllis flowers are deep red, but other varieties are also available.A beautiful Amaryllis variety called ‘Picotee’ is a sure winner because of its large white flowers that have a bright red border at the edge of its petals. The huge bulbs will bloom with a minimum of care. Just plant the bulb in a 6-inch diameter pot using high-quality potting mix. Place the pot in a warm, sunny window and in only 6 to 8 weeks the bulb produce a gorgeous living bouquet. Many Amaryllis varieties including Picotee are available from www.HighCountryGardens.com starting at less than $15.
Attract and enjoy Monarch butterflies
In the last 20 years, the population of Monarch butterflies has dropped by 90%. But thanks to the efforts of a growing army of citizen scientists, students, and gardeners all over North America, this beloved pollinator’s habitat is being restored.
In the beautifully illustrated book The Monarch: Saving our Most-Loved Butterfly by Kylee Baumle, readers learn the story of a magnificent species of butterfly, the perils it faces and what we can do to help. This beautifully illustrated book gives the most up-to-date information, fun facts, and projects for all ages-including how to create a monarch waystation in your backyard and how to raise a monarch at home. The Monarch Collection Gift Set combines this delightful book with four varieties of flower seeds that are essential to the health and future of Monarch butterflies. Just follow the planting instructions on the seed packets to grow Milkweed/Butterfly Flower, Zinnia “Cut and Come Again,” Common Milkweed and Purple Coneflower (Echinacea). The Monarch Collection gift sells for $24.99 from Botanical Interests.
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