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Need a good mother’s day gift for my grandmother. I was thinking about indoor flowers but she would need something low-maintenance …any suggestions?

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  1. maggiemay720 wrote on :

    I you want something else that may bring her some joy …. how about a memory book….photos of friends and family members. It will bring hours of fun stories and happy memories!

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  2. Kylee Baumle wrote on :

    Hi! There are a lot of good choices for indoor houseplants, but not many of them have flowers that are very exciting. One pretty plant that has pristine white flowers is the Peace Lily. It’s easily found and is very easy to care for, too. It doesn’t need bright light, which is perfect for most homes. Another suggestion is a Phalaenopsis orchid, sometimes called a moth orchid. Contrary to popular belief, these orchids are not difficult to grow or care for. Its blooms last a very long time and they actually do better if they’re a bit neglected. As long as the moss or bark medium is kept moist to damp (not soggy), they’ll do fine. They like bright light, but not direct sun. They’re much more affordable than they were a few years ago, and lots of different colors are available. If she has a really sunny window, a Martha Washington geranium is nice. They like it on the dry side of things, so if she forgets to water when it needs it for a day or so, it should still be fine. The blooms are fabulous on this variety!

    If you want a cut flower, the longest lasting ones are alstroemerias. You can often find them in the floral department at grocery stores. They’re somewhat exotic looking and they come in a variety of colors. You can also find them as a potted plant, and depending on where your grandmother lives, she may be able to plant it outside later, if she wants. Most are hardy to zone 6 and warmer.

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  3. necoop wrote on :

    I, too, love African Violets and Succulents. They thrive in spite of ourselves. All they ask is good light, a little water and food, and an occasional pot of fresh soil.

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  4. Joan Ross wrote on :

    I have to chuckle when I read this! We always buy mom a low maintainable plant for most holidays
    Most are reasonable and at the supermarket florist section.
    Choose from the polka dot ( freckle face ) plant, shamrock plant( 4 leaf clover plant ), which have tiny and pink or white blooms. Impatience is another easy plant with loads of colorful flowers all year long. Kalanchoe and African violets are other easy care plants too. Wrap the pot in colorful foil and tie a ribbon on to make your flowering plant more festive. The peace lily is also another alternative as well as flowering cacti

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  5. backyarder1 wrote on :

    I would suggest African Violets. They are beautiful and very easy to care for. They bloom often with just a little bit of indoor light. And they can even be propagated by cutting off a leaf and sticking it in water.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saintpaulia

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  6. KelleyG wrote on :

    Anthuriums are a great idea as they are colorful — think of big bright red or pinkish leaves the size of the inside of your palm at the center of the plant, mixed with shiny green leaves. I also like Azaleas if your grandmother has a sunny window as they will bloom all year long and come in a wide variety of beautiful colorful flowers and can last for years, and they are low-maintenance, which I love too! Because of the constant flowering however they are thirsty and need frequent watering, and with blooms comes the shedding of blooms, so they can be dusted up with a weekly household cleaning. It can be so lovely to have flowers year round right in your kitchen or living room. For low light and super low maintenance consider a peace lily with it’s striking white plume amid opulent green foliage. They can handle neglect and can pop back to life fairly easily. Have fun in the garden center choosing your plants!

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  7. Susan Jacobson wrote on :

    I went to Hobby Lobby and bought the most real looking silk flowers and made a hand bouquet with a very pretty bow. She loved it and put it right on her bed. If you have a Michaels or Hobby Lobby, they have such beautiful REAL looking flowers that will last forever.

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  8. Debbie Nye wrote on :

    first find out if she likes plants, not everyone does. If she likes flowers or green foliage. Some plants are low to no maintainence such as a cacti which can also bloom. your local nursery will best be able to assist you with low cost and availability of various plants. Good luck!

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    • Samantha Pandolfo wrote on :

      Thanks! I have a lot to think about. This is all great stuff…I will probably get her more than one plant now!

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  9. Shelley Sparks wrote on :

    Hi sjp,
    As also a feng shui expert, I can suggest lucky bamboo or the money plant. Lucky bamboo will support your grandmother’s good health and abundance. I love to add the dimension of luck or support to a gift because it is as if you are giving two gifts for one. If you prefer to give a flowering plant, I would like to add to the great suggestions you have gotten so far. African violets are so easy to care for and I have two sitting in my window that have flowered almost continuously for the last 3 years. Another thought that I had is to send her some of the great herbs if she is into cooking.
    Good luck and I know that whatever you choose will be the perfect gift for her especially since it comes from you.

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  10. rotubre wrote on :

    One of the best indoor plants I give as a gift that does not require much care is the anthurium plant – beautiful glossy leaves with a red waxy-like flower. I always get a wonderful response, especially years later when they still have a healthy plant.

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    • Samantha Pandolfo wrote on :

      Hmmm…I’ve never heard of Succulents or an Anthurium plant…I will have to look those up and see what they look like! Thanks this is great advice!

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  11. Greenwoman wrote on :

    Yes! Succulents! They are easy to maintain indoors as long as she can provide good light for them. I recommend either a lovely Jade plant or a bright flowering Kalanchoe, since both can be allowed to go dry between waterings. You are so sweet to remember her, too, this coming Mother’s Day. Pam

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  12. Helene Wollin wrote on :

    sjp – are you talking about cut flowers or a plant? In cut flowers, the longest lasting ones are mums, irises, and carnations, that I know of. In terms of plants, I’d find her a nice potted mum with some flowers but also a lot of buds – I think the ones with small flowers look tidier for a longer period of time. If you are ordering this through a florist or over the internet or something, then you have no control; if you are going to buy it, either ask the shop to knock it out of the pot, loosen the roots a bit and put it back into the pot or a slightly larger pot with compost mixed in with the mix it was grown in, or you can do that yourself. Commercial potting mixes dry out really quickly and if you’d like this to last as long as possible and give your grandmom a good long floral display, something that will feed the plant and hold moisture is a better idea than the standard grow mix or peat moss.

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    • Samantha Pandolfo wrote on :

      Yes, more of a potted plant. Thanks so much! I’m definitely going to the shop and I like mums so that’s perfect!

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