Laidback Gardener Tip of the Days

Green Gift for New Year’s

décembre 30There are no traditional plants for New Year’s like there is for Christmas, but it’s always interesting to offer a plant, flowering or not, as a gift when you visit relatives or friends during the holiday season.

If you don’t know how green the recipient’s thumb is, consider offering a shade-tolerant foliage plant (philodendron, dieffenbachia, aglaonema, etc.). That’s because most people underestimate the light requirements of houseplants and then lose them, because without proper lighting, no plant can live very long. By offering as a gift a plant that can tolerate even the darkest corners, it is almost certain that the recipient will manage to grow it not only for a few months but for years. That way your gift will be really appreciated!

Larry Hodgson is one of Canada’s best-known garden communicators. He has notably been editor-in-chief of HousePlant Magazine, Fleurs, Plantes et Jardins, À Fleur de Pot and Houseplant Forum magazines and is currently the garden correspondent for Le Soleil and radio garden commentator for CKIA-FM Radio. He has written for many garden publications in both the United States and Canada, including Canadian Gardening, Harrowsmith, Horticulture, Fine Gardening and Organic Gardening. He also speaks frequently to horticultural groups throughout Canada and the U.S. His book credits include The Garden Lover’s Guide to Canada, Complete Guide to Houseplants, Making the Most of Shade, Perennials for Every Purpose, Annuals for Every Purpose, and Houseplants for Dummies, as well as nearly 60 other titles in English and French. He is a past president of the Garden Writers Association (now Garden Communicators International) and the winner of the prestigious 2006 Garden Media Promoter Award offered by the Perennial Plant Association. He resides in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

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