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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!

Garden writer and blogger, author of more than 60 gardening books, the laidback gardener, Larry Hodgson, lives and gardens in Quebec City, Canada. The Laidback Gardener blog offers more than 2,500 articles to passionate home gardeners, always with the goal of demystifying gardening and making it easier for even novice gardeners. If you have a gardening question, enter it in Search: the answer is probably already there!

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