50+ Best Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Plant Lovers

Title of post with couple exchanging gifts and hearts in the background

In this post I’ve handpicked a variety of perfect gifts for plant-lovers, with gifts like the Valentine’s Day Plant Mug, a heart-shaped succulent planter, and a preorder-ready mini heart planter & succulent gift box, which is a thoughtful way to support your special someone’s green passion. For those looking beyond plants, options span from humorous plant stakes to unique plant-themed jewelry, ensuring that every plant enthusiast finds something to cherish this Valentine’s Day.

Struggling to find that perfectly unique Valentine’s gift for the plant lover in your life?

You want a thoughtful gift that says “I care for you”, but then maybe you want something that they would also enjoy. And you might not be the biggest green thumb yourself. But you’re in luck! …

As a seasoned horticulturist and plant parent to many of my own plant babies, I’ve become well-versed in the realm of all things houseplants, as well as all things necessary for houseplant care (and those things that are simply for pure enjoyment!). Tailoring to a wide range of personal taste and practicality, my reviews in this post are here to help you pick out the best item for your own plant lover. (Or if this is you, sneak this gift guide into your man’s briefcase! *wink!*)

So here is my list of over 50 Valentine’s Day gifts to give the plant lover in your life!

*Note: To find the links to purchase any of these gifts, check out my page, Valentine’s Day Gifts Purchasing Page.

Valentine’s Day Plants – Live Plant Gift Ideas:

1. String of Hearts Live Plant

The string of hearts plant is literally a plant with heart-shaped leaves all along each vine. This gives you a cascade of hearts trailing down the sides of your pot. And as this plant is a hoya, it enjoys brighter light, but it also needs to dry out in between watering, so this is the perfect plant for someone in a bright office, or as a nice windowsill plant. My personal favorite is this pink variegated one! It’s the perfect way to show the plant lover in your life that you love them!

string of hearts plant in a nursery pot

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2. Heartleaf Philodendrons 

The heartleaf philodendron is another great houseplant to give as a valentine’s day gift! The soft, heart-shaped leaves on the philodendron are a bit more full than the string of hearts plant. But that comes with its advantages as well! The heartleaf philodendron doesn’t need as much sunlight as the string of hearts, so it is a nice, more formal houseplant for locations with low to medium light. You can choose one of three main varieties: the classic green heartleaf philodendron, the bright green variegated Brazil variety, and the soft red Velvet philodendron. Any one of these three plants would make a beautiful valentines day gift for the plant lover in your life!

heartleaf philodendron plant in a white and cream ceramic pot

3. Hoya kerrii

The hoya kerrii is one of the most widely-sold houseplants for valentines day. This is because of their perfect heart-shaped leaves that look great, even as a single leaf in a small pot! However, something that I wasn’t aware of until I purchased one of these cute hoya hearts is that it will not grow more leaves unless the cutting it was taken from contains a portion of the stem tissue. This means that as long as you care for it, it will stay a perfect little heart leaf. But if you want something that will continue to grow and produce more leaves, then you will most likely need to purchase a hoya kerrii that has more than just a single leaf to ensure that it continues to grow. That being said, I think that this heart leaf makes the best valentine’s day gift for someone trying to keep things simple, but meaningful.

hoya kerrii plant with "I love you" inscrbed on the leaf in a white ceramic pot

4. Succulent Planter

This is the ultimate gift for succulent lovers! These succulent planters contain a beautiful array of succulents of various textures and colors, ensuring a stunning heart-shaped planter! So if your special someone is a fan of succulents and has a bright sunny spot for these beauties, then this would make a unique gift that they will have for years to come! 

wooden heart-shaped planter with colorful succulents inside

5. Pet-friendly Plants

There isn’t much better than showing your loved one that you know them and you care for what they care about. This is particularly important for plant lovers who are also animal lovers! One of the best gifts you can give one of these big-hearted people is a pet-friendly houseplant! This show them that you care about their passion, and that you listen to them enough to get a plant that won’t hurt their furry friends as well. So check out my list of pet friendly houseplants and pick one out for that caring person in your life!

a variegated calathea plant in a nursery pot

6. Carnivorous Plants

Carnivorous plants can be a lot of fun! These plants make great gifts for people who tend to be “houseplant collectors”. This is because carnivorous plants are unique and require particular care routines, but they can be worth it simply for the “cool” factor! Because who wouldn’t want to watch a plant devour that pesky fly that has been buzzing around your food all day?! This could be a great gift for men, friends, or anyone who would love a plant that beats the food chain!

a pitcher plant in a nursery pot

7. Air Plant Box

This particular air plant kit is a unique gift in that each one is truly one-of-a-kind! It includes a live air plant suspended over a purple agate stone (known as a stone for healing and creativity). This, along with its color vibrancy and small footprint, makes it perfect for office desks or table decor. And then, you can choose the perfect messaging for your box to ensure that it works for you. With messages ranging from “You’re My Weirdo” to “Love” to “Thinking of You” this gift works for whatever situation you might find yourself in. So order one of these beautiful air plants today!

an air plant suspended over a purple agate with a box that says "hug"

8. Moth Orchid

Moth orchids, or phaelanopsis orchids, are one of the most popular gifts given as live plants due to their beautiful blooms that can last several months! They are also relatively easy to care for and can even grow a second set of blooms shortly after finishing its first bloom. So if you’re looking for a lovely gift for a friend, or for a stunning romantic gift, consider purchasing an orchid for a flowering plant that will last for years.

a dark magenta flowering orchid in a white pot

9. Red Roses

Red roses are one of the classical gifts that are sent on valentines day, and for good reason! The flower is literally the place on the plant where the male and female parts are together in one beautiful display. (In most cases… I’m not going to get technical here about flower types and plant propagation, lol!) So this is why the flower is traditionally sent as a gift to lovers, with the rose being the ultimate sign of romantic love. You really can’t go wrong with red roses on valentines day. Especially for someone who already loves plants!

a vase of red roses

10. Blushing Bromeliad

The blushing bromeliad is a fun, unique gift for plant lovers. This is because it isn’t one of the typical beautiful plants that most people collect, but with its brilliant pinks and reds in the center, they work fabulously for this holiday! Consider placing it in a red or pink decorative pot, or a contrasting green to really make the color pop. And then in time your special someone will also be surprised with a brilliant flower stalk! This is why bromeliads are excellent gifts. They work for both houseplant lovers, as well as flower lovers with their brilliant display of year-round colors!

a pink and cream striped bromeliad in a nursery pot

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11. Love Fern

Any fans of “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days”?! I know love ferns were popular before this movie, but I believe this is what really made the idea of “love ferns” take off! So if you want to show your loved one that you are committed to them in your relationship, consider getting them a love fern. And don’t go for the Boston fern (these can be difficult and messy indoors), but instead opt for an easier fern such as a Bird’s Nest Fern, Maidenhair fern, or Rabbit’s Foot Fern. These are all much cleaner houseplants and are also easier to keep alive. So consider adding a “love fern” to your relationship!

a maidenhair fern in a "rooted" box that says "14-day guarantee"

12. Tricolor Hoya Krimson Queen

The tricolor hoya ‘Krimson Queen’ is one of the best hoya plants for a valentines day gift in my opinion. This is because these beautiful hoya leaves are variegated in an amazing pink color that makes this plant absolutely stunning! It is a meaningful gift that your special someone will be showing off to all of their plant friends!

a tricolor hoya krimson queen in a nursery pot

13. Plant Gift Box

For those of us who want to get something a bit larger for our loved ones, consider a plant gift box! This includes a live indoor plant, a plant-themed mug or wine glass, a bookmark, keychain, and several stickers (all gorgeous plant-themed, of course!). This plant gift box is perfect for gifting a co-worker, best friend, sibling, or even a significant other. And the best part is that the plant you receive is a surprise! So bring some houseplant joy to your plant lover’s life with this fun plant gift box!

a box with a dracaena, monstera mug, bookmark, plant stake, and plant stickers

14. Hammered Hearts Live Succulent Arrangement

This live succulent arrangement is another option of succulent plants in a smaller, more upright arrangement. This is a beautiful option for those who might not have the space for the larger heart-shaped planter. But this arrangement is still not without its own charm. The metallic hammered hearts add a 3-D depth to this beautiful arrangement of succulents and is sure to be a hit with your special someone!

an arrangement of succulents in a pot with hearts all over it

15. Blooming Kalanchoe

Kalanchoe is another very popular houseplant that is sold widely during this season. This is because these plants can bloom for a long period of time and come in a wide range of reds, pinks, and creams. These are perfect for valentine’s day gifts, although I would recommend that they be used more as a friendly gift. If you are looking for a romantic plant, it would be one of the orchids or roses. But they do make a beautiful appreciation gift for someone who is special to you.

a kalanchoe with pink blooms

16. Gift Card

If you know your special someone would love to have a nice houseplant of their own, but you aren’t sure about which new plants they would like, a gift card can be your best gift. Try to find one of their favorite nurseries, or maybe even a personalized coupon to treat them to a plant of their choice at their favorite plant store! Either one would be a great gift that could then turn into a fun plant shopping date that would leave your plant lover excited for your next outing together!

a hand holding a red gift card over a red background

17. Rose Succulent – Aeonium Aurea

The Rose Succulent, scientifically known as Aeonium Aurea, is an enchanting addition to any plant collection. This particular species of succulent boasts a vibrant rose-like appearance that is sure to captivate anyone who lays eyes on it, including your special someone! And by including a special message, such as “Stay Beautiful” or “Grow Strong”, you can personalize this gift to work for any situation you need for this Valentine’s Day!

an aeonium aurea succulent

18. “You are my Happy Place” Succulent Box

This adorable succulent box includes a live succulent, terracotta pot in the color of your choice, and a heartwarming message that you can handpick from a wide range of choices. These are perfect for loved ones, children, siblings, and even as appreciation gifts to teachers, coworkers, or role models in your life. You can also choose to add on a wide range of items including bath bombs, scented candles, art prints, or even small candies. This is truly a great gift to send to anyone on your list of plant lovers this Valentine’s day!

an open gift box with a succulent, a pot, and a sign reading "you are my happy place"

19. Plant Parenthood Monthly Subscription Box (Live Plant)

For those who can’t get enough of plants, we have the Plant Parenthood Monthly Subscription Box. This box is designed to keep your plant enthusiast engaged with new varieties each month. Packed with surprise goodies such as rare plant cuttings, plant care essentials like fertilizers and moss poles, and even exclusive plant-related art prints or decorative pots. Each subscription box comes with detailed care instructions for every item included so that caring for the newly acquired additions becomes a breeze. Your plant lover will be thrilled every single month they receive their box. Trust me… this is one item I would LOVE if my hubby got it for me! (maybe I’ll casually send him this latest post, lol!)

a gift box with a plant, a candle, a card, two decorative dish towels and a plant sticker

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for the Gardener:

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20. Bonsai Kit

Bonsai kits are a fun project for those who love to work with their hands. These kits include everything you need to create a beautiful bonsai tree. And you can often find them on Amazon prime to include free shipping!

a bonsai tree kit with a bonsai tree, woven pots, stakes, coir soil, seeds, pruning shears, and a starter guide

21. Funny Plant Stakes

While a small gift, these funny plant stakes make a great gift for those who love to laugh! The punny plant jokes will always bring a smile to their face, as well as help them keep their seedllings straight! So if your special someone loves to laugh as their love language, then consider getting them these funny plant stakes!

three pots with houseplants on a shelf; plant stakes in them read "thrives on neglect", "I dig you", and "drama queen"

22. Herb Garden Kits

For those who love to cook with fresh ingredients, herb garden kits are not only fun, but they are also extremely helpful. These are one of the easiest ways to grow small edible plants or herbs indoors. These herb gardens provide both the long hours of light that most herbs need, but they also provide steady water, since most of these kits are hydroponic and can even let you know when water levels are getting low. These kits are really a set-and-forget method to gardening!

Check out my review of the Best Herb Garden Kits!

aerogarden herb garden kit with a variety of herbs growing

23. Gardener of the Year Coffee Mug

This cute little mug is a great way to show your love for the plant person in your life! This pot mug even comes with its own little mini shovel to stir in your sugar and cream! Because every gardener needs their trusty shovel. Especially the gardener of the year!

mug shaped like a ceramic pot that reads "gardener of the year" with a mini silver shovel spoon

Gift Ideas for the Practical Planting Essentials:

24. Air Plant Moon Pot

This air plant moon pot is a lovely decor piece to place your plants in! I feel that this might be too small to put a potted plant inside, but it would look amazing with several colorful air plants inside! So if your plant lover enjoys their tillandsias, then consider gifting them this moon pot to place their air plants inside!

copper hanging moon pot with fake succulents inside

25. Inspirational Propagation Station

These propagation stations are not your typical propagation station! This one comes along with messages of love and support that reminds your loved one of your care for them every time they see their plants rooting. This is a gorgeous gift for the special plant lover in your life!

propagation station holding four plant cuttings, engraved with encouraging words

26. Baby Groot Pot

Add character to your plant lover’s collection with this adorable Baby Groot pot! Inspired by the popular Guardians of the Galaxy character, this little pot is perfect for small succulents or cacti. Not only will it bring a smile to their face, but it will also add a whimsical touch to their indoor garden. 

bust of groot with succulent growing out the top

27. Eco-friendly Plantable Pencils 

For the eco-conscious plant enthusiast, these plantable pencils are both practical and sustainable. Made from recycled paper and graphite, each pencil contains seeds at its tip. Once they’re done using the pencil, they can simply plant it in soil and watch as herbs or flowers grow in its place. It’s a unique gift that combines functionality with environmental consciousness.

plantable pencil with phrase "use, plant, grow" next to a pot with a basil plant and a basil pencil sticking out

28. Cozy Pot Holding Drink Planter

Perfect for those who love to relax with a hot cup of tea or coffee, this cozy pot holding drink planter is the ultimate gift. Handcrafted from ceramic, this unique gift is sure to be a conversation starter and a favorite addition to their home decor. 

two ceramic pots with plants growing in them and faces and arms looking like they are drinking from a cup and mug

29. Best Wife Ever Pot

This special edition Best Wife Ever pot is designed to make your wife feel extra loved and appreciated. Not only is this gift practical and aesthetically pleasing, but it also serves as a constant reminder of your love and admiration for your amazing partner. 

a person holding a box with three houseplant pots on top, the pots reading best, wife, and ever

30. Gardening Tools and Plant Mat

Encourage your special someone’s green thumb and help them cultivate a beautiful garden with this set of high-quality gardening set of tools and a plant mat. This gift includes everything a gardener would need to care for their plants, including the plant mat that would help them keep everything clean and organized! So if you’re wanting to encourage their gardening passion, consider getting them this inclusive gardening set!

collage of images showing plant mat, soil, houseplants, and gardening tools

31. Hanging Plant Shelf

If your plant enthusiast has run out of space on their window sills and shelves, this hanging plant shelf is the perfect solution. Designed with style in mind, this shelf effortlessly suspends from the ceiling or wall, providing additional room for their beloved greens to thrive. With its modern design and sturdy construction, this gift will not only enhance their plant collection but also complement any home decor.

houseplants on 3 clear shelves hanging from the wall

32. Floating Bonsai Planter Pot

This modern floating bonsai planter will make any man proud to show off his latest creation! The innovative design of this planter allows the bonsai tree to hover above the base, making it seem weightless and majestic. Any plant lover would be impressed when they receive this gift, and immediately want to show it off to their friends! 

fern plant in floating mountain planter connected by rigid chain

33. Personalized Plant Pot

Nothing says I care about you more than a thoughtful, personalized gift. This plant pot allows you to add your loved one’s name or a special message, making it truly unique and sentimental. Whether they use it to hold their favorite indoor plant or another beloved green companion, this personalized plant pot is sure to brighten up any space and serve as a lovely reminder of your love and thoughtfulness.

a variety of houseplant pots with names and messages engraved into each one

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34. Tiny Terrarium Necklace

This tiny terrarium necklace is a unique and fashionable way for your plant-loving friend or loved one to show off their green thumb wherever they go. It features a small glass globe filled with a tiny living plant, creating an enchanting mini garden to bring with you wherever you go! Not only does it make a beautiful accessory, but it also serves as a constant reminder of your love and support of their own hobby.

a hand holding a card with a terrarium in a bottle necklace

35. Sage Leaf Ring

This Sage Leaf Silver Ring is the perfect accessory for any plant enthusiast. Its delicate design features a silver sage leaf, adding a touch of nature-inspired elegance. Made from sterling silver, this ring is not only beautiful but also durable, ensuring it will last for years to come. Consider buying this ring as a romantic gift for your significant other as a sign of your undying love. <3

a ring shaped like a sage leaf on some driftwood with lichen

36. Variegated Monstera Albo Necklace

Another unique gift idea for plant lovers is a variegated monstera albo necklace. This trendy accessory features a tiny replica of the highly coveted variegated monstera albo leaf, known for its beautiful cream-colored patches on dark green foliage. The necklace will leave your siignificant other utterly stunned at your thoughtful and beautiful gift.

bottle with a monstera necklace inside, then a closeup of the monstera shaped pendant

37. Plant-themed Phone Case

For those plant enthusiasts who can’t get enough of their leafy friends, why not surprise them with a plant-themed phone case? These cases are designed with intricate illustrations or photographs of various plants, flowers, or succulents that will surely make their phone stand out in style. Not only will it protect their device from scratches and bumps, but also showcase their botanical passion wherever they go.

an iphone case with various houseplant drawings

38. Scented Candles

Scented candles are a wonderful addition to any plant lover’s space, creating a calming and soothing environment. Choose scents that complement the plants in their collection or select ones known for their relaxing properties, such as lavender or chamomile. These fragrant candles will not only enhance the ambiance but also provide an opportunity for your loved one to unwind and relax while surrounded by their beloved greenery. And consider one of these plant puns to make your valentine laugh every time they see their adorable plant-themed scented candle!

a candle that reads "what the fucculent?! for when life can succ it."

39. Nature-inspired Wall Art

For plant enthusiasts who love to bring nature indoors, consider gifting them some nature-inspired wall art. Whether it’s a beautiful landscape painting or prints of botanical illustrations, these pieces can add an extra touch of greenery even if there isn’t enough space for more plants. The vibrant colors and intricate details will surely captivate the recipient and serve as a constant reminder of their passion for all things botanical.

a tryptic of green and white plant images hanging on a wall above a sofa

40. Crazy Plant Lady Gift Set

The Crazy Plant Lady Gift Set is a dream come true for any plant enthusiast. With a variety of items that celebrate the beauty and love of plants, it’s sure to bring joy to your plant lover’s life. This gift set contains a plant-themed tote, journal, pen, mug, socks, and a keychain… all houseplant-themed! If your special someone is truly a crazy plant lady, then I’m sure she will love some merchandise to display her crazy love of plants!

a gift box with a houseplant-themed tote, card, journal, pen, keychain, mug, and socks

41. Succulent Heart T-Shirt

This shirt is perfect for any succulent lover! Featuring a heart-shaped design made up of various succulents, this t-shirt is stylish and represents the love for these unique plants. Made from soft and breathable fabric, it ensures comfort all day long. Whether our crazy plant lady wants to show off her botanical obsession or simply add a touch of green to her wardrobe, this Succulent Heart T-Shirt will be a hit! Available in different sizes and colors, there’s an option for everyone.

42. Plant Alphabet Blanket

From the healing Aloe Vera to the vibrant Zebra Haworthia, every plant featured on this blanket is intricately illustrated and accompanied by its name. Made from soft, flannel material, this Plant Alphabet Blanket is perfect for snuggling up with a cup of tea and learning about different plant species. Whether used as a statement piece on a couch or as an educational tool in a nursery, this blanket will surely spark curiosity and admiration for the natural world. I find that this is an especially perfect gift for teachers or parents with young children. 

a person holding up a blanket with pictures and names of houseplants for every letter of the alphabet

43. Lego Orchid Set

The Lego Orchid Set is a fantastic gift option for plant and LEGO enthusiasts. This one-of-a-kind set allows you to build your very own orchid flower using LEGO bricks. The intricate details of the petals and leaves make it look incredibly realistic, even from a distance. Once assembled, this LEGO orchid can be displayed on a shelf or desk, bringing a touch of natural beauty into any space. Your puzzle-loving loved one will enjoy every minute of this hands-on gift!

an orchid in a pot lego set, along with a thank you card

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44. Plant Daddy T-Shirt

The Plant Daddy T-shirt is the perfect shirt for any plant-loving dad. With a fun and catchy design, it proudly showcases his love and dedication to taking care of his leafy green friends. Made from soft and comfortable fabric, this t-shirt is both stylish and durable, making it ideal for everyday wear or gardening adventures. Available in a variety of sizes, it’s suitable for all plant dads out there. Whether he’s potting plants or pruning leaves, this Plant Daddy T-Shirt will make him feel like the ultimate plant superhero.

a man wearing a tshirt that reads "plant daddy" with a male face and plant leaves for a beard

45. Plant Daddy Baseball Hat

Use the Plant Daddy Baseball Hat to complete your plant daddy’s look! Whether he’s out in the backyard or running errands, thishat will keep him looking cool and feeling proud of his green thumb skills. Pair it with the Plant Daddy T-Shirt for a complete plant-inspired ensemble that will make heads turn and fellow plant enthusiasts envious. Give your hubby the gift of style and passion with these must-have accessories for any true plant daddy! 

a baseball cap that reads "plant daddy" on a bed of succulents and soil

46. Sun Catcher Plant Stake

The Sun Catcher Plant Stake shows off a beautiful dangling gemstone. This gemstone pendant hanging from the stake glimmers and shines when sunlight catches it, creating a mesmerizing effect as it reflects rays of light in different colors. This enchanting display will definitely be a show-stopper and will bring a smile to your plant lover’s face every time they see it shine. Pair it with a romantic quote about how they are the sun in your darkest days, and you’ve got a beautiful, romantic, and heartfelt gift your special someone will absolutely love!

a philodendron with a curved plant stake with a shimmering crystal pendant hanging from it

47. Stained Glass Gnome Plant Stake

The Stained Glass Gnome Plant Stake adds a whimsical touch to any garden or potted plant. This adorable gnome design is made from colorful stained glass, creating a vibrant and eye-catching display. The sunlight illuminates the stained glass, casting beautiful patterns of light and color onto the surrounding area. It’s as if this little gnome is bringing joy and magic into your loved one’s garden.

a potted dracaena with a stained glass gnome holding a heart stake

48. Silver Olive Leaf Ring

The olive tree is an ancient symbol of peace and friendship. It also has Roman and Jewish symbolism of protection and the divine power. This silver olive leaf ring can be a message to your loved one of your friendship and love. This is a beautiful gift to any plant lover that you can make special and unique between the two of you.

a silver ring shaped like olive leaves on a blurred background

49. Wish Necklace

This wish necklace is perfect for someone who loves magical and meaningful jewelry. The delicate necklace features a glass pendant filled with a dandelion seed, (or a wish), symbolizing hope and the power of dreams coming true. This wish necklace will surely bring joy to your loved one’s heart every time they wear it close to their chest. Make it even more personal with a note about how they made your wishes come true, or name the wish and include a promise that you will achieve that wish together. The possibilities of meaning behing this gift are endless, with each option being more personal and romantic than the last.

a closeup of a necklace pendant with two dandelion seeds inside a clear casing

50. Houseplant Pot Decor

This houseplant pot decor makes it appear as if brightly colored octopus arms are swirling out of the plant. This valentine’s day gift is perfect for the plant lover who also loves to laugh! Not only does this unique decoration showcase your partner’s love for plants, but it also reflects their joyful personality. It serves as a reminder that life should be filled with laughter, even in the smallest details. Every time they water, this charming gift will make them feel special and appreciated not just on Valentine’s Day but every day they smile at their magnificent octopus-infused plant!

a houseplant in a pot with curvy blue octapus tentacles coming out of it

51. Plant-Themed Puzzle Set

For those who love puzzles just as much as they adore plants, this Plant-Themed Puzzle Set is an ideal gift. With its assortment of botanical illustrations and assortment of colorful plant leaves, putting together these puzzles becomes an immersive journey into nature’s wonderland. From bromeliads to begonias, each puzzle is carefully crafted to captivate both the eyes and mind.

a box that states "houseplant jungle bulti puzzle set" with colorful leaves printed all over it

52. Plant a Kiss Book

This is a gorgeous book about planting kindness and reaping what you sow. It is a beautiful gift for any plant parent who is also a parent to young children, or to gift to a young child or a teacher. Because who wouldn’t want a cute book with a great message, that also talks about planting things!

the book cover with the title, author and illustrator named, and a girl throwing seeds into the air

In Closing: The Perfect Gift For Your Loved One

With a wide array of over 50 thoughtful and delightful Valentine’s Day gifts for plant lovers, our top picks are tailored to surprise and enchant any plant enthusiast on this special day. Some things to consider when purchasing your gift:

  • Consider maintenance, aesthetic, and the personal touch when choosing a plant-related gift.
  • If selecting a live plant, consider the space that they have available, whether they need a small office plant, or they would welcome a larger houseplant.
  • Don’t hesitate to explore alternative gifts that cater to plant lovers, such as herb garden kits, scented candles, or unique plant-themed jewelry.

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This Valentine’s Day, let your gifts reflect the growth and beauty of your relationship with selections that resonate with your loved one’s passion for plants. From unique mugs, heart-shaped planters, to customized succulent boxes, there’s plenty of choices to ensure your gift brings a smile to your valentine’s face this year!

Valentine’s Day Gifts for Plant Lovers FAQs

What makes a gift appropriate for a plant lover on Valentine’s Day?

A gift that caters to a plant lover’s passion on Valentine’s Day should preferably have a personal touch that resonates with their love for plants. Such gifts often incorporate plant or nature-inspired elements, can involve an aspect of plant care, and ideally symbolize growth and nurturing – much like love in a relationship. Plant-themed gifts like special planters, botanical jewelry, or even a new plant to care for are often well-received.

How can I ensure the plant gift will be delivered on time for Valentine’s Day?

To ensure timely delivery of your plant gift for Valentine’s Day, consider ordering well in advance, especially for custom items that require preorder. Checking the seller’s shipping policy and deadlines for Valentine’s deliveries is also crucial. Always look for vendors that guarantee delivery by or before the special day, and consider backup options if uncertain about shipping times.

What are some low-maintenance valentine’s day plant gifts?

Low-maintenance plant gifts are ideal for those who love plants but may not have much time for upkeep. Succulents, air plants, and certain types of cacti make perfect options, as they require minimal water and care. Look for gifts like a succulent arrangement in a heart-shaped planter or a set of air plants that can be creatively displayed with minimal fuss.

Are there any pet-friendly plant options for Valentine’s Day?

Yes, there are numerous pet-friendly plants that make great Valentine’s Day gifts. Some safe options include spider plants, moth orchids, and certain varieties of ferns. When choosing a plant gift for a pet owner, it’s essential to ensure that the plant is non-toxic to their animals to keep both the recipient and their pets happy and safe.

Can I find plant-themed gifts that aren’t actual plants?

Certainly, for those who prefer to give a lasting gift that doesn’t require plant care, consider plant-themed items such as botanical prints, plant lover apparel, scented candles with floral or earthy scents, or even plant-inspired jewelry. These types of gifts can still capture the essence of a plant lover’s passion without the need for watering and maintenance.

18 Beautiful and Edible Vines for your Home Landscape

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Here’s the thing… a lot of us love the look of beautiful vines climbing fences or trellises, or maybe even over an arbor. There are many unique and downright stunning vines to choose from. However, some of you might be looking for functionality as well as beauty. Whether you’re an urban gardener or have an expansive backyard paradise, edible vines can significantly increase your garden’s appeal and productivity.

Edible vines like Passion fruit, Kiwi, and Grapes, not only yield delicious produce, but also provide an ornamental value to urban and suburban gardens. Innovative utilization of vines such as Scarlet runner beans, Chayote, Groundnuts, and novel ones like Loofah plants and Nasturtiums can be beneficial for versatile vertical gardening. It will not only create an aesthetically pleasing landscape, but it will also add a sustainable food source to your garden!

If this excites you, then check out these edible vines that won’t just be beautiful in your landscape, but will also give you a great harvest!

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Understanding the Value of Edible Vines

In contemporary urban and suburban gardening, limited space has demanded innovative solutions. People just don’t have the acres and acres of sprawling lawn and large expanses of space between them and their neighbor’s lot. Because of this, people are asking even more from their garden space. Enter vertical gardening. Vertical gardening has become more appealing due to the fact that it not only saves space, but many of these plants can be grown in large containers, making patio space and raised beds more productive. 

These vertical vines then require less ground space while providing high yield. They also can play a decorative role as well, enhancing the charm of your landscape by creating an elevated level of greenery.

Imagine the mixed delight of climbing roses and passion fruits, the rustic appeal of grapevines coursing across a trellis, or the playful wind whispers among beanstalks. Experiencing these joys don’t have to be solely for sprawling farms or vineyards. Even a compact patio or balcony garden can now enjoy the functionality and aesthetics that edible vines bring into the space.

grape vine covering wooden trellis with bunches of grapes cascading down

Edible vines are also beneficial in the garden. Many of these plants enrich the soil, provide shade to the understory crops, and even act as natural fences. 

Imagine the benefit of having a vine that, in addition to bearing fruits, also aids in improving the overall health and growth of your garden!

So let’s get into these awesome edible vines that can amplify the beauty and productivity of your garden.

Edible Vines

Edible vines variety is as vast as the climatic conditions they require. From tropical to temperate climates, there’s an edible vine perfectly suited for your garden. Here are a few that will add touches of beauty as well as productivity to your space.

1. Passion Fruit

The passion fruit vine is a tropical marvel that is both easy to propagate and yields an abundance of sweet, edible fruit. Let’s just say that this vine has been growing in popularity for those who live in warmer climates! The fruit is tangy and sweet and can be used in a variety of different ways. The flowers are also edible and can be used as a stunning garnish to a variety of dishes. The vines also look stunning while in bloom with their purple, pink, blue, and white flowers! Needless to say, having one of these in your yard will definitely be a main attraction!

passion fruit flower blooming in front of passion fruit vine

2. Kiwi

There are two types of kiwi, the kiwifruit (like the ones you find at the grocery store), and the hardy kiwi. Both ripen from late fall to early spring. Kiwifruit produces the typical large kiwis, however it requires warmer, more tropical regions to grow (mostly in hardiness zones 7-9). If this isn’t you, then try out the hardy kiwi! The hardy kiwi produces smaller, grape-like kiwis that can be eaten whole. These won’t grow nearly as fast as the kiwifruit, but in colder climates it will do much better than it’s tropical cousin and it will still give you that tangy taste that you love!

kiwi vine orchard with kiwi fruit hanging down above rows of grassy undergrowth

3. Grapes

Grapes can be beautifully placed within a landscape. Whether it be climbing arbors, fences, or even pergolas, the beautiful flowers followed by big, hanging bunches of grapes are absolutely lovely! And not only do you get to eat the grapes, but the grape vine leaves are also edible and perfect for a raw salad or even cooked! 

Make sure, however, that proper pruning is done every year to ensure a plentiful harvest. This pruning is done to create lots of new shoots from one year old vines. It is only from these one-year old vines’ shoots that grapes are formed. So if you want a productive vine, you will need to learn and implement proper pruning techniques.

Also keep in mind that grapes will attract the birds and the bees (quite literally), so be aware of extra cleanup that will be needed if planting over any hardscape areas…

a bunch of purple grapes hanging from a grape vine

4. Scarlet Runner Beans

Scarlet runner beans are both ornamental and practical in the landscape. These climbers eagerly scale up walls and fences, producing a stunning display of striking red blossoms. Simply plant in the early spring once the danger of frost has passed, enjoy the scarlet flowers throughout summer, and harvest your dried seed pods in early fall. And as an added benefit, the leaves, young pods, roots, and dried beans are all edible!

a bean vine with orange-red flowers climbing up the side of an old outbuilding

5. Chayote

If you reside in tropical or southern US states, consider the chayote vine. This vigorous climber can cover a pergola or trellis with ease, transforming it into an inviting green canopy. Then, the fruit is like a cross between a cucumber and a squash, allowing you to eat it raw, cooked, sauteed, stewed, or even spiraled! Just be sure to peel it first, since the peels are not very appetizing. So try out some new South American recipes with these delicious fruits!

close up of a chayote vine with two green chayote fruit hanging down

6. Loofah Plants

Loofah, famously known for its use as a natural sponge, is in fact a type of vine. And, while most people are familiar with the sponge, it is less known that its young fruits are edible and taste somewhat like a zucchini. Then, if you don’t have time for harvesting, you can leave the fruit to grow and dry out. The loofah produces a sponge that can be used for scrubbing dishes, exfoliating skin, or even as a biodegradable multi-purpose scrubber! This vine is relatively easy to grow in a full sun location.

loofah vine hanging along a green mesh trellis with several green loofahs hanging down

7. Malabar Spinach

Malabar spinach, on the other hand, is a leafy green vine that is a perennial in warm climates, or grown as an annual in cooler climates. Despite its name, it’s not true spinach, but its leaves have a similar taste and texture when eaten raw, or a similar taste to okra when cooked. The vine is known for its vigorous growth and can even cover a garden fence when fully mature. The entirety of the plant is edible – from its purple-blackish edible berries to its red stems and glossy green leaves, consequently providing a constant supply of greens for your meals. Just make sure to harvest the young leaves, as these are the best for raw salads. The large, mature leaves are better to be used as a thickener for soups and stews!

And make sure you have a trellis or fence to train this vine up on. If left unsupported it will vine out along the ground. This can still be pretty, but it creates more opportunity for insects and dirt to get on your leaves…

malabar spinach vine growing up a bamboo pole with lots of young white berries and some mature purple berries

8. Melons

There are a lot of different melons that can all be trained to grow upright. These include honeydew melon, cantaloupe, and watermelon, to name some of the most common. Be careful when choosing varieties, however, as the smaller melons will do much better on an upright vine. And even with the smaller varieties, the melons will still have to be supported by some type of a sling to ensure that they don’t become too heavy and break off the vine before they are fully ripe. And take this into consideration as well as you select a support for your melon vine. Choose something very sturdy that can handle the weight.

watermelon vine along the ground with a large and small watermelon growing

9. Berries

While not technically a vine, many berry varieties can be trained up onto a vertical support system, such as a fence or a small trellis. This can be very useful in making harvesting and annual pruning so much easier. An upright form can also keep any thorny branches up and away from people walking nearby. All in all, it is very useful to have your berry bushes growing vertically!

blackberry bush with lots of red and purple berries

10. Cherry Tomatoes

Most people know that tomatoes do well with a vertical support. However, there are many different varieties of tomatoes that actually love to climb! I remember my professor had a chicken wire tunnel in his yard that he trained his cherry tomatoes onto. By the end of the summer, his kids loved to climb underneath and pick cherry tomatoes in the cool shade of the tomato plants themselves. This not only made harvesting easier, but it created something fun in the lives of his children! You can do this with any vining plant as long as you put in some time to train it in the right direction… but nothing seems to beat those sweet, summer cherry tomatoes!

the end of a cherry tomato plant with cherry tomatoes ripening from green to red

11. Legumes

I know that I’ve already mentioned the Scarlet Runner beans, but I also wanted to note pole beans in general make great climbing plants! Whether you like black beans, kidney beans, green beans, or peas (throwing this one in here too, haha!), there are an endless number of legumes out there to grow. These are also perfect for vertical planting as it makes harvesting so much easier and helps to maintain a better air flow throughout the plant which can cut down on plant disease. Legumes are also some of the easier vegetables to grow, and will help to fix the nitrogen in the soil so your other plants can better use it! So if you’re new to edible ornamentals, or you just want more fertile soil in your yard, definitely give these guys a shot!

bean pods with pink purple and white beans in groups on a table

12. Gourds

Gourds include all types of pumpkins and squash varieties. These are not only grown for food production, but are also grown for their decorative value as well. The large leaves can help to provide shade for any plants growing underneath of it! However, like the melons, make sure to grow smaller fruit varieties, as well provide a very strong structure for growing. These also need a support sling for each individual gourd, or else they will also break off the plant prematurely.

an assortment of green yellow and light orange gourds

13. Cucumbers

Though cucumbers are technically also a gourd, I wanted to mention them separately. Cucumbers are one of our favorite edible plants to grow! They do best on wire frames (it’s easy for their small tendrils to latch onto) and they can quickly fill up a vertical space. And having them grow vertically is actually preferred for cucumbers as it will keep the fruit clean as well as will make it harder for insects to reach. And if you’re short on garden space, you can even grow them in a large pot. This is sesriously one awesome plant to have around!

cucumber vine along a green string with a large cucumber growing down from it

14. Nasturtium

Getting back into more decorative plants, nasturtium is one of our well known ornamental plants that has multiple uses in the landscape. Not only will it provide a fast-growing, lush vine for any space, but its leaves and flowers are also edible. The seeds can also be pickled and are a good substitute for capers. This is one useful vine!

nasturtium plant growing along a wooden fence with yellow and orange red flowers

15. Roses

Roses are also a beautiful, edible vine. Though all roses are edible (as long as they haven’t been treated with harmful chemicals), not all roses are climbers. There are either climbing varieties or bush varieties. So make sure that you choose a climbing rose to place next to your garden trellis or archway. 

Also, keep in mind that the smell of the rose will often determine the strength of the taste. The stronger the aroma, the stronger the flavor. So choose a variety that you will not only enjoy to look at, but that also smells appealing to you. And remember, only the rose petals are edible.

roses climbing a trellis up a brick house with white siding and trim

16. Jasmine

Jasmine is a common vine that is used not only for its lovely fragrance, but also for its edible flowers! These flowers are used to make teas, as well as can have their oils extracted to be used for medicinal or frangrant purposes as essential oils. It is said that the aroma of jasmine helps to produce a calming effect, as well as has other beneficial properties for a person’s health. So seriously consider adding a beautiful jasmine vine to your space!

Note that jasmine flowers bloom during the evenings, which is why they are widely used near lit seating areas or bedroom windows, where their fragrance can be enjoyed in the evenings as you are winding down for the day.

For more beneficial aromas, you can check out on my list of fragrant houseplants!

close up of a jasmine vine with a few buds and several white jasmine flowers

17. Wisteria

This is a well-known plant, but it is less commonly known that wisteria flowers are actually edible! However, do not eat the seeds or the seed pods. These parts of the plant are very poisonous. But once again, the flowers are completely harmless and rather enjoyable! So consider adding some wisteria flowers to your salad, or as a beautiful garnish!

chocolate vine growing down over a large boulder with lots of purple flowers

18. Chocolate Vine

This last vine is used more for its ornamental value than as an edible. That is because in late spring, this plant is covered in beautiful red to purple flowers that smell like chocolate! I mean, who wouldn’t want to have this vine next to their window?! The fruits are edible, although they do come with some precautions for those on blood thinners. Although the fruit is widely eaten in Japan as a delicacy in late summer to early fall, you should first research if this fruit will work with your particular body. But that being said, the scent alone will make your neighbors jealous!


Vines are not only extremely beautiful additions to your landscape, but they can also be great plants to add from a culinary standpoint. Incorporating edible vines into your garden presents an opportunity to not only have gorgeous showy flowers and leaves, but to also enjoy the fruits of your own labor! So why not make your yard a picturesque oasis and a provider of nourishing meals by incorporating these magnificent edible vines?!

For more landscaping ideas, check out my post on Designing your Yard in 10 Easy Steps!

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Edible Vines FAQs

What are edible vines?

Edible vines are varieties of vining plants that have edible parts that can be safely consumed by humans. They include a wide range of species that offer fruits, leaves, flowers, or roots for culinary uses, and many are attractive enough to be used as decorative elements in landscapes. This includes vines such as passion fruit, kiwi, grapes, jasmine, nasturtium, and more…

How do I select the right edible vines for my garden?

Selecting the right edible vine for your garden typically depends on your local climate, available space, and personal taste preferences. Research the growth conditions of various edible vines and find ones that are well-suited to your environment. And if you want a perennial vine, make sure that it can survive winters in your local hardiness zone. Then match your plant’s light requirements. And remember, some vines like Grapes and Kiwi can be rather space-demanding, while others like Nasturtiums are more compact and can be better suited for small spaces or container gardening. 

Can I grow edible vines in an urban environment?

Yes, you certainly can. Edible vines are a fantastic choice for urban gardens as they can utilize vertical spaces efficiently, making them ideal for balconies, patios, or small yards. Some good choices for urban edible vines include nasturtium, cucumber, beans, and cherry tomatoes to list a few.

Are there any special care considerations for edible vines?

Specific care instructions can vary depending on the species of the vine. However, most edible vines need a suitable support to climb, enough sunlight, and well-drained soil. Regular pruning and timely fertilization will help maintain their health and productivity, as well as consistently watch out for insects, since they usually enjoy these delicious vines as much as we do!

Can edible vines serve ornamental purposes?

Definitely! Many edible vines not only provide food but also add texture and color to your garden. Vines like Scarlet runner beans, Nasturtiums, and Jasmine are quite ornamental, enhancing your yard’s aesthetic appeal while also offering a delicious harvest.

40+ Best Gift Ideas for Indoor Plant Lovers (2023)

Hey everyone! Welcome back to The Girl with a Shovel! With the upcoming holiday season, I wanted to save you some time with your planning, shopping, and possibly several nights of worry. Instead of racking your brain for the perfect gift, I wanted to share with you some of the best gifts for plant lovers. This will make it easy to find the perfect plant gifts for your favorite plant person (or even to find a few things to add to your own wishlist!)

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Live Plants

One thing to consider getting a plant enthusiast is a live plant or two. Plants, especially indoor plants, can become something of an obsession, causing people to want more and more. And, as the world of Pokemon fans know, once you start, you suddenly feel like you ‘Gotta Catch ’em All!’. So yes, getting a plant parent a new, live plant is always a good idea. Especially if you have access to their collection and you can try to find them something that they don’t have yet. Be aware, though, if the person has pets, as the best plants for them might be a selection of pet-friendly plants!

Also consider a “Rare Plants Cutting Box” or a variety pack of plants if you aren’t sure what they do or don’t have in their collection yet. You are sure to get at least one unique plant this way. 

You could also get them a gift card to their local plant nursery (or a Home Depot or Lowes if you don’t know the stores in their area). Plant people will always have fun adding to their collection!

Dirt, Dirt, and more Dirt!

One thing that plant parents are always in need of is more soil. Especially good quality soil. This is because as their plants grow, they need to plant them in larger pots. Then, of course, it takes more soil to place it in larger pots. So as their plants grow, and as they propagate their plants to make new little plants that also need soil, they run out. Very often. So I know that it sounds weird, but every plant person would be EXCITED to get a good quality bag of dirt as a gift!

Here are a few recommendations that I have from a quality nursery:

Perfect Plants Indoor Plant Soil

bag of soil labelled indoor plant soil with a generic image of a houseplant

Perfect Plants Organic Succulent Soil

bag of soil labelled organic succulent soil with a generic image of a succulent

Perfect Plants Organic Snake Plant Soil

bag of soil labelled organic snake plant soil with an image of a snake plant

Perfect Plants Organic Pothos Soil

bag of soil labelled organic pothos soil with an image of a pothos plant

Perfect Plants Money Tree Potting Soil

bag of soil labelled money tree potting soil with an image of a money tree

Most of your plant enthusiasts would be just fine with either one of the first two soil mixes. The others are more specific if you know what kind of plants are in their collection. But remember, a bag of good-quality soil really does make a great gift!

Pots… and LOTS of them!

Every green thumb has difficulty in building up their pot collection. As mentioned earlier, this is because plants are constantly growing, which, like kids, always seem to be quickly outgrowing whatever you put them in! So plant parents need a collection of good quality, attractive plant pots in all sizes. This includes small pots as well (since plant parents need small pots to place their new baby cuttings!) So if you want to spoil your favorite plant lover, consider getting them some new pots! 

And, as a huge plant nerd myself, I can say that ceramic or terracotta pots will always be preferred over plastic pots (unless they are self-watering pots). Here are a few of the pots that I recommend that will work great for your plant aficionado… 

D’vine Dev Terracotta Pots

set of three straight edge terracotta pots with saucers, one with a cactus inside, one with a snake plant, and one empty

Le Tauci Ceramic Plant Pots (Set of 3)

set of three white glazed ceramic pot with attached saucer, one with a small fern inside

Face Planter

a womanly face pot with closed eyes and arms on her cheeks with a trailing succulent flowing out of the head like hair

12 Pack Small Succulent Plant Pots

a set of twelve small hexagonal white glazed pots with bamboo saucers and ten have various succulents inside

6-pack Terracotta Pots

a set of six small traditional terracotta pots with saucers in a pyramid arrangement; the top pot has a small basil plant inside

Unique Hanging Planters

two hanging planters with round metal rings around the pot and extra hooks and chain, with a pothos and spider plant in the pots

Practical Indoor Plant Gifts

This next set of gift ideas are a collection of gifts that will work for the new plant parent as well as the crazy plant collector. They are all basic things that just make having an indoor jungle (or even just having a few plants around the house) a lot easier! 

1. Repotting Mat

This easy-to-store repotting mat is amazing at keeping your space clean, even while working with soil. It is especially great for apartment dwellers who might not have an outdoor space to use for all their repotting. It is also a great gift for people who live in cold climates who might not be able to take their plants outside during the winter if it needs a quick change of soil (because it happens a lot!) So consider making life a bit cleaner for your plant-loving friend with this repotting mat!

2. Propagation Tubes

I have two different sets here that both work. One for the new propagator, and one for your family member who keeps grabbing all the cups in the kitchen because they’ve run out of containers to propagate their cuttings in! (Trust me, my husband has placed a ban on our kitchenware being used for my plants, lol!) So if you’ve seen a few little jars of water around with plants in them, consider spoiling your favorite plant person and get them their very own propagation station!

Here is the small propagation set

And here is a larger hanging propagation station

3. Plant Lights

Can I just say that plant lights change the game of indoor growing?! And I don’t mean those awful red and purple lights. Leave those to the commercial growers. I’m talking about the natural looking lights that highlight your plants without even looking out-of-place in your living room! Here are a few perfect products to get for the plant lover in your life.

Under Cabinet or Under Shelf Plant Light Strips

Small Plant Light Rings

Large Plant Light Rings

Luxury Pendant Grow Light

​4. Watering Globes

These watering globes are practical gifts that plant people will absolutely love! The idea behind these are that you fill them up with water, then they will slowly drain (proportional to the dryness of the soil). This slowly waters the plant, keeping it perfectly moist for a longer period of time! I’ve tried out a few different kinds and I will suggest the glass ones. They can break, so go for the plastic ones if your gift recipient has small children or hyperactive pets. But overall, the glass ones perform much better in my opinion and has become one of my favorite gifts to receive.

5. Plant Trellis

I’m not including a moss pole, since I haven’t found a commercially available moss pole that I have been happy with yet. But if your plant person has a plant with long, trailing vines, then this indoor plant trellis is the perfect way for your friend to show off their plants in a chic, modern way that will have all their plant friends jealous!

6.  Plant Stands

There are several different ways to get plant babies off of the ground and looking a bit more organized and intentional. Consider getting your plant lover either a plant stand or a plant shelf. Here are a few of my favorites that I have seen many people “ooo” and “awww” over in my various plant groups…

Adjustable 8″-12″ Plant Stand

Adjustable 12″-16″ Plant Stand

Plant Stand with Grow Light – Half Moon Shape

5-Tier Indoor Plant Stand

​7. Soil Moisture Meter

One of the biggest game-changers in keeping my plants alive was when I got myself a soil moisture meter. If your nature lover is trying to become a plant person, but still has their struggles, consider getting them one of these! They can be a huge help in knowing whenthey need to water their plants to keep their little babies healthy!

8. Smart Plant Pot

This is a new one to me, but it is an absolutely fabulous idea! This smart plant pot has built-in sensors to read light levels and water levels. Then, based on these, the pot will make different faces to show how happy or sad the plant is. This is a fun way to easily keep track of the plant’s needs as the cute faces light up their days!

Gardening Gifts

​Here are a few gift ideas that I put together for your favorite gardener to use indoors! These are even great for plant people to try their shot at growing their own edibles, fresh herbs, or even some fresh flowers! 

1. AeroGarden Kit

I have the stainless steel Aerogarden pictured, but you can see my review of the best indoor garden kits here. I just love these indoor kits because they make becoming an indoor gardener so easy! But remember to grab a few seed pod kits (or add them to your list of gift ideas for later!) Each one comes with its unique plants and are a perfect stocking stuffer!


Seed Pods

2. Heirloom Seed Pack

Heirloom seeds are the best type of seed because it means that the fruits and vegetables that are grown can have their seeds collected and grown for the next season. These true-to-type seeds will give your plant friend a stunning vegetable garden for years to come!

3. Knee Pads

I personally have the purple knee pads and I have to say they are one of my favorite things! I used to just use the knee cushions (which are helpful), but with weeding and moving pots from here to there, I’ve found it is so much easier to simply have the pads strapped to my knees. And these are one of the softest, most comfortable knee pads I’ve worn. So overall, I think these knee pads are an obvious choice for anyone who is into gardening.

4. Greenhouse

What better way to show the gardener in your life that you love them than to get them their own small greenhouse! This gift is both practical (in that it will help them extend their growing season), as well as shows your own support of their hobby. Trust me… if you’re looking to score some extra brownie points with the plant lover in your life… then this is one that you can’t go wrong with. (wink, wink!)

True Plant Lover Accessories

The last section of my gift guide is about some of the cutest and most adorable plant accessories that I’ve seen. These can be fun and friendly, ranging from a few dollars, to a few more, depending on your budget and whether you are looking for a meaningful gift, or something for that casual coworker who has plants all over their desk. These fun gifts are a great way to spark joy in any plant lover’s day!

1. Personalized Plant Parent Ornament

2. Plant Lover Cosmetic Bag

3. Proud Plant Parent T-Shirt

4. Funny Plant Lover Throw Pillow

5. Plantaholic Hanging Metal Sign

6. Funny Plant Stakes

7. Plant Lover Kitchen Towels

8. Cute Plant Socks

9. Plant Magnet Faces

10. Plant Lover Mug

That’s it for my list of gifts for plant lovers! For more information to help care for indoor plants, check out my Indoor Plant Care Pack! These care guides help plant parents have greater success with their indoor plants. So here’s to a great holiday season and I wish you all a great year with the ones that you love. And a great big thank you for showing your love to the plant people in your life. I’m sure they will appreciate your thoughtfulness in supporting their own love of nature. Happy Digging!

The 5 Signs your Plants Need Filtered Water

Do you REALLY need filtered water for your plants? I know there is a huge controversy about benefits vs costs, but after doing some research (… a LOT of research…), I’ve found that yes, effects can be small. But small things add up. 

A favorite podcaster of mine always stresses this when he points out that if you had a penny that doubled every day for only 30 days, by the end of the month you would have over 5 MILLION dollars! Just from a single penny! (Rob Dial, The Mindset Mentor)

So when I think about watering my plants, I think about how many drops I am giving them every day, every week, every year. It really adds up! And that’s why I use filtered water.

But the decision is ultimately up to you. I’m just here to point out the 5 signs that your plants might need filtered water. 

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Sign #1 – Brown leaf tips, or brown, dying spots

Brown leaf tips and brown, dying (necrotic) spots can be caused by a few different factors, but they have both been linked to problems with water contamination. Now, this isn’t saying that your tap water is dangerous to drink… instead, it’s just dangerous to some of your more sensitive plants.

These two contaminants are chlorine, a chemical used to kill harmful bacteria in water, and flouride, a chemical that is actually added to water as it helps people have healthier teeth.

An excess of chlorine is what contributes to brown leaf tips in sensitive plants. These plants include: palms, spider plants, dracaena, azaleas, camellias, gardenias, etc.

An excess of fluoride, however, causes necrotic spots along leaf edges. These fluoride-sensitive plants include those listed above as well as ti plants, prayer plants, and calatheas.

So if your plants are showing either of these symptoms, then it’s a sign you need filtered water.

Sign #2 – It’s hot outside

You might not know this, but the concentration of chemicals in your drinking water will actually change with the weather. This is because most water treatment plants are outdoors, and the variation in temperatures can cause different levels of bacterial and microbial growth.

It has been seen that as it gets hotter, water treatment plants need to use more chlorine than usual to kill these microbes. So if it’s getting hot outside, then not only will your plants need more water, but they will also have a higher chance of absorbing too much chlorine.


Sign #3 – Your Soil is Turning White

A common question that a lot of people ask me is… “What is that white stuff on my soil? And how do I get rid of it?” The short answer is, this is a mineral build-up, and you need to leach it from the soil.

The problem with this short answer, though, is that this mineral build-up is most commonly caused by sodium carbonate… a chemical used to “soften” water (which usually makes it taste better when we drink it). 

These salts, while they might not be too harmful to us, can eventually lead to some major problems for our plants, especially if the soil is never replaced or leached. (After all, there’s a reason why the Salt Flats don’t have a lot of vegetation y’all!)

So, I recommend that people leach out their pots… (running a bunch of water through the soil to flush out any harmful chemicals or built-up minerals). This will be harder for those of you with garden plants, but even with indoor plants, it can take a lot of time and a warm location where the soil can dry.

The one problem, though, is how useful is leaching if you’re using the same water that contains the same amounts of sodium as before? So you see how it really is a short-term solution that doesn’t change the root of the problem.

Sign #4 – Your Plant isn’t Growing as Big

This sign is mainly for outdoor and garden plants, but it can also apply to indoor plants.

To dive into the “why” of this sign, we need to remember that water treatment plants have the goal to kill microbes that are living in our water. In fact, it is the water treatment plants that help keep us safe from cholera, E. coli, and Giardia. So they add chlorine, trihalomethanes (TTHM), and haloacetic acids (HAA5) to our water to kill any living microbes.

The problem with this, though, is that it kills beneficial microbes as well.

These beneficial microbes (like mycorrhizae) help break down nutrients in the soil so they can be absorbed by the plant roots. This is one reason why most quality fertilizers contain beneficial microbes.

So if your plants aren’t growing as fast, it could be because the chemicals in your water are killing these beneficial microbes, leaving your plants on their own.


Sign #5 – You’re Not on Well Water

Well water can actually be better for plants than city water because it usually has fewer disinfecting chemicals, less or no fluoride, and higher mineral (a.k.a. nutrient) concentrations. But if you’re on “city” water, then you might like it more, but your plants will get the short end of the stick!

Those are the 5 signs that your plants need filtered water.

And if you’re now thinking you need a filter, I personally use and love this water filter system from GrowMax Water. I chose this one because I can use it for my indoor plants all winter (when it’s cold outside!), and then I can bring it outdoors in the summer to use for my garden!

It’s super light and connects to both under my sink, and onto my spigot! I just love this little guy!

filter option if your plants need filtered water

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Top 5 Worst Herbs to Grow Indoors

Worst Herbs to Grow Indoors

We’ve all been there… bought a new plant baby, lovingly watered and nurtured it, gave it the perfect spot,… then cried as it withered away and died despite all your hard work. Been there, done that. So let’s just get this out in the open. Not all plants like being indoors. Some like more sun, others like the temperature fluctuations that come with the outdoors, others just need better air circulation… So let me help you stay away from those sad plant deaths and tell you which indoor herbs are the hardest to grow indoors.

*Note: These herbs can still be successfully grown indoors, but they will have more indoor plant deaths than their easy-to-grow herb counterparts. If one of your favorite herbs is on this list, you might just need to do some extra research before purchasing one of these plants for growing indoors.*

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Worst Indoor Herbs #1: Basil

Basil is one of those herbs that everyone has because it’s so useful, but that dies in a lot of people’s care. This is because basil plants need a lot of sun to grow well, and a lot of water to keep it happy in the sun. When caring for my basil plant, I noticed that I had to water it at least once EVERY DAY during the summer to keep it happy. And with it being in the brightest spot in the house, it STILL produced small leaves. So that’s why it’s on my list of worst herbs to grow indoors… it needs a LOT of attention and is very difficult to produce those large, tasty leaves that are so much easier to grow outdoors.

Quick Tip: If you still want to grow basil indoors, try out one of the smaller-leaf basil such as a Thai basil. This will be easier to care for and will grow better indoors.

Worst Herbs to Grow Indoors - Basil

Worst Indoor Herbs #2: Cilantro

Cilantro makes the list of worst herbs to grow because it also needs a LOT of sunlight to grow. Most indoor cilantro plants that I see all have small leaves and are stretched because they aren’t getting enough sunlight. In order for cilantro plants to produce well, they need to have lots of sun and lots of space, which makes them one of the worst herbs to grow indoors.

Quick Tip: If you still want to grow cilantro indoors, then grow them in large flats and put in plenty of seeds. Then start another tray 4-6 weeks later, and maybe another tray after that. Then make sure that your cilantro has a dedicated grow light. This will help you feel okay about over-harvesting since you will have other trays growing. You will also be able to harvest each tray at once and before it begins to bolt (aka flower). This method of having different trays at different development stages (and each with their own light) is one way to successfully grow cilantro indoors.

Cilantro Plant

Worst Indoor Herbs #3: Italian Parsley

Just like cilantro, parsley makes this list of worst herbs to grow indoors based on the amount of light that it needs to produce large, harvest-worthy leaves. Indoors, parsley needs to be placed in a sunny window, and will need to be turned every other time that you water it to ensure even growth. Even with this, it might still not produce large enough leaves. Then it will need a dedicated plant light to stimulate large leaf growth.

If you want to grow parsley indoors, then I would suggest you use a curly leaf parsley (as opposed to flat-leaf parsley, such as the common Italian parsley). Curly leaf parsley is usually a bit easier to grow and will give you a better harvest than the flat-leaf parsley.

Parsley Plant

Worst Indoor Herbs #4: Dill

Dill is actually pretty easy to grow, however, this plant gets huge! Unless you’ve got a spare 3-4 feet to give this herb, then you won’t be able to keep it in your windowsill herb garden!

To grow dill indoors, try a fern-leaf variety, which will only grow to about 1.5-2 feet in height. You’ll still need to give it some space, but at least this smaller size is more realistic for an indoor plant.

Worst Indoor Herbs #5: Fennel

Fennel is one of the worst herbs to grow indoors because, like dill, it is also huge! Most fennel plants can reach up to 6 feet in height! I don’t know about you, but I DEFINITELY don’t have this type of space in my home! So while you can grow it from a small plant indoors, you’ll eventually want to bring it outdoors. This will allow the plant to have enough space to grow its large, onion-like bulbs (that are also edible!).

There aren’t really any options to grow this herb indoors, but if you want to overwinter it, you can grow it in large, deep pots outdoors during the summer. Then in the fall, cut it back to a few feet in height and bring it indoors. This way, it can continue to stay warm and grow throughout the winter. You can continue to harvest the leaves all winter long as it grows, and then simply move it back out the following spring before it really begins its spring-time growth.

Fennel Plant

Those are the 5 worst herbs to grow indoors! These herbs have been selected based on personal experience, as well as selected based on many other comments and suggestions made by others who have had difficulty with these plants.

IF you have difficulty growing herbs indoors, then I would suggest you get one of these indoor herb kits! These are simple, table-top systems that make growing herbs as easy as pushing a button. Seriously… these kits are amazingly simple and effective!

If you have any other questions or comments to help with the indoor growing of these plants, please share! And feel free to sign up for my email list for even more amazing tips and tricks for your indoor plants!

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5 Effortless Indoor Herb Garden Kits

Wouldn’t you love it if you could just press a button and have all the fresh culinary herbs that you want?! Some people might think this is crazy, but with modern technology, we are pretty close to having fresh, kitchen-grown herbs at just the press of a button! Still seem too good to be true? Well check out these five indoor herb garden kits that truly make growing herbs effortless.

Wouldn’t you love it if you could just press a button and have all the fresh culinary herbs that you want?! Some people might think this is crazy, but with modern technology, we are pretty close to having fresh, kitchen-grown herbs at just the press of a button! Still seem too good to be true? Well check out these five indoor herb garden kits that truly make growing herbs effortless.

As far as Indoor Herb Garden kits go, the two leading brands for ease of use and sustainability are Aerogarden and Click and Grow. While this post does contain affiliate links, this in no way swayed my opinion of these products. These grow kits really are as awesome as they seem! So here are the top 5 indoor gardens, along with the pro’s and con’s of each to ensure you get the one that fits your personal needs!

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#1: Click & Grow Smart Gardens

Click & Grow’s Smart Gardens are simple to set up and easy to grow. Just attach the light, pop in the seed pods, and add water mixed with the provided nutrients. Then when you plug it in, a timer will automatically start, setting you up for 16 hours of lights on, and 8 hours of lights off. This is convenient for people who struggle with setting manual timers, but it might require you to get up early one day if you want it to turn off earlier in the evening.

Click & Grow offers 3-pod systems, 9-pod systems, or a bundled shelving set of 3, 9-pod systems totaling 27-pods. All of the features are the same regardless of size, so simply purchase according to your needs!


  • 3-pod system one of the cheapest indoor garden systems
  • relatively quiet
  • lights blink when low on water (effective reminder)
  • comes with height extenders to make the light taller or shorter
  • automatic 16 hours on, 8 hours off


  • no manual light settings
  • some people have difficulty refilling the water without spilling
  • low water lights (blinking) can be annoying to some people

#2: Tasty Sprout by Aerogarden

This is a unique system as it was a mix of Aerogarden’s indoor systems along with Tasty’s low-cost practical cooking methods. What you get is a small, recipe-driven indoor herb system that appeals to the masses, but only has a few of Aerogarden’s touches.

If you are limited on space, or you want a cheap option to get started with indoor gardening, then this is the kit for you!

Indoor Herb Garden Kit Tasty Sprout by Aerogarden & Tasty


  • Small, 3-pod design
  • Pods sold in recipe packs of southwestern, ranch, Caprese salad, and coctail/mocktail packs
  • inexpensive for an automatic growing kit


  • no manual timing system – run 18 hours on, 6 hours off from time it’s plugged in
  • only 12″ tall
  • made from a light plastic material
  • uses an aerator pump, which some people find to be too loud

#3: Aerogarden Harvest

The Aerogarden Harvest is the most basic of Aerogarden’s indoor garden systems (aside from their Tasty hybrid). That being said, it is still an amazing system! It uses a water pump system instead of an aerator pump, making it run silently when compared to the Tasty Sprout. The Harvest also has several buttons on the front to manually set your light timings. It also keeps track of how many days you’ve been growing, as well as tells you how many more days you have until you need to add more liquid fertilizer (included in purchase).

Overall, this 6-pod system is perfect for anyone who is serious about indoor gardening, but not quite ready to take the leap to one of the more expensive models.

Indoor Herb Garden Kit Aerogarden Harvest


  • Cheapest of the mainstream Aerogarden systems
  • quiet pump system
  • adjustable manual lighting settings


  • plastic build
  • takes up slightly more space than the 6-pod Harvest Elite

#4: Aerogarden Harvest Elite 360

At first glance, this system appears to be only a rounded, metal version of the Aerogarden Harvest. However, the Harvest Elite 360 has a few essential features that left customers feeling glad they made the upgrade.

First, the LCD display makes the system much more user-friendly than the Harvest. For example, you can simply choose the type of plants you are growing (such as herbs or flowers), and it will automatically set up the optimal growth settings for you.

Another game-changer is the vacation mode. By activating vacation mode, your system will automatically shorten the light times and decrease the water usage so you won’t have to worry about running out of water while you’re gone! This system really takes care of you! So if you want an indoor garden system that won’t die during your extended holidays, then you should consider the Harvest Elite!

Indoor Herb Garden Kits Aerogarden Harvest Elite 360


  • LCD display with manual timing adjustments
  • Suggested settings for different plant types
  • smaller than Harvest, but still fits 6 pods
  • Stainless Steel build
  • Vacation mode!!!


  • Several people complained that their LCD display was broken out-of-the-box and they had to get a replacement system from the company (free of charge, but took longer)
  • More expensive than the Harvest system

#5: Aerogarden Bounty Elite

Now this system truly has it all! With a touchscreen display you can connect it to your WiFi and use either your Alexa device or the Aerogarden app to adjust any settings, turn on/off your lights, and check on the status of your plants. The lights are also dimmable with the touch of a button, as well as has a sunrise/sunset setting to slowly fade in or out of the day.

Overall, this indoor herb garden kit has everything you need to be as involved or as hands-free as you want in the growing process! From the suggested settings and vacation mode, to the voice-command lights off, this system is any smart gardener’s dream come true!

Indoor Herb Garden Kits Aerogarden Bounty Elite


  • Touchscreen manual adjust settings
  • WiFi enabled
  • Alexa compatible
  • 9-pod capability
  • Water-level indicator
  • Vacation mode
  • Suggested settings based on plant type
  • Choice to have water and fertilizer alerts sent to cell phone
  • 1-touch light dimmer
  • Sunrise/Sunset mode


  • Takes up slightly more space
  • Most expensive of the Aerogarden systems

That’s it for the top 5 effortless indoor herb garden kits! Honestly, all of these systems require very little setup and maintenance and will have you harvesting your favorite herbs all year long! For some quick inspiration, check out this list of The 5 Best Vegetables to Grow Indoors. And as always, feel free to leave any questions or comments below, including any comments of any experiences you’ve had with any of these machines! Then, make sure to join my email list to get more awesome tips, as well as to receive a free welcome gift straight to your inbox today!

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9 Things to Avoid when Planting Strawberries

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Are you looking to plant strawberries this year? Maybe you’ve tried before and for some reason you didn’t get the great harvest you wanted. Or maybe you’re simply new to this and want a few extra tips. Either way, I understand how sometimes we don’t need people telling us how to plant strawberries. Instead, we need to know what you could be doing wrong, and how to avoid it! So here are the 9 things to avoid when planting strawberries. Because by avoiding these things, you are sure to have an amazing harvest!

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#1: Avoid Planting Strawberries from Seed

It can be a lot cheaper to plant your strawberries from seed, but if you want to actually harvest strawberries, then you will be better off purchasing bare-root or potted plants. This is because it will take at least 2 years of nurturing your seedling before it will finally give you strawberries. I don’t know about you, but this is a long time when compared to your potted plants producing strawberries in as little as 2 months…

Also, if you use seed from a store-bought strawberry, then you won’t know your strawberry variety. I’ll explain a bit more about why this is important in #4. So go ahead and just pay the extra couple of dollars for an established plant. You will be extremely glad that you did.

#2: Avoid Planting Strawberries in Pots

If pots are your only option, then go for it. However, if you live in a climate that gets below freezing, then any unprotected potted plants will freeze. This means that they will not come back in the winter. Because of this, it is much smarter to plant them in the soil where they have extra protection from the cold. This will ensure that they come back year after year.

If you HAVE to grow in pots, then once temperatures begin to drop and your plant is done producing, place it somewhere it will be protected from extremely cold temperatures. A lot of people choose to place their pots in an unheated garage. Also try to insulate it from the cold using straw, mulch, old blankets, etc. This will keep your strawberries’ roots from freezing and will ensure that they come back the next year.

#3: Avoid Poor Soil

Strawberry plants need a lot of nutrients in the soil in order to maintain high production of strawberries. If you plant in poor soil, then you won’t get as many strawberries. To improve your soil, mix in some compost before planting and consider adding a vegetable fertilizer halfway through the growing season.

#4: Avoid Unknown Varieties

You need to know what type of strawberries you have because it will ultimately determine the size of berry and the size and time of harvest. These are your three main options:

June-bearing Strawberries

These plants produce one large harvest of strawberries (usually in the early spring). Then, they produce runners for the rest of the season. This variety is best if you need a large harvest of strawberries all at once. These strawberries are usually used to make jams, pies, etc.

Ever-bearing Strawberries

These varieties will usually give you two harvests: one in the early spring, and one in the early fall. They can also produce a few strawberries in between these two larger harvests. One downside to ever-bearing, however, is that they don’t produce as many runners because they are busy producing fruit. These varieties are best for people wanting some larger harvests, but also want some continuous fruit throughout the season.

Day-neutral Strawberries

These strawberry varieties are technically in the ever-bearing group, but they produce a more even, continuous supply of strawberries throughout the growing season. These are also a great choice for people who want a lighter, but continuous supply of strawberries.

#5: Avoid Planting Strawberries Too Deep or Too Shallow

These plants are extremely picky when it comes to rooting depth. If you plant it too deep (covering the crown of the plant), then it is likely to rot. On the other hand, if it is planted too shallow, the roots are likely to dry up (and strawberry plants do not like dry roots). I try to plant my strawberries at the depth that they are already growing in their pot.

If you are planting bare-root plants, then find the little skirt where the leaf stems are attached to the base of the plant. This little skirt of plant material is the crown. Plant it at a depth where the soil will cover about half of the crown. Make sure to watch the video below to see the correct depth to plant your bare-root strawberries.

#6: Avoid Planting Too Close Together

Each variety has a specific spacing recommendation. Follow this recommendation. If you place your plants too close together, it decreases the air flow around your plant’s base and lower leaves. This can increase your chances of having a disease problem.

You also want to keep in mind any runners that might develop. If your plants are too close together, then you will need to remove the runners in order to keep your plants from crowding your space.

A little unsure of plant spacing? Check out this awesome video that explains your optimal plant spacing, as well as shows you how to plant your bare-root strawberries at the correct depth!

#7: Avoid Planting Near These…

Avoid growing your strawberries next to any plants in the Brassica family. These include cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, kohlrabi, and kale. These plants will have stunted growth when grown next to each other.

You should also avoid planting your strawberry plants next to tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, melons, mint, or eggplants. These plants are all susceptible to the same diseases as your strawberry plants. So by planting near these other plants, or in a bed that has been growing these plants in the past several years, it will increase your chances of having diseases in your strawberry plants.

For a list of plants that would be good to place near your strawberries, check out Balcony Garden Web’s post, 13 Best Strawberry Companion Plants.

#8: Avoid Letting your Plant Dry Out

Strawberry plants like to stay a bit on the moist side. If your plants get too dry (especially in the hot summer temperatures), then it will stop any fruit production. This is especially harmful to the ever-bearing varieties, as it will stop your harvest. So make sure to keep your plants lightly moist and avoid letting it dry out.

#9: Avoid Letting Fruit Sit on the Ground

Strawberries will hang down to the ground as they get larger and heavier. Because of this, most strawberries end up laying directly on the soil. However, strawberries laying directly on the soil are much more likely to have diseases and pests claim them before you do. So make sure that you lay down something like straw, gravel, or black plastic to keep your strawberries from sitting directly on the soil.

Those are the 9 things to avoid when planting strawberries! Let me know if you have any other questions or comments by leaving them below. And for more awesome tips, subscribe to my email list! Every new subscriber gets a free welcome guide full of expert tips to help you become a master grower! Then make sure that you share this post on your favorite social media channel! You never know how many of your friends are also wanting to enjoy harvesting their own delicious, home-grown strawberries!

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7 Things You Should Never Do when Planting Tomatoes

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Do you want to do things right when planting your tomatoes? Do you want to grow lots of large, tasty tomatoes? If you do these 7 things, then you will probably still get a tomato harvest. However, if you don’t do these 7 things when you plant your tomatoes, then your harvest has the potential to be HUGE!!! So, if you want to be the envy of all your gardening friends, then make sure you never do these 7 things…

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#1: Never Plant your Tomatoes in the Same Place

Now, I know this is a pretty heated topic that gets tossed around a lot between home gardeners. Some will tell you that rotating your vegetable’s location is a must, while others will say they’ve never rotated their plants and they’ve have had great results for over 20 years. But here’s the deal…

Tomatoes will use different nutrients than other vegetables. They also have specific pests that enjoy eating them. Ideally, you can supplement the nutrients by adding compost and fertilizer year after year. So that problem is solved. And some would say that if you have a small garden, then your pests are going to find your tomatoes eventually.

However, for the new gardener, I would say don’t worry about making a huge spreadsheet tracking plant families and religiously rotating. Instead, if you don’t want to add a lot of nutrients to your soil year after year, then just plant your tomatoes somewhere they haven’t been for a couple of years. So for all of you beginners, NEVER plant your tomatoes in the same place, and your plants will stay healthy!

Never Plant in Same Location

#2: Never Plant in Cold Soil

Tomato plants like to stay warm. If you plant your tomatoes too early, it will actually stunt your tomato plant’s growth. Don’t plant it until night temperatures are consistently around 50 F (10 C). At this point your soil should be warm enough for your plants.

Never Plant in Cold Soil

#3: Never Place at Original Planting Depth

When you plant your tomatoes, cut off any lower branches. Leave the top branches intact (more or less depending on the size of your plant). Then place it low enough in the soil that all of the bare stem is buried. Roots will grow from the exposed stem and will give your plant a much larger and established root system. And more roots will give you a healthier plant, which will in turn give you a bigger, better harvest.

Confused by this step? Watch the YouTube video at the bottom of this post to see it in action!

How to Plant Tomatoes: Never Plant at Original Depth

#4: Never Cut the Edges of your Stem

Some people ‘nick’ the sides of their tomato plant stem before planting it beneath the soil. In theory, this will stimulate more locations of root growth. however, this also opens up more locations for bacteria to enter your plant. This can also severely damage your plant if you aren’t experienced with this method. Because of these two reasons, I suggest that you should never cut your stem. The only marks it should have is the pruning cuts where you removed the lower branches.

How to Plant Tomatoes: Never Cut the Sides

#5: Never Wait to Add Support

You should add your support system (tomato cage, poles, trellis, etc.) at the time you are planting. If you wait to install a support system until the plant is large enough to need it, you will most likely damage your plant’s root system during installation. And if you damage the root system, then your harvest will definitely take a hit as well. So don’t wait to add support! Instead, make it a habit to install it when you plant.

How to Plant Tomatoes: Never Wait to Add Support

#6: Never Plant in an Empty Hole

When you dig a hole for your tomato plant, don’t just refill it with soil and be done with it. Instead, you should fill your hole with things your plant will use over the course of the summer. The most common items added to the bottom of the hole includes egg shells, coffee grounds, worm castings, and small amounts of compost. If you nourish your plants from the start, then they will reward you with a great harvest!

How to Plant Tomatoes: Never Plant in an Empty Hole

#7: Never Plant Next to These…

There are several types of plants that will fight with your tomatoes. You should never plant your tomatoes next to these:

  1. Fennel, Walnut, or Dill – all inhibit growth of tomato plants
  2. Corn, Potatoes, Eggplant, or Peppers – all share the same pests and diseases, so grouping causes an increase of pests or diseases
  3. The Entire Brassica Family – broccoli, cabbage, kale, kohlrabi, Brussels sprouts, turnips, collards, and rutabaga… these guys just don’t get along
Never Plant Tomatoes Next to These...

So those are the 7 things you should never do when planting tomatoes. I hope this list gave you some ideas of what not to do, as well as some ideas of what you should be doing instead! If you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave them below.

I’ve also included an awesome YouTube video from The Rusted Garden showing exactly how to plant your tomatoes. He also includes a few great tips on how to care for them as they grow, so make sure to hit the play button below!

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How to Plant Potatoes at Home: 11 Things You Should Know

Are you wanting to grow potatoes at home? Do you want a huge, delicious harvest, but aren’t sure how to plant potatoes in a way that will achieve amazing results? No worries. I’ve got you covered! By following these 11 tips, you’ll be sure to have the best harvest possible! So here are the 11 things you should know before planting your potatoes at home…

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#1: Do NOT use Store-Bought Potatoes

I know it’s tempting to grab that bag of potatoes out of your cupboard and get planting. However, some of these potatoes have been chemically treated to keep them from sprouting (keeping them good to eat for longer). So to be sure that your potato is going to grow well (and to ensure that it’s disease-free), then make sure you purchase seed potatoes or potato slips to grow your potatoes. Or, as another option, you can also purchase potatoes from your local farmer’s market. These will be chemical-free!

How to Plant Potatoes: Don't Use Store-Bought Potatoes

#2: You Don’t Need to Sprout your Potatoes

Sprouting your potatoes before planting isn’t necessary. If you plant your potatoes before they sprout, then they might take a few extra days before emerging from the soil. So, letting them sprout first or not, you’ll get a great potato harvest either way.

How to Plant Potatoes: Sprouting not Necessary

#3: You Can Start your Potatoes in Water

If you still choose to sprout your potatoes before planting (no judging here!), then you can place it straight into a sunny window to sprout. However, if you want to start sprouting and rooting your potato, then put it in water! Simply use toothpicks to hold it up in a cup, then fill it with enough water to cover half of the potato. Wait about a week and you should see signs of your potato growing! (Only be sure that if you cut your potato, give it several days to seal the cut before placing it in water.)

How to Plant Potatoes: Root in Water

#4: Don’t Plant the Entire Potato

If you’re growing large potatoes, then you don’t need to plant the entire potato. Instead, use a sharp, clean knife to cut it into sections that have 2-3 eyes each. (The eyes are the little knots in the potato.) After cutting it, leave the pieces out to dry for 48 hours before planting. This will give you many more plants, so keep this in mind when you are purchasing your seed potatoes!

How to Plant Potatoes: Cut into Smaller Sections

#5: You NEED Loose Soil

If you have hard, clay soil, then you will need to amend it, or bring in new soil to plant your potatoes. This is because potatoes are specialized roots that grow to store the plant’s nutrients. If your roots have a hard time pushing against hard, compact soil, then your potatoes will also have a hard time growing. This means that in hard soil, your overall harvest will be smaller. This is why it’s essential that you have loose soil.

For tips on how to loosen up any hard soil, watch the video below!

How to Plant Potatoes: You Need Loose Soil

#6: Plant Eyes Up

When placing your potato cuttings in the soil, place them so the eyes (or sprouts) are facing up. This gives your stems a straight shot up and out of the soil. If you place them down, this will make it harder for your potato’s shoots to emerge.

How to Plant Potatoes: Plant Eyes Up

#7: Mound the Plants

When your plant sprouts and grows around 6 inches (15 cm) tall, add more soil around the base of it to cover all but the top leaves. Then once it has grown to be about 6 inches (15 cm) above the soil once more, push up the soil around it again. This is called ‘mounding’. Mounding your potato plants will increase the amount of roots your plant grows, which in turn, will increase the amount of potatoes that your plant produces.

How to Plant Potatoes: Mound Plants

#8: Fertilize with a High P & K Fertilizer

P & K stand for Phosphorous and Potassium (or Potash on your fertilizer label). Make sure that your fertilizer has a good ratio of P and K, but has a lower N value. This will be something like 5-20-12, with a lower 1st number and a higher 2nd and 3rd number. Phosphorous encourages more root growth, while Potassium is good for the overall health of the plant. Do not fertilizer with a high Nitrogen fertilizer, or you might end up with a big, lush potato plants that have very few actual potatoes.

How to Plant Potatoes: Fertilize

#9: Harvest at the Right Time

The time to harvest your potatoes is around 2-3 weeks after it starts flowering. At this time the plant will also start falling over and looking wilted. Once this starts to happen, you know that your potatoes are ready to harvest!

How to Plant Potatoes: Harvesting

#10: Soft-skinned Potatoes Don’t Store

If your potato’s skin is soft and can be brushed off with your finger, then you know that the potato hasn’t fully matured. Most likely you will have a harvest where some of them have matured, but some of them haven’t. Make sure that the soft-skinned potatoes don’t go into storage. They will need to be cooked and eaten within the next several days.

How to Plant Potatoes: Do Not Store Soft Potatoes

#11: Let Dry Before Storing

For all of your hard-skinned potatoes, you will need to let them air-dry in a cool, shaded location for several days. If stored too quickly, your potatoes might rot. Air-drying gets rid of any excess moisture that might still be in the plant.

How to Plant Potatoes: Let Dry

Those are the 11 things you should know before planting potatoes at home! I wish you the best of luck and a happy harvest! And make sure you share this post with your other gardening friends.

Not sure where to plant your potatoes? Find out your potato plant’s light requirements in my post How Much Sun do my Plants Need?!

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Top 5 Easiest Herbs to Grow Indoors

Ever since I’ve been growing herbs indoors, I’ve noticed that some of my herbs grow lush and beautiful, but some of my herbs have the hardest time indoors. So I did my research to see if it was just me or if others were having problems with specific herbs in their indoor gardens as well. And do you know what I found??? Some herbs consistently do better than others when planted indoors! So if you’re starting an indoor herb garden (or just looking to expand) definitely try out this list of easy-to-grow indoor herbs first! Because everyone deserves to have a big, beautiful, and easy edible garden!!!

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Easy Herbs to Grow Indoors #1: Rosemary

Rosemary is an extremely versatile herb. It is used to create butters, oils, vinegars, and dressings. It can also be used to flavor chicken, pork, or even fish. But my personal favorite way to use rosemary is to cook it into my breads and potatoes! Yum!!!

As an indoor edible, rosemary is extremely easy to grow. The biggest thing to watch for (or the main killer of this plant) is too much water. Especially in the winter when the plant isn’t actively growing. 

For everything you need to know about growing rosemary indoors, check out my post Indoor Rosemary Plant Care!

Easy Herbs to Grow Indoors #2: Oregano

Oregano is a great herb to add into dressings, marinades, and sauces. It adds a homemade Italian taste to almost any pizza or pasta! And what’s the best thing about this herb?! It has a stronger flavor as a fresh herb, than it does when it’s dried. Which means that you can get along with a smaller plant, while still achieving that classic oregano taste!

To grow this herb, it needs to have a lot of sun, and dry out between watering. But don’t put any store-bought plants in your brightest windows ledge right away (unless it is winter-time). Instead, slowly acclimate your plant to warmer temperatures and brighter light by leaving it in the heat for 30 minutes more each day. This will ensure that any greenhouse-grown plant will have the time it needs to adjust!

For more in-depth instructions on how to care for this herb, check out my post, Indoor Oregano Plant Care!

Easy Herbs to Grow Indoors #3: Mint

It’s probably no wonder that mint made it onto my list of easiest herbs to grow indoors. If any of you have planted mint outdoors, you’ll know that this herb grows so well it can start becoming a weed! That’s why growing mint indoors can be a great solution for the lazy gardener who doesn’t want to be pulling mint sprigs out of their lawn!

To grow mint indoors, make sure that it gets plenty of direct sunlight. This, combined with a good vegetable fertilizer will help it to grow those large, minty leaves that everyone loves! Then, if it’s starting to die off, simply take some cuttings and root them in straight water! So simple!

For more information on how to grow your own mint plant indoors, check out my post Indoor Mint Plant Care!

Easy Herbs to Grow Indoors #4: Chives

From eggs to potatoes, and soups to salads, chives are my favorite herb to grow indoors! This is not only because it is easy to keep alive and thriving, but also because it can be put  on almost anything!!!

Chives will need a little more  water than these other Mediterranean herbs. But you still need to make sure that you don’t over-water your chives. A good rule of thumb is to make sure that the soil can get lightly dry in between watering. This will help to avoid fungus gnats and root rot, but still keep your chive plant happy!

To learn more about how to grow chives indoors, check out my post Indoor Chive Plant Care!

Easy Herbs to Grow Indoors #5: Thyme

Thyme is a great herb to season your soups, sauces, and breads, as well as your chicken, potatoes, and rice. Thyme is also a great source of vitamin C, and has lots of great health benefits!

To grow thyme, the biggest thing you need to watch for is the watering. Thyme doesn’t like to be too wet, especially during the winter when it goes dormant. So make sure that you allow the soil to dry down to the first inch before you water it again.

For more in-depth information on how to grow thyme indoors, check out my post Indoor Thyme Plant Care.

That’s it for my list of the easiest herbs to grow indoors! If you are just starting out in your indoor gardening, then make sure to go easy on yourself by starting with one of these herbs first. Then you can add some of the harder herbs to grow as you master the basics! And if you’re looking for more indoor herb inspiration, check out my post, Top 5 Effortless Indoor Herb Kits!

Happy Digging!

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