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.

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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!

How to Choose the Best Pots for Succulents (+5 Faves)

Have you been eyeing a new succulent lately? Or maybe you have a growing collection and just need a new pot? Whether you’re a beginner or a succulent expert, we all need to have one thing right in our succulent care. And that is… we need to choose the right pot!

So what are the best pots for succulents? Today I’m going to tell you exactly what works and what doesn’t work for succulent pots, as well as give you some recommendations of my personal faves. Then if you still have questions, check out my “Frequently Asked Questions” section at the bottom of the page. Or just scroll down to see my top 5 best succulent pots!


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What Makes the Best Pots?

There are three keys that you need to look for in the right container. The perfect succulent pot would consider:

  • Drainage
  • Material
  • Size

Let’s address these things one at a time.

#1: Proper Drainage

I’m sure you’ve heard it before, but let me stress this fact… succulent pots NEED drainage holes!!!!

Technically, you CAN keep succulents alive in pots without drainage holes by simply adding only small amounts of water at a time. I know, because I’ve done this. But speaking from experience, these succulents never thrive like the succulents that I have in my pots with good drainage. This is because when your pots have proper drainage, you can water your plant as much as you want at each watering and the excess water will simply drain out.

But with pots that have no drainage holes (such as the pretty glass containers they show on Pinterest), these pots will leave you to always be fighting your moisture levels, since one little extra watering could potentially kill your whole plant. Personally, I tend to under-water these succulents to avoid accidentally giving them too much water. But as a result, my succulent plants are never as healthy.

So long story short… get a pot with drainage holes! Just do it!

#2: Pot Material

I would argue that pot material is the least important thing out of the three keys for choosing the best pot for succulents. This is because pot material alone will not kill your succulents.

Terra Cotta/Ceramic Pots

Terracotta pots, or ceramic pots, are definitely the best choice for succulent pots. This is due to the fact that the clay can actually soak up some of the excess moisture, giving your plant a little extra buffer between wet and dry phases. Be careful in the winter, though, as wet ceramic pots (in cold temperatures) can take longer to dry out. This could potentially cause overwatering problems for people who tend to water too much in the winter.

So the best pot material for succulents is terra cotta pots, unless you tend to overwater your plants during the winter. 

Plastic Pots

Plastic pots and plastic containers are also a fine choice for succulents as long as they have sufficient drainage, are heavy enough to not tip over, and are not left outdoors.

Some succulents grow more vertically and can become top heavy. Plastic pots are usually lighter and easily fall over in these situations. To fix this, use sand instead of perlite in your succulent soil mix. This will help to weigh down any tipsy pots!

Next, if you are keeping your succulent outdoors, I do not recommend using plastic pots. This is first because of their higher chances of falling over due to their low weight. Second, plastic pots have a tendency to heat up and dry out faster when exposed to high temperature than clay pots or concrete pots. And third, plastic pots can freeze and deteriorate quickly in very cold climates. This is why I only recommend plastic pots for indoor use.

Metal Pots

Metal pots and metal containers usually have the same heat issue as plastic pots. For this reason, you should keep a metal pot indoors only. If you want to move your succulents outdoors, then a good choice would be a terracotta or concrete pot.

Concrete Pots

Concrete pots are similar to clay pots in that they are both a breathable material. Concrete pots are particularly good in outdoor spaces where they will be durable and protective to your succulents. Just be sure to keep in mind that real concrete pots can be extremely heavy. This is good for areas that are prone to high winds (especially if you live within hurricane areas), since your concrete planters will be sure to protect your plants when the weather gets tough!

#3: Size of Pot

Pot size is, in my opinion, the MOST OVERLOOKED problem of succulent killers. Because if your pot is too big, your succulent will die!!! 

This is more of a water problem than a size problem. If you have a large pot, then you will have lots of soil that will be wet. This soil will have water where the small plant roots can’t reach. This extra, unreachable water will cause too much moisture to sit for too long and will lead to root rot.

Even with proper drainage, you need to make sure that the walls of your pot are only an inch or two bigger than your succulents’ current pot (on all sides). This is why a lot of succulent planters tend to be shallow pots that can fit a few succulents together in an arrangement, but that are still shallow enough that the small roots can still reach the bottom of the pot.

Potting Multiple Succulents Together

If you want to pot multiple succulents together in a succulent arrangement or succulent planter, then your best bet is to buy a large, shallow container. Then, make sure that it is stuffed full of succulents! This will help it have enough roots everywhere so you won’t have those pockets of soil that the roots can’t reach…

Pot Recommendations:

  • All-Around Favorite: D’vine Dev Terracotta Pots
  • Best for Shorter Succulents (And Best Value!): Brajtt Plant Pots
  • Best for a Group of Succulents: Kimisty 10 Inch Round Succulent Planter Bowl
  • Best for Hanging Succulents: Mkono 8 inch Ceramic Hanging Planter
  • Best for Large Succulents: Aveyas 6/8/10 inch Ceramic Planter Pot

#1: All-Around Favorite – Terracotta Pots by D’vine Dev

These pots are fantastic because they are not only terracotta pots, but they also have drainage holes, the perfect-fit saucer, a drainage net (to keep the soil from coming out), and a “scratch pad” to put under your pot. This ensures that your pot has great drainage, but also that it keeps your surfaces dry and scratch-free! 

These guys have really thought of everything that an indoor succulent grower needs out of a pot. And that’s why it’s my all-around favorite set of succulent pots!

#2: Best for Shorter Succulents (And Best Value) – Brajtt Succulent Pots

These white, modern pots are perfect for your shorter succulents that don’t have deep root systems. I love that each pot has a small drainage hole, and they come with a functional, stylish bamboo tray to catch any excess water before it stains your window ledge.

And to get 8 pots for only $14.99 (at the time of writing this post)… that’s an AMAZING deal!!!

#3: Best for a Group of Succulents – Kimisty 10 inch Round Succulent Planter Bowl

This planter dish is perfect for succulent arrangements or succulent gardens! It is a glazed ceramic pot with a drainage hole and a plug (to keep your surfaces clean!). It also has a gorgeous, airy stand and white decorative rocks to make your succulent garden go from amateur to professional!

I especially love the size of this planter dish, since most are only about 6” long. With this dish coming in at a solid 10” diameter, (choose the “large” size), it fits a lot of succulents!

#4: Best for Hanging Succulents – Mkono 8 Inch Ceramic Hanging Planter

I searched far and wide for the perfect hanging succulent planters, and this is the one that I finally discovered!

It is a sturdy glazed ceramic pot that comes with a removable drainage plug for excess water. It also comes with a rope and pre-drilled holes, so all you need now is a strong hook! This hanging pot is suitable for indoor or outdoor use.

#5: Best For Large Succulents – Aveyas 6/8/10 Inch Ceramic Planter Pot

This sleek, modern pot is perfect for larger succulents! It comes with both a drainage plug and a saucer so you can really control the pot’s drain holes and protect your furniture. This pot also comes with a matching pot stand, a drainage net, and planter filler to add even more drainage to the bottom of your pot!

Your large succulents are definitely going to enjoy being in one of these!

Those are my best pots for succulents! If you still have questions, check out the frequently asked questions below, or join my plant community on Facebook, Houseplants for Plant Killers!

Then if you’re looking for your next step in your succulent journey, download my free resource, the Succulent Care Guide!

Happy Digging!

Frequently Asked Questions:

Do succulents need deep pots?

Larger succulents need deep pots, but small succulents would die in deep pots. The trick is to plant your succulent in a pot that is only an inch or two deeper than its current pot. This way, the root system will be able to reach the water all the way at the bottom of your pot.

Do succulents grow better in pots?

Most plants grow better when planted in the ground. However, if your environment isn’t hot and dry, then your succulents would actually prefer to be in a pot, where they will have better drainage and can be brought indoors when it gets cold or damp.

Can succulents stay in small pots?

Some small succulent varieties will stay perfectly happy in their small pots. However, some larger succulents will grow to where they don’t have enough room and will eventually need to be repotted into larger pots. This all depends on your type of succulent and its mature size and growth habit.

Do succulents like to be crowded?

Yes. If your succulents are in a wide pot, they do better if they are crowded. This lessens the possibility of your pot having drainage issues. It also makes the most beautiful succulent arrangements. So feel free to pack them in!

Do you put succulents in plastic pots?

Yes, you can. Just make sure that your pot still has good drainage. Don’t use plastic pots for outdoor succulents, though, as these tend to heat up, dry out, and fall over more than ceramic pots. For indoor use, however, plastic pots will be just fine.

What is the easiest succulent to grow?

There are a number of succulents that are easier to grow than others. These include haworthias, echeverias, and sedums. For a complete list, check out my post 12 Easiest Succulents to Grow Indoors.

How often should you water a succulent?

Generally, you should water your succulents once the soil has become dry, but before it begins to pull away from the sides of your pot. This is usually between every five to seven days, depending on the amount of sunlight, temperature, and season. Check out my post “How Often Should I Water my Succulent” for more details.

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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

If you have any more plant-related questions, feel free to comment below or shoot me an email. You can also join my Facebook group, “Houseplants for Plant Killers” to receive personalized help and plant tips whenever you need!

Happy Digging!

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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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Gifts for a Plant Lover: 10 Unique Gift Ideas!

Unsure of what to buy for that special plant lover in your life? Check out one of these 10 unique gift ideas! The perfect gift for any plant person!

Sometimes shopping for plant lovers can be difficult. Especially if you aren’t a plant-lover yourself, it can all be somewhat confusing. So I put together this list of 10 items that would all make a GREAT gift for a plant lover. Show them that you really care!

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Face Plant/Glasses Holder

This is one of my FAVORITE pot ideas ever! Not only fun, but this pot is also very practical for those who wear glasses (I get it… I wore glasses my entire childhood…) Plus, pot it up with one of the best air-purifying plants, and your plant-lover friend will not only have a place for their special set of glasses or sunglasses, but they will also sleep better! It’s a win, win, win!!!

Gifts for a Plant Lover: #1 - Face Pot
AeroGarden Countertop Hydroponic Herb System

For all those techie plant-lovers (we know you’re out there!) here’s the AMAZING hydroponic herb grower! This kit includes a set of starter herb seeds (6 pods) as well as the built-in LED plant lights that automatically turn on and off. This system will also remind you when you need to add more water, and when you need to add more plant food! Seriously, this high-tech herb planter makes it IMPOSSIBLE to fail!

Gifts for a Plant Lover: #2 - Smart Hydroponic Herb System
Pink Mini Garden Tool Set

Wondering why someone would need a miniature tool set? Honestly, this mini toolkit can be SUPER helpful. The main uses are in planting, cleaning, watering, and pruning small plants such as succulents, cacti, fairy garden plants, or small bonsai. The pink is perfect for women, but this company also has blue tools as well. Just make sure that whatever kit you end up purchasing, that it includes the mini watering nozzle. Trust me! These watering nozzles are a MUST for small indoor plants!

Gifts for a Plant Lover: #3 - Mini Succulent and Cactus Tool Kit
1-of-a-kind Red Copper Plated Birch Leaf Necklace

This necklace is truly remarkable! It isn’t just made from a mold like other necklaces. The producers hand-pick a birch leaf, press and dry it, remove the chlorophyll, then plate it in red copper. You are buying an actual leaf! Preserved forever in it’s one-of-a-kind design! Be aware… no two necklaces are the same! Sorry about all the exclamation points… I just LOVE this necklace!!!

Gifts for a Plant Lover: #4 - Red Copper Birch Leaf
Vintage Plant Mister

This GORGEOUS plant mister is useful for anyone who owns a palm, fern, or other high-humidity plant. But this vintage mister is also a decor piece for anyone who uses their plants as a design aspect to their home! Leave it on any shelf to add to the decor and to show off to your friends! Such a dazzling gift for a plant lover! 

Gifts for a Plant Lover: #5 - Vintage Plant Mister
Organic Cat Grass Growing Kit

Give your plant lover something to give to their plant loving furry friend! I know cats can cause quite a bit of damage when they snack on your plants… so try giving them something they CAN munch on! Cat grass provides your pet with essential vitamins and minerals that most indoor cats don’t have access to. So get them away from your other plants by treating them with their own scrumptious greens!

Gifts for a Plant Lover: #6 - Cat Grass Grow Kit
Succ without You Pot and Plant

This cute little gift not only comes with the endearing pot, but it also comes with a live echeveria succulent! Spoil that special someone by letting them know you care… and having them be reminded of that every time they water their plant! Oh… so much love!!!

Gifts for a Plant Lover: #7 - Succ Without You Pot
Bonsai Tree Seed Starter Kit

This kit is perfect for any plant-lover who wants to grow a few bonsai trees! This kit includes everything you need to grow 4 different bonsai tree species, as well as instructions that will help you along the way! Definitely a great gift for the more experimental or adventurous plant lover!

Gifts for a Plant Lover: #8 - Bonsai Starter Grow Kit
It’s Not Hoarding if it’s Plants Mug

This is a great gift to give during those cold, winter months! Make your friend/relative/significant other smile with this cute plant mug! For all of us plant-lovers who can admit that they probably have a lot of plants… but still need more!

Gifts for a Plant Lover: #9 - Plant Hoarder Mug
Galison 1000pc Houseplant Jungle Jigsaw Puzzle

This plant puzzle is a collage of over 50 different plants! Bring out your true plant nerd as you challenge your brain with this amazing adult puzzle! Final dimensions are 20″ x 27″. The perfect gift for a plant lover who also enjoys puzzling!

Gifts for a Plant Lover: #10 - Plant Foliage Puzzle

I hope you’ve found inspiration for what to buy for your plant-lover! Believe me… anything from this list will get them smiling and excited! Because there’s nothing more loving than recognizing and supporting each others’ hobbies. So pick out one of these gifts, and let me know how it goes! AND… since I’m really rooting for you… if you haven’t been inspired by any of these gifts, you can find some more gift ideas here!

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How to Get Rid of Powdery Mildew

This summer my house was hit BAD with powdery mildew!!! And it wasn’t even really my fault! I didn’t buy any plants with it… it simply spread from the neighbor’s yard! But wherever it comes from, powdery mildew can damage a wide range of plants, spotting the leaves, then eventually causing the infected leaves to die back and drop. This can eventually kill your entire plant. So basically, it’s no fun at all! That’s why I did some experimenting, and found out how to get rid of it fast!

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What to Do…

Here’s the secret… as soon as you see it, spray your plants with fungicide!!! This is the fungicide that I purchased because it is safe to use on edible plants. Just make sure that you don’t harvest anything for 30 days, and then you either wash off the plant, or you wash off the produce before you eat anything that has been sprayed.

powdery mildew fungicide from amazon

So the best tips I can give you from my experience are…


First, make sure that you spray your plant at the earliest sign of powdery mildew! If you can help it, don’t wait until the black spots have formed (this is a sign that the fungus has already reached a mature stage of growth)!

If you spray the leaves where the powdery mildew has already formed the black spots, then plan on losing those leaves. The fungicide will kill the fungus, but the leaf won’t be healthy enough to recover, and will most likely die either way.


The second piece of advice I can give you is to dilute the solution according to the instructions! The first time I sprayed, I was so anxious to get rid of the powdery mildew, that I added a bit more fungicide than I should have… (I mean they only have you add about a teaspoon per gallon! Surely that won’t be strong enough?!?!)

Anyways, long story short, I about tripled my teaspoon and ended up killing some of my seedlings because the dosage was too strong. 

So basically, follow the dosage, and if you still have some powdery mildew a few weeks later, then spray a second time. Don’t go all fungicide-happy and try to up the dosage to kill it all at once… or you might end up killing some of your plants as well!


The third and last note that I have for y’all is that I sprayed this fungicide on my indoor plants. Yeah, they got the powdery mildew from outside, but I brought them indoors for the upcoming winter, so I had to spray them indoors. 

With two toddlers and two pets, I was worried about safety, but this fungicide was safe as long as it dried before anyone decided to taste the leaves (I’m thinking mainly of my plant-chewing cat!) But by spraying at night, I knew that it would have dried completely by the next morning, and sure enough that’s what happened. Safe for everyone!

So if you’re still on the fence, I would highly recommend you take the leap and purchase this fungicide! Like I said, it worked great, was safe for the kids and pets, and worked for my edibles! And at only a measly teaspoon per use, it’s going to last me for years! (Which is also great, because the powdery mildew will sadly keep spreading year after year from my neighbor’s yard until they decide to do something about it, which is out of my control… ) 

So stop the battle, save yourself the worry, and get this fungicide before your powdery mildew has formed its black spots! Good luck, and feel free to leave any additional questions or comments below! And for some indoor plant inspiration, check out this list of easy, low-maintenance houseplants!

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Top 10 Trending Indoor Plant Pots

What is up again everyone?!?! So today we’re going to have some fun with the top trending indoor plant pots! Right now we’ve seen some awesome, sleek, simplistic designs becoming popular. I give credit to the huge minimalist living movement, which has inspired simple lines and basic colors that soothe the mind after a long day at work.

So pick your favorite of these super cute pots and add it to your collection today!

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Indoor Plant Pots #1: Coral Lemons

Kicking it off with the bright ‘Living Coral’ Color of the Year, we’ve got a cute set of pots that feature bright lemons on a background of coral. These pots remind me a bit of an Andy Warhol painting… sure to brighten up any space with these splashes of color!

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Indoor Plant Pots #2: White Ceramic Plant Containers with Gold and Grey Detailing

This pot set combines a modern shape with cool, minimalist colors that are sure to look great in any design! These are perfect for any area you want a small, attractive grouping of plants.

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Indoor Plant Pots #3: Dundee Bronze Floor Planter

The Dundee Bronze floor planter is actually made of 100% iron with a bronze finish. Absolutely stunning for a modern, minimalist style, this pot is sure to last for years with its durable build. And consider purchasing it together with a plant stand to show it off!

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Indoor Plant Pots #4: A & B Home Terracotta Planters

Going back to vintage, this blue color goes perfectly with the ‘Living Coral’ Color of the Year! This four-pot set each has a unique, antique pattern that looks great indoors or out.

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Indoor Plant Pots #5: Ferris Wheel Succulent Pot Holder

It’s no wonder this cute little plant stand has been trending. What plant lover doesn’t want a plant Ferris Wheel! This set includes the pots along with the rotating stand that is sure to help your succulents make a statement!

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Indoor Plant Pots #6: Ceramic Succulent Planter with Bamboo Drainage Trays

This set of 3 round succulents is meant for creating a grouping of small succulents that add a variety of colors and textures. It includes bamboo drainage trays that not only add another natural element to your planter, but it is also extremely practical in saving your tabletops from water damage!

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Indoor Plant Pots #7: Ceramic Succulent Magnetic Pots

Be sure to check out this awesome succulent pot that is magnetic! This makes it perfect to easily hang on any magnetic surface. There is the square, trapezoidal, and watering can shaped pots available!

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Indoor Plant Pots #8: Unbreakable Resin Plant Containers

This set of two indoor/outdoor pots is extremely durable! Made out of resin, they are heavier than plastic pots, but much lighter than real stone. Just be aware of the raised drainage plug at the bottom of the pot. It makes the actual pot depth about 8″.

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Indoor Plant Pots #9: Geometric Hanging Planter

With the trend of vertical gardening, it’s no wonder that these modern hanging planters are such a hot item right now! Either buy one to accent a small space, or get several to create stylish wall decor!

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Indoor Plant Pots #10: Modern Plant Stand Pots

If you’ve been paying any attention to the indoor plant scene, then I’m sure you’ve seen these super sleek modern plant stands. But the hardest part of achieving this look is finding a pot that doesn’t have sloping walls. Well, here it is! Here are the amazing vertical plant pots that have been starring in the most current modern homes!

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There’s the roundup of 2019’s top trending pots! I’m excited to see what next year brings! Let me know in the comments below what you think about these pots, as well as which ones you have and like the best! For some indoor plant recommendations, check out my post on Modern Indoor Plants, Low Light Houseplants, or Plants for a BOHO Bedroom!

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Awesome Self Watering Pots!

Self-Watering Pots Image

So, as I’ve been getting busier in my life (with two young kids and my husband still in school…) I’ve been trying to find some short-cuts for my days. And one thing that would always take a ton of time every morning was watering all of my houseplants (of course, I have quite a few of them lol!). So looking at one of my favorite purchasing websites (Amazon!) I decided to try out these proclaimed ‘self-watering’ pots. Why not try them out, and let ya’ll know how it went?! Well, I am sure glad that I did! Now I want 10 more!!!

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I ended up purchasing the Medium-sized Mkono 3-pack Self Watering Planter Pots. I really liked the modern look of them and thought they’d fit well with my home decor.

When they arrived and I was so excited! I waited until the kids were in bed, then I recorded an awesome video opening the package, putting the pots together, and potting up all three of my plants!

Once I finished, I hit save… and my computer froze!!! 

So that’s why I don’t have an amazing video to show y’all… 🙁

So now I’ll just have to tell you all how it went… and show you the pictures. But I promise I’ll get this video thing figured out soon though!

So here’s what I’ve thought about the self-watering pots (now that I’ve had them for about 6 months…)

I was definitely a bit skeptical at first about the whole “self-watering” concept. I thought for sure that it would be too wet for my plants. So to test out my theory, I used plants of different watering preferences to see which plants would die because of over-watering…

I used…

Heartleaf Philodendron ‘Brazil’


This plant loves water and can even be grown in a soilless media!

Parlor Palm


This palm does well being lightly moist, but being allowed to dry out in between watering during the winter.



Peperomia is a semi-succulent, so it stores some water in its thick leaves. Because of this, it doesn’t need as much water and likes to be dry in between waterings.

I totally expected my Peperomia to rot… (I was willing to sacrifice it for y’all!)… However, what I found was surprising…

All of my plants loved it!

I was so shocked! The suction power of the strings directly corresponded with how fast the plant as taking up water. And guys, not only did my plants not rot, but they grew like crazy!!! (Even in the winter!)

self-watering pots

I was amazed! I guess I didn’t have super high expectations going in, but these pots totally blew my mind!

Here are the Pro’s and Con’s that I found with these pots:

  • Decreased my watering from once a day to once or twice a week!
  • Great pots that look great in my modern home design!
  • My plants LOVED the consistently light moisture!
  • Because half the pot is filled with water, the actual pot size is rather small
  • If the water was filled too high and touched the soil, then the plant/soil would get too wet…
  • My Peperomia grew so much that it started tipping over the light-weight, plastic pot!

There you have it! Make sure that your plant isn’t too big and you’re set! So stop having to water your plants every day, and instead, watch them grow like crazy!

I don’t know about you, but I’m definitely going to be getting more of these awesome self-watering pots!

Happy Digging!

**Note: Do not use this pot for succulents or cacti.**

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Buying Succulents Online

Here’s the deal… I live in a small town. And in a small town, there just aren’t that many options for buying indoor plants. I’ve always wanted to try out some succulents, but I never found any good options around here. And so with this frustration on my mind, I decided to try buying some online…

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After looking at several different sites, I found some decent prices on AmazonI was a bit skeptical at first. I mean, who buys their plants off of Amazon?! But even though I had my doubts, I went ahead and ordered. And I’m glad that I did. Here’s what I thought…

First off, the plants arrived within the week. Not as fast as picking them up from a garden center, but then again, it was shipped straight to me (which is helpful saving a trip). I got a variety of succulents (5 different types to be exact) and did I mention, they were delivered right to my door! Having kids, it’s especially helpful when I can just answer the door and get a box with exactly what I wanted inside. Not too bad!

Pro’s to Buying Succulents Online

I also got them delivered in the middle of the winter! I don’t know about you, but up here in Idaho the garden center is closed about 9 months out of the year. So to get plants in the middle of winter totally satisfied my winter need for something green!

Some more little details… they were a bit smaller than I’d imagined, but were the perfect size for a group planter on my windowsill. They arrived in the mail without getting crushed or damaged and were extremely well packaged. They even did well being shipped in the cold! (I was afraid they’d get frost damage from the freezing temperatures we’ve been having.) There were also a few little pups already on the plants that I could use to grow even more! This was definitely an added bonus!

Con’s to Buying Succulents Online

However, the one thing that I noticed was that the soil they arrived in needed to be switched out. So plan ahead and buy either 5 small 3″ pots, or one shallow 6″ pot to put them all into. Also have some cactus and succulent potting soil on hand to plant them in. And make sure that your soil is very well-draining. Cactus potting mix is the recommended soil type for all succulents. Water thoroughly when transplanted, but make sure that it drains well and that there is no excess water in the pot. These are also a super cute option of pots to go along with your brand new succulents! I personally ordered them and all of my succulents fit perfectly!

So all in all, I think my succulents from Amazon were great! It’s good to know that I shouldn’t be afraid to buy them online and neither should you. Plants ordered online were just as healthy and cute as any I would have picked up from the store! And for care information for these plants, check out my post on Succulent Plant Care! And remember, have fun with it!

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