Valentine's Day is here again, and if you’re anything like us, you’ve either forgotten it or left it too late. No stress, we’ve got you covered with our Plant Lover’s Guide to Valentine's Day. It’s not about giant teddy bears, heart-shaped boxes of chocolate and the tacky balloons anymore - if youreallywant to tell your partner you love them, give them a plant. Nothing says “You’re special and I trust you will be able to keep this alive” like aMacodes petola (Jewel Orchid) or an Anthurium clarinervium. And if those two don’t do it for you, read on - there are plenty more.
Below are our Top Five plants to gift on Valentine’s Day!
1. Hoya Heart (Hoya kerrii)
A classic choice. This is our pick for new relationships as it conveys all the romance of a teddy bear holding a heart, but without the tack. Plus, it's small (read: economical) and chances are it won’t grow more than the single cutting so your lover won’t need to make space for it.
2. Chain of Hearts (Ceropegia woodii)
Yes, yes there is a theme here, but Valentine’s Day isn’t about subtlety. Lots of little hearts, attached to trailing vines that will spill out nicely over a bookshelf or window sill. It's succulent too, so recommended for those of you with more...forgetful partners. This one says - “You’re wonderful, and we’re not ready for kids just yet”
3. Moth Orchid (Phalenopsis spp.)
If roses are your usual go to, think about this: the flowers on a Moth Orchid can last up to six months. Orchids are also often associated with fertility, virility and sexuality, so if kids are being discussed, this is the plant for you.
4. Heart of Jesus (Caldium.)
So the name is a little intense, butdamn these leaves look good. The heart-shaped leaves are so thin that when held up to the light you can see right through them, and each leaf is its own world of colour. They’re harder to come by though, so great if you’ve remembered Valentine’s Day and had the time to do some serious plant hunting, but not ideal if you’re reading this at 9pm on 13th Feb....
5. Variegated Monstera (Monstera deliciosa ‘Albo Variegata’)
It’s no secret we love Monsteras. Easy to care for, fast growing and BIG, monsteras tick all our plant-nerd boxes. Problem is, they’re so common a regular Monstera won’t cut it for a Valentine’s Day gift. Bring on the Albo, a plant so damn expensive ($640 on ebay at time of writing) that if you do gift it, you might want to steal yourself a cutting beforehand, just in case things don’t work out….