January Newsletter – Top 5 Plants for Valentine’s Day
1. Hoya Heart (Hoya Kerri)
Also known as the Valentine Heart or Sweetheart plant, the Hoya Heart with its signature heart-shaped leaf makes a sweet gift for your sweetheart. Easy to grow and with minimal care needs, the Hoya Heart makes a great gift for a beginner houseplant owner. Since they are slow growers, Hoya Hearts are often sold as a single leaf cutting that will remain cute and compact.
Hoya Hearts that include nodes will gradually grow into a trailing vine with multiple leaves after years of growth and may even flower annually. The aromatic compounds produced by the flowers from Hoya plants are prized as fragrances in perfumes, and the flowers are also cultivated as ornamentals in warmer climates.
2. String of Hearts (Ceropegia)
When one heart isn’t enough, why not get a whole string? This succulent perennial vine is treasured for it's patterned heart-shaped leaves. String of Hearts are usually green and silver in colour, but there is a rarer species with pink variegation. Let your love grow with a trailing String of Hearts plant!
Also sometimes called Flamingo Flower or Lace leaf, Anthuriums are prized for their vibrant, long-lasting colour and unique appearance. The Anthurium’s unique heart- shaped inflorescence and tropical origins make it a symbol of exotic beauty. In ancient times the Anthurium was known to symbolize Cupid’s arrow.
Anthuriums are known to represent love and friendship and are said to bring good luck upon those that possess them. Gifting an Anthurium as opposed to a rose can be a nontraditional way of expressing your love for your loved ones. Easy to care for, Anthuriums can bloom year-round, with each bloom lasting 2-3 months.
Show your long-lasting love by giving the gift of an Orchid. While roses top the list on Valentine’s Day, you may want to mix it up with something a bit different- that is where the beautiful orchids come in! Prized for their beauty and longevity, orchid blooms can last from six to ten weeks. Phalaenopsis (aka 'Moth Orchids') are by far the most popular, and bloom in a wide range of colours and patterns.
They are also grown in various presentations, including single spike, double spike, and waterfall. Orchids have been cultivated for centuries around the world, and have come to symbolize love, beauty, and refinement. With proper care, these stylish and sophisticated flowering plants will provide your loved one with graceful blooms for years to come.
5. Potted Rose
Every year on February 14, millions of people gift roses to show their love — and over 250 million are produced annually for Valentine’s Day alone (2018, according to the Society of American Florists). A dozen roses can be a gesture of love in the short term, but the gift of potted roses will last much longer with the right care.
With over 150 species and thousands of hybrids, roses have held their position as one of the world’s most beloved flowers. Their wonderful fragrance and luscious appearance make them a great choice as a Valentine’s Day gift. Grow your love with the gift of potted roses!