Some Christmas gift ideas for novice and expert plant lovers – Manila newsletter


As the famous song says, “It’s starting to look a lot like Christmas.” The company is slowly preparing for the long-awaited vacation by installing seasonally appropriate decorations, planning Christmas Eve dinner and giving gifts. Many people take gifts very seriously, sparing no expense and spending a lot of time finding the perfect gifts.

As many have taken to gardening, plants have also become a suitable choice for gardening enthusiasts. Those who are considering giving plants as gifts have a wide range of species to choose from. Three gardeners share some suggestions on which plants make a great gift.

Something easy, beautiful and affordable

Albert Tang, a fourth-year Bachelor of Management student at Ateneo De Manila University, has been gardening since he was 12 years old. He now has around 120 cultivars and species in his garden, including the larger water lily species. His collection started with cacti and succulents. He eventually developed other interests in caudiciformes, euphorbias, haworthias, aroids, begonias and jewel orchids.

Begonias from the collection of Albert Howard Tang (Photo courtesy of Albert Howell Tang)

(Learn more about Tang’s gardening business here)

Tang suggests giving novice gardeners cultivars or species of cane begonia for Christmas, as they are easy to maintain and propagate. Plus, these come in a variety of shapes and sizes, making them a great addition to their starter collection.

Cane begonias are so called because of their tough bamboo-like stems. They are also known as Angel Winged Begonias due to the shape of their leaves. The plant is native to Brazil and is characterized by erect stems with interesting dotted leaves, unique colors and a captivating display of flowers. Beginner gardeners will also love having cane begonias, as they grow at a moderately rapid rate, with noticeable growth visible in just six weeks.

Something festive

One of the first things that comes to mind when people think of Christmas are Christmas trees. These trees, made of pine or synthetic, are adorned with a variety of ornaments to signify the holiday celebration. But Genielyn Lorenzo, owner of Lolo Boy’s Plant House in Quezon City, believes trees aren’t just for decoration. She thinks these make a good Christmas present as well.

Lorenzo created Lolo Boy’s Plant House to honor his father, who shares his love for gardening, and to help displaced workers in their food business stay afloat during the pandemic.

(Read more about Plant House Lolo Boy here)

A table pine. (Photo by Genielyn Lorenzo)

She suggests gifting plant lovers who love Christmas table pines. It gives the recipient a vacation feel at home even though the vacation is over. It is also a natural and more affordable alternative to artificial trees.

“In containers, cypress pines grow best in very well-drained, but moist to moist soil. They don’t like constantly soggy or damp soils. Therefore, I recommend using a top quality potting soil or potting soil, or a 50/50 mixture of the two, in a container with one or more drainage holes, ”she added.

Something practical

Plants aren’t the only gifts beginning and novice gardeners would love to receive. As Hardin Ni Lucia, owners of the Quezon City-based plant store, explains, other items can help make life for gardeners more convenient.

Hardin Ni Lucia was created by the Guanlao family to honor their grandmother’s love for plants and to inspire others to start gardening. Most of the plants that the Guanlaos sell in their store come from their mother’s collection.

(Learn more about Hardin Ni Lucia here)

Those who are considering giving a gift to an avid gardener may want to consider gardening supplies and devices such as fertilizer, humidifiers, or grow lights as freebies. These items are not only helpful in the gardening process, but they are also practical.

While many gardening enthusiasts will appreciate the gift they receive, whether it’s a plant or a gardening tool, it’s important to remember that it’s the thought that matters most.

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