Potted plants are a nice addition to any living room. They can freshen the air (even if just a little), offer us something to take care of, and make the whole place look more lively. The ubiquitous plant pot with something like an Aspidistra in it is still well and good, but today’s market offers us a lot more variety.
In fact, things have changed so much from yesteryears that now we can grow veritable hydroponic farms in our apartments! We’ve made a selection of some of the coolest things available below.
AeroGarden Bounty Kit
This is the closest thing to a hydroponic farm available right now, and you won’t even need to be a botanist working in a NASA experiment to be able to use it, as the whole process is made extremely convenient and easy.
To start up your first, you only have to insert the seed pods in their appropriate slots, add water, the appropriate nutrients and adjust the UV lamp accordingly. The process won’t even be a messy one, as unlike common nurseries, the pods on the AeroGarden don’t need to be filled with any soil. On top of that, you can take cultures of cabbages, tomatoes, and other vegetables to full growth, year-round.Buy from Amazon.com for ($236)
Nature’s Blossom Complete Seed Starter
This is basically a nursery that comes equipped with everything a beginner will need to grow culinary herbs from seeds. Besides the pots and soil, you’ll get seed packages for Basil; Thyme; Cilantro; Parsley and Sage, that are certified non-GMO. A set of instructions, together with samples of the appropriate nutrients will also be there, together with everything that you’ll need to start up your little crop.
This can also be used as a nursery for transplants, of course, especially as the pots are biodegradable so you won’t have to go through the laborious process of getting the little plant out of its seeding pod.Buy from Amazon.com for ($21.49)
CrxSunny 1500W LED Grow Lights
Grow lights have been made affordable to the home grower thanks to the wide use of highly energy-efficient LEDs, that can now offer a full spectrum of lighting. This particular product uses double 5W chips per every diode, which works to cut the energy consumption per unit of brightness given.
This means you could cheaply use it to provide lighting for house-grown potted plants and seedlings as well as more pretentious greenhouse crops, that can’t otherwise be grown year-round due to light restrictions. Of course, it’s many uses don’t stop there, as this product can deliver the full spectrum of lighting required for any plant to grow.Buy from Amazon.com
Glass Home Gardens Hanging Terrarium
If you want to emphasize the decorative aspect of plant keeping, then this set of 3 tear-shaped hanging terrariums will definitely deliver. Their pleasant shape also fulfills a functional role, since the heightened roof will allow for the type of ventilation required by the air plants of the Tillandsia Bromeliad family.
These are bound to look lovely hanging around your house in their little tear bubbles, and a lot of people seem to agree, as the Glass Home Gardens product is one of the best reviewed in its category on retail sites. It can, of course, be used with other decorative content, like rocks or shells.Buy from Amazon.com for ($15)
Mkono Hanging Terrarium
Somewhat dissimilar to a bubble hanging terrarium, these glass pods from Mkono are only used to house the bottom section of the plant, rooted in either nutrient filled water or very rich soil. This gives them versatility, as the size of the species you’ll be using them with won’t prove as restrictive.
They are not that well suited to be hung like a lightbulb, but can be easily attached to a wall using appropriate mounting hardware, and you’ll be able to create a whole set-piece with them as a high number of these attractive diamond-shaped vases can be acquired for a relatively low price.Buy from Amazon.com for ($12.99)
Modern Sprout Pollinator Push Gardens
This 3-piece kit from Modern Sprout will provide you with a fun and unbelievably-easy way to draw pollinators to your garden. It contains seeds of plant species preferred by either bees, butterflies, and Colibris. These are all easy growing and won’t require too much attention on your part under natural conditions.
The “planting”, if you can call it that, is remarkably straightforward, with the three cylinders housing each of the three mixes acting like a glue gun, meaning you just have to push the wooden rod at the end for the contents to be pushed outside on the are of your choice.Buy from Amazon.com for ($26.99)
Shop Succulents Unique Succulent
Collecting Cacti and Succulents is a fun activity for any plant lover, as these pretty little items can be gathered in large numbers and require only the least amount of maintenance to be kept alive. This set of 5 from Shop Succulents should make a fine addition to any collection as they cover a wide range of shapes and colors, and only take up 2 square inches each.
They come fully rooted and carefully packaged, but your friend might still want to remove any dust that might have gathered on their leaves and add a little water once his or her gift arrives.Buy from Amazon.com for ($16.83)
Mkono 5 Pack Self Watering Planter
One of the gravest sins a potted plant owner might commit is forgetting to regularly water the plant. Likewise, a lot of us may abandon thoughts of ever owning a potted plant because our hectic schedule won’t allow for regular watering.
Mkono comes to meet these problems with their new self-watering plant pots, which should increase the time between watering from days to weeks, depending on the species. This works by allowing the water to rest in a pool at the bottom of the pot, from which it is slowly drawn, as the soil or dirt above dries up.Buy from Amazon.com for ($15.99)
How to find a cool plant gift
Sometimes, finding the right present for your beloved one could prove a difficult to impossible task, especially if you are under time pressure or a limited budget. It is even more annoying to look for appropriate gifts for acquaintances or relatives because you don’t always know their tastes or what they would want.
If your friend or relative loves nature and spending time outdoors, you are a lucky person as there are countless options for really cool, creative, innovative and useful gifts. Natural plants and flowers are always a good solution for nature lovers as they will bring happiness in all environments and could even prove healthy options for clearing the air and improving cognitive and creating capacities.
However, if you don’t know exactly how to choose a living plant or flower or don’t have the time or budget to go shopping by yourself, we suggest you further read our comprehensive guide. It contains numerous tips and tricks on how to make the most out of your shopping experience and which are the coolest plant gifts of the moment that will certainly make a good impression to your beloved ones.
How we chose the coolest plant gifts
Offering a living plant to someone symbolizes peace and prosperity in many cultures. Depending on the flower or plant you to choose to offer you open up your personality, set certain standards and send a different message. But, since there are so many good options available in flower shops and specialized stores, sometimes it is hard finding the one that symbolizes the most. Below you will find a list with the most amazing and cool flower and plant designs available right now, as well as tips on choosing the perfect living plant.
Consider the profile of the receiver
Having a living plant in your house is almost as much responsibility as taking care of a living animal. Depending on their types, plants and flowers can be extremely picky regarding their environment and living conditions. If you want your flower to prosper and bloom you need to take into consideration numerous aspects.
First of all, keep it away from extreme and direct sunlight. Most flowers love natural light but direct exposure to sunlight can cause burns and severe dryness. Thus, it is advisable to keep your plants in rooms with plenty of ventilation and natural sunlight, but keep them away from windows and terraces where the sun shines strongly.
Secondly, depending on the type of plant, watering and grooming are critical activities also. If your friend is not actually the most responsible person in the world, we suggest you start offering them plants that do not require too much attention or watering.
Cactuses or ferns only require watering once a week and other than that no particular attention. On the other hand, bonsais are extremely pretentious and, apart from constant watering and soil grooming, they require your full attention, including talking sessions to keep them entertained and loved. Yes, we are not kidding on that one.
Terrariums have become one of the coolest and most amazing environments for living plants and flowers as they come in countless shapes, sizes, and forms, and can be filled with numerous plants.
Some of the coolest types of plants available in the past few years are tillandsia air plants which don’t require soil or any type of bedding because it has no roots. As a result, you can easily plant these in your favorite suspendable terrariums and create unique designs by playing with different colors of sands and adjacent accessories. Air plants only require watering once – twice a week, depending on the season. Watering them can be easily done by sinking the plants into the water for about 10 minutes or spraying them with still water.
If you take good care of air plants, they can even bloom and release amazingly colorful flowers and will last you plenty years from now on.
Depending on their size, terrariums can be filled with entire microenvironments consisting of soils, sands, plants, mosses, lawn, and even mushrooms and accessories.
Another cool trend in both corporations and personal houses is the living vertical garden. These gardens can be set on any wall and consist of glued mosses, plants and flowers on vertically placed pieces of soil. The concept is trending because it is easy to assemble, comes in countless combinations of plants and flowers and really has the tendency of transforming any ordinary space into something brilliant.
What we also love is the power of vertical gardens to become the central piece of any room, cubicle, office or lobby. They have the ability to redesign conventional spaces and are perfect for those who want to breathe fresh air but don’t have too much space for ordinary display of pot plants and flowers.
Vertical gardens are fully customizable and, if you consider the cost for an entire wall is too high, you can always limit yourself to smaller parcels that are equally beautiful, healthy and fresh-smelling.
If you’re not sure about planting an entire vertical forest in your living room but still want to make the most out of small and crowded places, we suggest you opt for a mounted fern. The fern is vertically placed on a log of wood and can be hung on a wall similar to a painting. Needless to say, this is a cool and more budget-friendly option for those who love living plants. However, don’t forget that we are still talking about real plants, thus you will still have to keep them away from direct sunlight and water them constantly.
Succulent Orb Forms
If you want to transform your indoor space into a true natural fairy you will definitely love these succulent orb forms. The forms are ideal for creating succulent spheres which are later stuffed with high-quality and long-term sphagnum moss. Because the moss is super absorbent, you won’t require soil but only your imagination to run wild. The orb forms come unplanted, meaning you will have to choose your own combination of plants and flowers to fill them up. Once they are bloomed, you can hang them or suspend them anywhere you want to create beautiful, living, and surreal decors.