With Mother's Day right around the corner, sons and daughters (and fathers) are running to florists, online and offline, to pick out a bouquet for Mom. But doesn't Mom deserve a gift that lasts longer than a few days? We think we have a better alternative: terrariums. Here are 5 reasons why these indoor gardens make a better gift than flowers for that special woman in your life on Mother's Day, Valentine's Day or any other occasion.
As any .com florist site will show you, bouquets nowadays start at $40 and go all the way up to $100, not to mention shipping costs. For flowers that will only be around for a few days, that's a steep price.Terrariums, on the other hand, have a similar price point but they outlast flowers by years!
Terrariums last for years, even decades, once you find the right balance of water and light. A lot of us don't think about it, but cut flowers are really just dead plants. They'll stick around for a few days, maybe a week and then rot. Why give dead flowers when you can give the gift of a living plant?
One of the best things about terrariums is that they are very low maintenance. No green thumb? No problem! All terrariums need is a spritz of water every few weeks and indirect sunlight. (It's one less thing she has to worry about.) Bouquets, on the other hand, need fresh water and plant food daily, but will only survive up to a week.
4. Better for the planet
Don't judge a book by it's cover. Flowers are beautiful but within them lurk heavy traces of pesticides. Flower farms use a strong cocktail of pesticides, fungicides and herbicides that not only affect the people working around them but affect you because of the lingering residue of toxic chemicals. (Source:HuffPost). Terrariums don't require all that because they are sturdy and long-lasting desert plants. And they're better for you... keep reading to find out how.
5. Better for you.
An often overlooked part of terrariums is that they are essentially mini indoor gardens. Whether they're hanging from the ceiling or perched on your coffee table, these planters aren't just looking pretty; they're also cleaning the air. The EPA says people in the US spend 90% of time inside. Indoor plants filter 87% of the pollutants in our homes and offices while providing us with oxygen. (Source: EPA Can a flower arrangement do that?
If these reasons don't convince you that a terrarium is a much better gift than a flower bouquet, we have two words for you: FREE SHIPPING!