You may have already guessed the key to our hearts is houseplants. We love flowers, too, but they can feel like a bit of a cliché around Valentine’s Day – not to mention the sticker shock.
A houseplant, on the other hand, can live for years with the proper attention and TLC. Kind of like, you know, a loving relationship. So this year, we propose that you branch out by giving your person something that lasts more than a few days.
Here are our top five picks for Valentine’s day:
1) Sweetheart hoya (Hoya kerrii): This succulent is literally heart-shaped, so it doesn’t get any more apropos than this. The sweetheart hoya does best in bright or indirect light, although it can tolerate relatively low light. It is also fairly drought-tolerant, so if your sweetheart is forgetful, this plant is a perfect choice. Just bear in mind that Hoya cuttings rarely grow beyond the original single leaf – but it space-challenged apartments, this can also be a good thing.
Sweetheart hoya: Available for purchase at the Sill
2) Chain of hearts (Ceropegia linearis subsp. woodii): This hardy plant only looks delicate with its cascading vines featuring small heart-shaped leaves. This is a personal favorite of ours, and while it can be tricky to find, it will be sure to win over any Valentine. The fact that it is a forgiving plant – partial shade or full sun is best – makes this a perfect houseplant gift.
Chain of Hearts: Available for purchase at Pistil's Nursery
3) Heart-leaf philodendron (Philodendron cordatum): You probably get where we are going here. One of the easiest plants to care for, the heart-leaf philodendron is an excellent choice for the less confident houseplant owner. The green or variegated heart-shaped leaves are striking and its hardy nature means that this plant is sure to be as enduring as your love.
Heart-Leaf Philodendron: Available for purchase at the Sill
4) Pink polka dot plant (Hypoestes phyllostachya): If you’re looking for a colorful houseplant option in lieu of flowers, you can’t beat the foliage of the pink polka dot plant - the leaves can be red, pink or white with mixed with a contrasting dark green. Since the plants get the best color in low light levels but can grow leggy, indirect bright sunlight is generally the ideal conditions for this houseplant.
Pink polka dot plant: Available for purchase at Costa Farms
5) Anthurium: Quite possibly the closest thing to cut flowers, you get the drama of blooms with the endurance of a houseplant. The red, white or pink flowers consist of a heart-shaped spathe (a modified leaf that surrounds a flower cluster) and a central spadex. Keep in mind that anthuriums are not the easiest houseplants to care for, but if your skills are up to the challenge, this is a super chic houseplant. We’d recommend the Anthurium scherzerianum variety, as this lends itself better to indoor care – think bright indirect light, high humidity, and consistently moist but not soaked soil.
Red anthurium: Available for purchase at Costa Farms
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