All Things Gardening forum: Bad plant gifts

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Name: Keith
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keithp2012
Nov 10, 2014 12:59 PM CST
An air plant Christmas ornament, the glue alone is bad enough, but risk of water near lights on the tree, not good! http://www.amazon.com/Hinterland-Trading-Tillandsia-Bromelia...
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Cinta
Nov 14, 2014 1:06 PM CST
When I saw that I thought of it more of hanging in a window and not on a tree. Or........Used with battery operated lights. I have one similar that I have had for years. It was originally sold as a rooting bulb. I would put clippings in it and hang it in the window.
Name: Keith
West Babylon, NY (Zone 7a)
Region: United States of America Winter Sowing Plays in the sandbox Birds Native Plants and Wildflowers Tomato Heads
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keithp2012
Nov 14, 2014 2:31 PM CST
Cinta said:When I saw that I thought of it more of hanging in a window and not on a tree. Or........Used with battery operated lights. I have one similar that I have had for years. It was originally sold as a rooting bulb. I would put clippings in it and hang it in the window.


A bulb? This isn't a bulb plant it's an air plant, either way they sell it for a tree, which any plant won't get proper light from anyway! What bulb was yours, what species?
Name: tarev
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tarev
Nov 14, 2014 3:19 PM CST
Not really a bad gift per se, just a bad marketing ploy. If recipient is resourceful enough to learn about the plant, it can be grown that way and not merely using it as a christmas decor. I grow some of my tilly's in a glass hanging outdoors. It loves the set-up, and I got many pups already.

Unfortunately, to the untrained/ unknowledgeable recipient..they will just treat it as a throw away gift...and that really makes it bad.
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Cinta
Nov 15, 2014 11:43 AM CST
I have not ordered it so I do not know if they have care instructions but CVS sell all kinds of container and little plants and there are detail care instructions in the box.

When I said rooting bulb I was saying the glass bulb itself that you would put water in and lay cuttings like philodendron, ivy in they hang down from the glass bulb and you could hang it in the window.

As novelty gifts go at Christmas time I do not think of it as a very bad gift so much because it is the thought. Many older people do not have a traditional tree and just hang different colored Christmas tree bulbs on a tree rack.

I am trying to say sometime we have to step out of the box that we all celebrate, decorate the same for Christmas. I have worked with Senior homes and Holidays there are some that were past gardeners and love to see a living plant in their room.

If it was my last days and not a lot of years left to live would I enjoy a living plant hanging in my room? Yes it would be a great present for me. Depending on what side of leaving this earth I might be the plant would probably out live me.

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