For years, I had what some would consider, a "brown thumb." Every plant I touched died, and I ended up with a barren wasteland of pots and twigs-- surefire signs that I didn't know what I was doing. (HINT: It's called watering regularly)
After moving out of my old house and into my new one, my brown thumb started to turn a bit more green, thanks to my new best friend: automatic sprinklers.
With this budding skill, I began to venture into not only growing plants myself, but also giving them as gifts.
Pro tip: when you're not sure how "garden friendly" a pal of yours may be, stick with succulents and air plants. They'll thank you later.
If you're looking to pull together your own quick gift (great for a birthday, housewarming, and thank-you's!) take a gander at the tutorial below.
WHAT YOU NEED
A vase or container (I used one I picked up at TJ Maxx / HomeGoods for a few bucks)
Decorative pebbles -- pick these up at Home Depot, Michael's or even Target (based on season)
Plants (if you're using succulents, you'll need a bit of soil too; if you're using air plants like I am, you'll just need the plant(s)! I recommend ~3 plants if your vase has the same surface area as your hand)
Scissors to trim off any excess / rogue leaves
OPTIONAL: spray fertilizer or mister
LET'S DO THIS!
Rinse out your vase and clean it up-- you don't want any goobers hanging out inside under the rocks that will forever haunt your creation
For air plants, fill the base of your vase with enough pebbles that if you stuck your finger in it, it would cover up to your second knuckle (~1 inch)
For succulents, add enough gravel or stones to coat the bottom of the vase, and then top with a full finger or more of soil (~3 inches)
Place your plants, trimming off any wilted or damaged leaves
For succulents, add a small sprinkling of pebbles atop the soil
Mist with water and / or fertilizer
Add a bow, and gift away!