Creating a special, personalised growing gift for Mother’s Day is easy and will bring mum months of beautiful colour or edible delights (they’ll certainly last longer than flowers and choccies!). Plus, get the kids involved to help make a truly special experience.
Step 1: Choose a decorative pot
Pick a pretty pot or window box with good drainage holes. The larger the pot, the easier it will be to look after, as larger containers can hold more moisture and nutrients. Kids can also decorate a plain unglazed terracotta pot with bright water based child-friendly paints. Hand and finger prints add a very personal touch. Once dry, coat with PVA glue to help seal it and provide a longer lasting finish.
Step 2: Fill with potting mix & choose your plants
Choose a good quality potting mix such as Yates Potting Mix with Dynamic Lifter. Chrysanthemum daisies are one of the most popular and traditional plants for Mother's Day and come in a wide variety of gorgeous flower colours, from white, cream and yellow through to almost every shade of pink and even light green. Other pretty flower choices for pots include impatiens, cyclamens, pansies and dwarf salvias. Potted herbs also make a fabulous (and tasty!) growing gift. A window box can be planted with a variety of fragrant herbs like rosemary, thyme, chives and sage and can be productive for years. Alternatively, strawberries, leafy salad greens or blueberries also make ideal potted plants. They're the gifts that keep on giving! Finish off by tying a beautiful ribbon around the pot and adding a heartfelt card.
Step 3: Tips for mum
Position the pot according to the plant type. Chrysanthemums and herbs like a bright sunny spot outdoors. Regular watering and feeding will help keep the pot of flowers or herbs flourishing. Feed flowering plants like chrysanthemums with a specially formulated liquid plant food like potassium enriched Yates Thrive Roses & Flowers and leafy herbs with Yates Thrive Vegie & Herb.
Step 4: Keep it looking great
Keep the plants tidy and compact by regularly removing any old flower heads or browned leaves and stems.