LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- No need to stress out this Valentine's Day.Chris Olsen with Botanica Gardens has the perfect Valentine's gifts to make your someone special very happy indeed.
Valentine Betta Fish Gift
Give your Valentine something different this year! Create a Valentine Betta fish arrangement! You will need: a clear vase, rocks and/or colorful gravel, one Betta fish, a clear plastic dish, a straw, and a Peace Lily plant. First, prepare your vase and stones/colorful gravel with tap water to remove any dust particles. Next, remove the Peace Lily from the pot and rinse the soil off the roots. Trim the bottom of the roots to where they are even. Cut a hole about the size of a quarter in the bottom of a 4" plastic planting tray that will fit inside the mouth of the vase. Pull the roots throughout the opening in the plastic tray and place plant inside. Place the stones/colorful gravel at the bottom of the vase. Fill the vase with room temperature water preferably bottled water. If using tap water, be sure to use drops to neutralize the chlorine. Gently place the Betta fish into the vase. Put the plant with the plastic tray inside the mouth of the vase. Cut the straw into a 3 inch piece and place the straw inside the opening with the plant to where half of the straw is inside the vase, and the other half is sticking out. This provides a constant source of air. Place more stones inside the plastic tray to secure plant. Tie a decorative bow around the top of the vase. For an added pop of color and to honor the special day, place colorful, heart shaped stones at the bottom of the vase as well. These stones may be found in the jewelry department of your local craft store.
Here are some helpful hints for caring for your Beta fish:
Feed once daily through the straw.
Only place ONE Betta fish inside the vase as they do not get along with other fish.
Add water daily if necessary.
Clean vase one time per week.
- Clear vase
- Rocks and/or colorful gravel
- One Betta fish
- Bottled water or tap water with drops
- Clear plastic planting dish
- Peace Lily
- Colorful heart shaped stones
The Anthurium flower is the shape of a heart thus making it ideal for Valentine's day. Why not funk it up somewhat and simply remove the plant from its pot (4 inch potted size is perfect) and then wrap around the exposed root-ball with Spanish moss. Now all you have to do is place the plant in a glass cylinder to size. The perfect gift for home or at the office.
A Gardeners Valentine
If you have a gardener in your love life then give them this year a miniature planted garden. Just find that perfect container and plant an assortment of different indoor plants for a winter garden. Pick plants that your partner would love. Choose different assorted foliage plants along with a few blooming ones as well. I like to make miniature indoor gardens with plants such as the TETE Daffodil, Blue Hycinth, Hydrangea, African Violet, assorted ferns, the Angel Vine, and the English Primrose. An orchid mixed in adds that tropical look. The plant selection is up too you.....You just want it to be very personal.
No excuses...............You still have time to find and create that perfect gift.