Costa Farms Recommends Giving the Gift of Green to Millennials

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Norfolk Island Pines are the perfect pint-sized plant for the holidays

With soft, dark green needles and well-spaced branches, a Norfolk Island pine is just about as picture perfect as can be.

There are endless reasons to grow houseplants. Plants are scientifically documented to remove harmful toxins from indoor air, as well as improve our physical and mental health.

With the holiday season upon us, it’s time to think about what to get the trendy millennial on your shopping list. This social-media-loving generation can be hard to shop for since they tend to prefer experiences over gifts. There’s one thing they do agree on — houseplants.

The houseplant trend has steadily taken off with both new plant parents and regular green thumbs. Plants have become one of the millennial generation’s favorite things to post on Instagram. In 2018, Instagram exploded with posts tagged #plantsofinstagram, #urbanjungle and #O2forYou. While home and decorating trends are only skin deep, the benefits of caring for houseplants doesn’t end when the likes stop. Many houseplants improve the quality of indoor air and help to brighten moods.

“There are endless reasons to grow houseplants. Plants are scientifically documented to remove harmful toxins from indoor air, as well as improve our physical and mental health,” says Justin Hancock, Costa Farms Garden Guru. “Norfolk Island Pines are long-lived, air-purifying houseplants, rather than short-term gift plants like poinsettias.”

With soft, dark green needles and well-spaced branches, a Norfolk Island pine is just about as picture perfect as can be. You’ll get extra points for decorating it with fairy lights and lightweight ornaments. This untraditional mini Christmas tree brings a festive touch to any indoor space and keeps growing beautifully for years.

This easy-care plant can be used in entryways, on shelves in living rooms, or in well-lit bathrooms. Dress them up by swapping out their planters for something more seasonally appropriate or upcycle a holiday candy dish.

“Unlike most Christmas trees, tropical Norfolk Island pine doesn't tolerate cold weather, so it’s grown as a houseplant that can be enjoyed in the home long after the holidays have ended,” says Hancock.

Choose smaller houseplants like nerve plant, Christmas cactus, rex begonia or earth star for additional gifts. These plants come in seasonal red and green and can be planted in smaller containers like sleighs and reindeer figurines.

Whatever you choose, these plants continue to add beauty – and health – to homes without feeling out of place all year long.

About Costa Farms
Costa Farms is the largest producer of ornamental plants in the world. The company stretches over 4,500 acres and employs 5,000 people. Along with thriving indoor and bedding plant divisions, Costa Farms operates retail merchandising and young-plant production divisions as part of its infrastructure, with operations domestically in Florida and North and South Carolina, and abroad in the Dominican Republic and Far East.

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