With the tough economic times, here is an inexpensive and thoughtful way to say "Happy Valentine’s Day" to that special person in your life. I believe the best way to say "I love you" is to give a gift that comes from the heart. By giving the gift of seeds you are giving the gift of love that will flower throughout the year.
There are a couple ways to approach this idea:
(1)Go to your local pottery store, choose an unglazed pot. Most pottery stores have a glazing area. Paint the pot with hearts, bow and arrows, cupid, or a representation of something that is dear to you and the one you love. Then have the pot fired kiln. A short time after your pot will be ready.
(2)Purchase a pre-glazed pot.
Next you need to choose the seeds that your beloved is going to plant and nurture all year long. Here are some suggestions on seeds you may want to choose:
(1)Moth Orchid (Phalaenopsis): Is ranked as one the best air purifying plants. Requires minimal to moderate indirect sunlight. Relatively is to maintain. Blooms 2-3 months 1 to 2 times a year. Waxy white pedals infused with fuchsia (Perfect Valentine Colors).
(2)Amaryllis "Yellow Goddess" (Hippeastrum): Bears a soft yellow trumpet shaped flower touch with green at the throat. Requires minimal to moderate indirect sunlight. Relatively easy to maintain. Best time to plant is mid- winter to early spring. (Perfect for Valentines)
(3)Miniature Herb Topiaries (Lavendula, Roseminus ,and Serissa Japonica): Bears blue, white, and lavender flowers with soft relaxing fragrances. Requires moderate indirect sunlight. Relatively easy to maintain, (Avoid soften water the salt can injury the plants). Blooms in the Spring and Summer.
(4)Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema Modestum): Greenish white flowers. Requires minimal light, (This plant can survive just on a reading light providing illumination). Easy to maintain. This is an extremely beautiful plant.
(5)Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum): Are often found in upscale home designs. Requires minimal indirect light. Easy to maintain. Can bloom year round with a white cupped hand shaped flower and has pleasant mild aroma.
Now that you have chosen your seeds you will need to get potting soil. I suggest an organic potting soil so the plant can get the nutrients needed naturally. Most indoor plants thrive at a soil ph level of 6.0-7.0 and most plants like warmer temperatures above 65 degrees. Aerate the bottom of the pot. Wrap in plastic and place a bow on the it and you have a gift of love that can grow all year long.