We all know that plants reduce stress. But did you know? “Being around plants helps people concentrate better in the home and workplace. Studies show that tasks performed while under the calming influence of nature are performed better and with greater accuracy. This yields a higher quality result,” explains Floriculture experts. That said, here are some plants which are great hostess gift ideas.
There are four categories that people typically fall into when it comes to plants:
- People that only want plants that are super easy to care for like Succulents
- The plant lover that has an entire room in their house dedicated to plants like the Bat Flower
- Folks that prefer airplants over ALL other plants (that’s me!)
- Many of our homes are light-starved, so there are plant lovers that need low light plants
At Fang & Feather, we have something for everyone on your list this year and we highly recommend these plants as hostess gift ideas! Given the typical hostess is really stressed these are the MOST thoughtful gifts. Their animals certainly help reduce stress but this should get them through the winter months a little easier! We also sell pruners – combined with the plant is a great gift too!
Be prepared. Pick up several plants for hostess gifts and be ready for your upcoming parties!
Put Plants Away From Pets:
Remember to put a note on your gift to suggest that your hostess gift is put somewhere safe in the house.
So safety first when it comes to our animals! It is worth noting that all plants are toxic depending on how much of that plant is consumed by your cat or dog. If you’re interested in learning more about the plants you have and which should be moved to a place out of the way of your beloved animals, visit: the ASPCA.
Remember: Our staff at Fang & Feather can help answer other questions about any of these plants. Swing by on your way to the next party to pick up one of these plants as a hostess gift idea!
Now let’s look at some of the plants we carry that are great hostess gift ideas.
There are four categories:
EASY TO CARE FOR:
These are plants that have some parts that are more than normally thickened and fleshy, usually to retain water in arid climates or soil conditions. These hostess gift ideas are easy to maintain.
Super low maintenance and easy to care for! The Echinopsis cactus flower blooms overnight—and lasts only a day. So cool!
This is a very large and diverse genus of flowering plants, commonly called spurge, in the spurge family (Euphorbiaceae). Note that many cultivars are often misidentified as cacti. Important to note that they secrete a milky latex when broken or cut and that all varieties will produce specialized leaves. What we carry is different from the common euphorbia found in landscaping in the Portland area.
Philodendron is a large genus of flowering plants in the Araceae family. Even inexperienced houseplant owners will have no trouble growing philodendron plants because they adapt readily to the conditions inside the home.
Read more at Gardening Know How: Philodendron Houseplants: How To Care For A Philodendron Plant
Arguably the easiest houseplant to grow. It’s a long-growing, leafy vine that can reach 40 feet or more in tropical jungles. It usually confines itself to about 6-10 feet in containers, but may just keep on growing.
ZZ (Zamioculcas Zamifolia) Zanzibar Gem
Zamioculcas is a genus of flowering plant in the family Araceae, containing the single species Zamioculcas zamiifolia. It is a tropical perennial plant native to eastern Africa, from Kenya south to northeastern South Africa.
Sansevieria (all varieties) or Snake Plant
Most people know it by this name or as Mother in Law’s Tongue.
Sansevieria is always at the top of any list as being one of the most tolerant of all decorative plants to survive the most unsuitable growing conditions.
Easy to care for but exotic in appearance, hoya plants are the ideal houseplant for those who crave tropical blooms.
PLANT LOVER OR COLLECTOR:
Euphorbia is a very large and diverse genus of flowering plants, commonly called spurge, in the spurge family (Euphorbiaceae). There are various types you can explore these euphorbias’ at the store which are also wonderful hostess gift ideas.
- Flanganii (Medusa Head proxy).
Large Crassula Jade
Large Crassula Jade
The LARGE Crassula Jade^ (Crassula is in the Succulent designation, we have a large sculpted specimen which makes it a collectible, otherwise it is very very common).
Crassula (KRAS-ew-la) & Jade Plants: The Crassula family presents an incredible range of forms, from large tree-like shrubs to plants with trailing stems ideal for hanging baskets. Most have waxy surfaces with beautiful markings and brilliant color.
Cylindropuntia Subulata (more cacti!)
Austrocylindropuntia subulata is a species of cactus native to the Peruvian Andes. The name subulata comes from the Latin subulate, for awl-like, referring to the shape of the rudimentary leaves.
Monstera Deliciosa (Split Leaf Philodendron)^
The Split Leaf Philodendron or Monstera deliciosa is a large popular easy-care houseplant that is not really a Philodendron at all. There is a great deal of confusion about what to call this plant because the variable names have become interchangeable.
Monstera Adonsonii (Swiss Cheese Plant)
Monstera Friedrichsthalii (synonymous with Adansonii) is a glossy, evergreen, tropical vine native to regions of Peru, Ecuador, and Brazil. It is also called “Swiss Cheese Plant” or “Swiss Cheese Vine” because of the ever-present holes in its leaves.
Philodendron bipinnatifidum is a plant that belongs to the family Araceae and subgenus Meconostigma, one of three subgenera within the genus Philodendron. This plant is native to South America, namely to Brazil, Bolivia, and Argentina.
This plant is a caulescent, herbaceous species slightly ascending to spreading or trailing in cultivation. It forms rosettes of up to twelve conical, in-rolled, light green leaves arranged spirally.
A member of the Sansevieria Family and also known as the Mother in Law Tongue. It has thick silvery green blades. The blades then slowly mature to a soft green. Very attractive and excellent for indoors.
Ginseng Ficus^ (do you know a bonsai lover?)
Native to Malaysia, Taiwan, and other Southeast and East Asian countries, the Ginseng Ficus is an excellent choice for bonsai tree growers. Sometimes known as the Taiwan Ficus, Banyan Fig or Indian Laurel Fig, the Ginseng Ficus is characterized by the shape of its strong roots and stems.
Growing Tacca bat flowers is a great way to have an unusual flower or novelty plant, both indoors and out. Bat flower info indicates the plant is actually an orchid!
They are Old World tropics native to Africa, northern Australia, and Southeast Asia. This large gorgeous fern looks great in a hanging basket but can also be hung against a wall because all the leaves are on one side.
We carry a lot of the popular varieties. We have some in bloom, others just budding, the rest are un-bloomed. These plants are very low maintenance and are also great hostess gift ideas.
The King of Airplants
Known as the king of air plants! A beautiful silvery green with some pink highlights. Their bloom can grow to 4 times the height of the plant. They make a beautiful centerpiece.
Added to the unusual plant section for its obvious bizarre look is the Tillandsia Caput Medusae. An air-plant also known as the Medusa’s Head Plant (different from the Euphorbia Medusa’s Head) for its similarities with the Greek mythological character Medusa.
Tillandsia brachycaulos is a species in the genus Tillandsia. It is native to Mexico, Central America, and Venezuela
Tillandsia oaxacana is a species in the genus Tillandsia. This species is endemic to Mexico.
LOW LIGHT LOVERS:
ZZ (Zamioculcas Zamifolia) Zanzibar Gem*
Zamioculcas is a genus of flowering plant in the family Araceae, containing the single species Zamioculcas zamiifolia. It is a tropical perennial plant native to eastern Africa, from Kenya south to northeastern South Africa.
Jewel Orchids do well as house plants. The Jewel Orchid or Ludisia discolor is a terrestrial orchid unlike other Orchids. Known for its foliage rather than its flowers, it is simple and easy to care for and produces lovely little white flowers.
The most common indoor philodendron is the Philodendron Cordatum, sometimes called Sweetheart Vine or Heart Leaf Philodendron. This Philodendron has heart-shaped, green leaves that are typically about 2-3 inches across and can grow much larger.
Monstera Deliciosa (Split Leaf Philodendron)*+
The Split Leaf Philodendron or Monstera deliciosa is a large popular upright growing easy-care houseplant that is not really a Philodendron at all!
Japonica Farfugium (Giant Leopard Plant)
Farfugium japonicum Giganteum aka Giant Leopard Plant. Grows in Sun to Part Sun ( It thrives in Full to Mostly Shaded conditions, does not like full sun.) Flower Color is Yellow/Gold and blooms in Fall.
Growing Tacca bat flowers is a great way to have an unusual flower or novelty plant, both indoors and out. The Bat flower is actually an orchid.
Sansevieria all varieties* (see above for two)
The African mask plant (some think the plant looks like one) or Kris plant have veins with contrasting colors.
Ferns: (except Asparagus Fern, Bird’s Nest, and Staghorn)
A fern is a member of a group of vascular plants that reproduce via spores and have neither seeds nor flowers. (Ferns require more vigilance in terms of watering habits, place a tray of water under a fern to help minimize how often you need to water, daily misting is recommended to keep it looking full and happy).
Xerographica can do well in a North facing window
Xerographica (zero-grafika) are also great low light plants.
*easy to care for
*+ easy and more attention needed
Dark foliage tolerates less light due to the higher levels of chlorophyll present in the leaves and variegated varieties cannot photosynthesize as readily as dark leaf varieties and thus need a little more light.
We are thrilled to introduce our new Customer Spotlight post for Fang & Feather! Meet Rudy, Junebug and Tigerlily – the FIRST pet(s) featured this month. We are really grateful for all our wonderful customers and featuring one or two a month for the world to see is our way of saying thank you – for being so awesome! We asked Suzy Day to tell us a little about her dog and cats. Enjoy this brief interview!
- What is your name? Suzy Day
- What is the name of your pet? Rudy, Junebug, Tigerlily!
- What breed is your pet? Rudy is part Golden Retriever/Terrier and the other two are kittens
- How old is your pet? Rudy is six years old and the kittens are 9 weeks old
- What is their favorite treat? Pig ears and soft meat treats
- What activity do you enjoy the most with your pet? Walking the beach and taking them to work
- What silly name do you call your pet when no one is around? Rudy, Squirrel
- What has your pet taught you? Patience
- Where does your pet sleep? Bedroom
Tigerlily! The kitten!
Our 2018 calendar
Any pets featured as a Customer of the Month will be automatically added to a new calendar we’re debuting next year. If you would like to be featured, any of the staff at Fang & Feather can connect you with the form to fill out or please email our store manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Junebug! The other kitten…
Did you know?
Half of American households own pets and half of those pets sleep either right in the bed or somewhere in the bedroom. Some studies say sleeping with pets is beneficial because people feel more secure. Other studies say people found sleeping with pets very disruptive. With that in mind, if half of the pets are sleeping with their owners then what can you do to decrease the tossing and turning! Whether you feel secure or “exhausted” is there anything proactive you can do to help?
Six Plants to help you sleep
Three of the six plants you can purchase at Fang & Feather:
#1 – Spider Plant, #2 – Aloe Vera, #3 – ZZ plant
Did you ever consider plants to help you sleep even with your pet in the room? Flowers too! Yes, ordering a bed for your pet to sleep in is a smart idea but just in case you fall into the category of people that like their dogs in their beds at night, consider these six plants:
- Jasmine: It’s proven to reduce anxiety levels
- Lavender: Has many benefits but research shows it helps with stress
- Aloe-Vera: Emits oxygen at night, making for a more restful slumber. These are also super low-maintenance plants. (Above: #2 in the image)
- Bamboo Palm: This plant is known for being a great air purifier and it provides a tropical feeling in your bedroom.
- The Spider Plant: The NASA tests showed it to remove around 90% of the potentially cancer-causing chemical formaldehyde from the air. (Above: #1 in the image)
- The ZZ plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia): The ZZ plant is capable of “cleaning” the indoor air and making it healthier for humans to breathe. (Above: #3 in the image)
And if you don’t believe us – NASA did a study! If these ideas work for astronauts you should at least try adding one of the above.
The staff at Fang & Feather can answer any questions you have about plants to help you sleep and show you around the garden center. Come check it out today!
Pet Photos with Santa is back in November! Did you miss last year’s event? We’re already planning for the holiday season so we wanted to make sure you had dates well in advance for this photo shoot.
Fang & Feather will be offering fun and memorable pet photos with a jolly and pet-friendly Santa Claus. Owners will receive a high-resolution digital copy of their image to print at their convenience, be entered into a raffle and be given a special treat. The digital photo can be used on any social media platforms. Please remember to tag us!
The first 40 people will also take home a goodie bag. We look forward to seeing you!
We will be asking for a minimum of $15 donation per pet, which will benefit The Pongo Fund.
Photos will be taken from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on November 19 at Fang & Feather. If you can’t make that date Santa will be at Salty’s Pet Supply on November 18 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m or December 2 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Three Paws Neighborhood Pet Supply.
Don’t forget to follow these tips from Dog Mom Days before you bring your dog to the store for their photo shoot!
- Prepare and bring high-value treats
- Make sure your dog is good with people (at least Santa!)
- Groom and Bathe your pup!
- Items to Bring: Bottle of water for you and your dog!
Portland Christmas Trees Available!
Fang & Feather is thrilled to host North Portland Christmas Trees in the back lot again this year. Please support this wonderful tradition and your local community by purchasing your holiday tree from the Manun family. The Maunu family has been selling Christmas trees for many years. They started in the 60’s on the front lawn of a North Portland neighborhood. Very little has changed over the years. When you come to the lot, you’ll meet the family. You will be remembered year after year. You will get a great deal for your tree too!
What! There is more?
In addition to Santa Pics, help us raise funds for the Pongo Fund throughout the holiday season -starting on November 18.
Buy a holiday ornament for $6, $16, or $26 and we will fill our windows with all the joy of the season honoring your pet and family. In return, you’ll go home with a tasty treat for your dog or cat. The funds will help fight animal hunger, The Pongo Fund’s mission. Never heard of them? Here is a little background:
The Pongo Fund is Oregon’s only full-time charity focused on fighting animal hunger. Because hungry people have hungry pets. We work tirelessly to reduce shelter populations and keep families together by providing emergency pet food assistance to anyone in honest need. Protecting beloved family pets from the suffering, starvation, surrender, abandonment or worse, when a lack of food, but not a lack of love, is their only enemy.
In September and October, we will be hosting local animal communicator, Lou LaMotte at all three stores. Through Animal Communication you can learn more about the rich inner lives of your animals, what their soul’s purpose is as well as work out any questions you may have about their health and overall wellness.
“Often we think about the love and companionship our animals bring us, but we sometimes forget to think about our roles in their lives. That we may be playing an important role in their deep inner lives beyond walks, pets, and dinner. That they are our great teachers, and that we too are teachers to them,” says LaMotte.
A reading with Lou will inform pet owners what roles we are playing in their spiritual path and what that looks like for them. She will also share how we can best support them on this journey of their life.
- Salty’s Pet Supply, 4039 N. Mississippi Ave #104
- Fang & Feather, 3131 N Lombard St.
- Three Paws Neighborhood Pet Supply, 3147 SW Moody Ave
- Fang & Feather- Saturday 9/23 & Saturday 10/28, 12-4pm
- Three Paws Neighborhood Pet Supply – Thursday 10/12, 12-4pm
- Salty’s Pet Supply – Sunday 10/8, 12-4pm
Contact: Each 15-minute reading will cost between $10-30 – on a sliding scale. You can RSVP for the event on Facebook but drop in’s are welcome! It is ok to bring your well-behaved pet into the store on a leash or in a carrier.
About the Animal Communicator: Lou LaMotte, an animal communicator, will be doing the readings. She asks each pet owner to bring a printed out image of their pet where their face is visible and clear.
Lou LaMotte is a Queer Witch and Graduate of the Blue Iris Mystery School in Portland, Oregon. With the aid of their Ancestors, they weave magic, ritual, healing, and gratitude into their practice of working with the Plant and Animal realms. Lou works with people and their animals with animal communication, and through charm work, they weave new patterns with an old magic.
Thanks to our more advanced veterinary care, there’s a good chance you’ll have your pet with you quite a while. Whether you’ve had your pet throughout their life or recently adopted a senior animal, caring for older pets can be a challenge. You want to make sure they’re comfortable and enjoying life, but it can be hard to make sure you’re covering all of your bases, especially since elderly pets aren’t always able to tell you exactly what they need. Here are some basic guidelines for caring for your older fur kids.
- Up your annual vet visit to a semi-annual trip
You’ve likely been keeping your pet’s annual visit to the vet on the schedule for years, but older pets can benefit from going twice a year. These extra visits can help your care provider catch early warning signs of disease before they get out of control. The extra time with the doctor will also provide you time to ask questions about caring for your aging pet.
- Understand geriatric health risks
Elderly pets face a myriad of diseases. It’s important to know what these are so that you can keep an eye out for symptoms in between vet appointments. Depending on the animal, these diseases could include cancer, arthritis, heart disease, diabetes, loss of eyesight, and liver disease. Check with your vet about early warnings signs you should be looking for.
Just like us, aging animals may need to tweak their diet. They often need easily digestible food the older they get. Check with your vet about recommendations. You can also ask the Salty’s staff and the folks at Fang and Feather for some ideas.
- Maintain their mental health
The need for mental stimulation increases as your pet gets older. Take your dog for regular walks, provide toys that offer mental stimulation, and invest in quality time with them while they play. Keeping their mind young can help your pets stay with you longer, and enjoy a high quality of life while they’re here.
- Choose an end-of-life plan before you need one
It’s devastating to consider euthanizing your pet, and it’s understandable to not want to think about it. However, it’s much easier to consider what you will do when the worst happens well before that moment actually arrives. Many vets can provide you with a quality of life scale, to help you understand when your pet may be suffering. You can also plan with your vet what the day will look like if you have to euthanize your pet. It will be comforting to you that if the moment comes that you have to make this difficult choice, you will know what to expect and will know that your friend will comfortable and loved.
The “dog people vs. cat people” debate is a long running one. Many people do love both types of animals and even have both in their home, but plenty of people prefer one over the other. Some of those who don’t consider themselves “cat people” have misconceptions about what cats are like, and what kind of pets they are. These misconceptions often extend to people who do like cats and haven’t owned one yet. Cats can offer a life of fun and enjoyment for their owners and make great companions. Here’s some of the top misunderstandings about owning a cat.
Cats are stand-offish
Those who don’t like cats often say they’re grouchy, mean-spirited animals. While there are definitely grumpy cats (and dogs!) out there, cats are can be loving, loyal pets. Cats do prefer to do their own thing sometimes and like to nap frequently, but they also like snuggle, lay in your lap, and sleep close you at night. Many cats are very people friendly, and get along well with anyone willing to give them under the chin scratches.
Cats take care of themselves
It’s true that cats don’t need the daily walks dogs require. They spend stretches of their day with no attention from you. However, this doesn’t mean it’s a great idea to leave them alone for the weekend, even with a very full food dish. Any number of accidents can happen while you’re away. Just because a cat doesn’t require as much daily attention as a dog, that doesn’t mean they’re totally safe alone for stretches of a few days. It’s important to still have someone checking in on them or place them at a boarding facility while you’re away.
Cats are not playful
Dogs are known for their lovable, playful attitudes, but cats can be the same way! Cats love to play with ribbons, catnip toys, boxes, and anything else they can get their paws on. Interacting with them during playtime can strengthen the bond with your cat. It also helps them get the brain activity they need to stay healthy. We all know dogs can be big goofs, but cats are also silly! Any cat owner can tell you of midnight “goblin hunts” featuring their cat running around the house at full speed and attacking shadows in the middle of the night.
Cats are quiet animals
Cats don’t often use noise to communicate with each other, but they will vocalize to talk with their owners. This is most often to get their attention at dinner time, but cats have also been known to sit and “converse” with their owners. They also have special chirps for the birds they see out the window, and loving purrs during snuggle time.
We often worry about what we will do if we lose our own pets. It can be a very scary situation! We have to rely on the kindness and knowledge of others to get them home. This means it’s a good idea for you to know what to do if you find a stray pet; you can make the difference in getting them home to their families safe and secure. They may have a collar with contact information that makes it easy, but not always. Here are our top 3 tips for helping lost pets get home.
- Use caution when catching the animal
A lost pet is likely very scared, and may be in a less than ideal location. If you notice a lost animal, make sure you are secure first – don’t stop in the middle of traffic or attempt to run across a highway. You will need to approach the animal slowly, and know when they are too scared or aggressive for you to handle alone. If you have treats with you, it may be possible to lure them to the safety of your vehicle or home. Be on the lookout for signs of illness and aggression, and keep yourself safe.
- Be prepared to assume financial responsibility
If the pet you find is injured, try getting them to a vet or animal hospital once you have safely collected them. However, don’t plan on free vet care or the owner paying you back. Depending on the animal’s situation, this may not be an option. Be prepared to pay for the vet care they need out of your own pocket.
- Contact the local shelter and animal control
As soon as possible, get in touch with your local shelter and animal control. There is a chance the owner is frantically looking for their pet, and has already contacted these organizations to ask for help. Even if they haven’t called yet, the authorities may know where the pet belongs. It’s also important to be in touch with in case you can’t keep the animal in your home; they will need a place to stay until they are reconnected with their owner. If these organizations haven’t heard from anyone, sites like Craigslist are great resources. Owners searching for pets will often post here looking for help, as well as hang signs in community centers.
Spring is here at last! This time of year is fantastic for an overhaul on your garden, yard, or houseplants to add in fresh color and scents. However, it’s important to make plant choices that are non-toxic to our pets. March 20-26 this year is Pet Poison Prevention Week, which spotlights the need for safety for our furry friends with the plants, chemicals, and foods in our homes.
Some of the most popular flowers in the Pacific Northwest – including tulips – can harm your pet. Quite a few herbs happen to be pet friendly, however, meaning you can expand your flavor menu without worrying about issue with animal toxicity.
Here’s some suggestions for safe, beautiful plants you can incorporate into your spring plans while keeping your peace of mind, and some plants to avoid.
Non-toxic to Dogs and Cats:
Toxic to Dogs and Cats:
-Tulips (concentrated in the bulb)