It may not seem like a huge difference when it comes to sending a seedling plant as a gift compared to sending a medium to large plant/tree but in reality there is quite a difference that you may or may not be aware of when it comes to choosing a living beautiful good quality gift to send someone. The size of a plant matters! The mortality rate of seedling plants is quite high, in the sense that they need extra love and care in its first stages of life to flourish. Compare this with a garden centre grade plant/tree of medium or large sized, some of the job has already been done and it is at a stage where it is much stronger to survive. Beneficial also to that of receiving a plant over a seedling plant is that it will become fully grown in a shorter amount of time and you can reap the rewards of some plants such as fruit bearing trees a lot quicker but still have the privilege of helping and watching it to grow.
The mortality rate of seedling plants compared to that of a garden centre grade plant is much higher due to the fact that they are more susceptible to factors such as competition with other vegetation in the garden, insect or disease infestation, and extreme climates which are likely to affect medium sized garden centre grade plants at a much smaller extent.
So when you next think about purchasing a plant gift in the future it may be a good idea to think about the benefits of sending a medium to large sized plant rather than a seedling plant.