61. Brett

61. Brett

“Is there anything sexier than actively-growing aerial roots?”

@brettwithplants

Brett Weiss, 25, American

Boynton Beach, Florida, USA

Plant Broker

Favourites: Aroids, Epiphytes & Caudiciforms… Oh my! I LOVE plants that have developed specialized adaptations to allow them to thrive in precarious situations – whether those are aerial roots to provide anchorage of a plant in the treetops, swollen caudices to store water for arid-climate plants or unique trichomes that allow uptake of water through the leaves of the plant.


Brett says: 

When I’m not at work sending top-quality tropical plants from Florida to premier plant shops across the US, I’m busy doing plant things at The Vivarium – my 1-bedroom apartment that Google Maps deemed a Botanical Garden about 2 years ago.

I’m currently President of the Tropical Orchid Society & Treasurer of The International Aroid Society. With a Bachelors of Science in Horticulture & Agribusiness, an Internship with Disney Horticulture, and multiple industry certifications, I’m always striving to learn as much as I can about the plant world and spread the plant passion along the way!

Living in Sunny South Florida has blessed me with perpetual 80% humidity outdoors, while inside The Vivarium it stays at about 65% humidity year-round. When you are growing plants to climb a totem or attach to surfaces like I am, humidity is key! Is there anything sexier than actively-growing aerial roots?

Brett’s tips: 

Love your plants for who they are! I can’t imagine being a new plant parent in today’s society where every plant on Instagram is either a picture-perfect Variegated Monstera or a highly-coveted Philodendron Pink Princess. Plants are amazing for so many other reasons besides the color of their variegation or the “instagrammability” they offer. Love all of your plants equally, and allow that love to cultivate the desire to learn as much as you can about all of the plants there are!

 

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