64. Rafa

64. Rafa

“If you kill a cactus, you are a bad person…”

@tara_desert

Rafa García García, 39, Spainish

Asturias, Spain

Biologist

Favourites: My favourite plants are cacti and succulent plants. I like it Astrophytum, Copiapoa, Lithops, Mammillaria and Gymnocalycium.

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62. Michael C

62. Michael C

“In addition to its disinfectant power, Marseille soap can boost the plant’s vigour.”

@goji_design

Michael Cartura, 29, Italian

Genova, Italy

Green-artisan / songwriter

Favourites: Indoor plants are my favourites. I grew up between my mother’s and my grandmother’s house and, though they were very different environments, lush plants were a fixture in both places. If I had to name a favourite one, this would be my Ficus lyrata! I like its hard yet fragile leaves, as mysterious as the sound of the instrument the plant derives its name from.

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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.

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60. Marcelo

60. Marcelo

“Once a day I like to mist them and that’s the time I check every single one.”

@celojp

Marcelo Paixão, 27, Brazilian

Abbotsford, BC, Canada

Biotechnologist

Favourites: I love my orchids! They grow slowly and I love finding new shoots and flower stems every now and then. It’s always a nice surprise. I also enjoy my Rubber plant and ZZ plant.

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59. Gergely

59. Gergely

“I often switch the position of the plants during winter time to maximise the light potential.”

@eliotparke

Gergely Nemeth, 29, Hungarian/German

Berlin, Germany

Art historian, Photographer-to-be

Favourites: Cercestis mirabilis, Alocasia frydek, Begonia venosa and Philodendron gloriosum

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58. Jonathan

58. Jonathan

“Every morning after coffee I turn on some music, lately it’s been Motown classics, and do my plant routine.”

@jonnyill

Jonathan Strickland, 36, American

North Hollywood, California, USA

Freelance Sound Engineer

Favourites: Calathea warscewiczii, Silver Pothos and Dumb Cane

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57. Joshua

57. Joshua

“Caring for my plants helps with keeping my mental health in check as life pressures can be very stressful.”

@joshuaplants_

Joshua Housley, 26, British

Battersea, London, United Kingdom

Account Manager (sales)

Favourites: My favourite plants are definitely my Ficus elastica and Monstera deliciosa, mostly because these were my first ever plants and I have had them a good few years now. I fell further in love with them after having seen their natural beauty in the wild.

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56. Delonte

56. Delonte

“Watching my three year old light up when she sees our plants growing is such a great feeling!”

@plantmeplants

Delonte Harrison, 26, African American

Washington, DC, USA

Chef

Favourites: Peruvian apple cactus and Philodendron selloum, but pretty much all cacti and big leaf plants!

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55. Justin

55. Justin

“Be honest about your environment and ability to care for your plants before bringing them into your space.”

@the.mindful.manny

Justin Hoyng, 29, American

Brooklyn, NY, USA

Manny and Home Organizer

Favourites: The majority of my 85 plant-children were adopted into the family via clippings from friends or by me saving a plant left on someones stoop. While many of those plants are not the most visually ‘unique’ or ‘original’, they all have a ‘unique’ story beyond the foliage that is special to me – plus they were ZERO DOLLARS! Those are my favorite plants – Pam, Carolyn, Giancarla, Irena – the ones that tell a story. And are literally priceless!

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