“In addition to its disinfectant power, Marseille soap can boost the plant’s vigour.”
Michael Cartura, 29, Italian
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.
“Is there anything sexier than actively-growing aerial roots?”
Brett Weiss, 25, American
Boynton Beach, Florida, USA
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.
“Once a day I like to mist them and that’s the time I check every single one.”
Marcelo Paixão, 27, Brazilian
Abbotsford, BC, Canada
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.
“Caring for my plants helps with keeping my mental health in check as life pressures can be very stressful.”
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.
“Be honest about your environment and ability to care for your plants before bringing them into your space.”
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!