19. Kenneth

19. Kenneth

“Since it snows in Reno in the winter, I’m in the process of knitting terracotta cozies for my plants.”

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  Kenneth Olidan, 23, Filipino American

  Reno, Nevada, USA

  Kennith is a busy guy! He works as a Microbiologist, is a Plant Caretaker for several boutiques and plant shops and also consultants for people who are new to plants. Do you know that feeling of joy when you come home from a long day at work and see new growth on a plant, he explains, or that proud feeling when your plant is looking good? Kenneth tries to help people keep those good vibes coming by answering questions and advising them on how to care for a plant properly when it’s not doing well. Plants simply make people happy, he says, and he tries to do what he can in guiding people about plants to keep them happy.

Humidity is essential for tropical plants. Since Reno is high in elevation, it’s important to monitor the humidity inside to keep plants like Alocasias and Calatheas happy. Kenneth has three humidifiers and four fish tanks to help keep the humidity up. Another plant care tip that Kenneth is known for is using cinnamon when propagating. Cinnamon is an anti-fungal agent; when propagating in water via a cutting, apply cinnamon to the cuttings since cinnamon helps these vulnerable plants from being susceptible to infections and rot. Believe it or not, the secret to successful propagation may be in your spice cabinet!
“Since it snows in Reno in the winter, I’m in the process of knitting terracotta cozies for my plants.”

Kenneth says: “My absolute favorite is the Alocasia calidora. But my Calathea warscewiczii is a close second! Who doesn’t like a bit of drama, anyways? My Calatheas definitely give me that daily fix of drama to keep me sane.”

 

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