62. Michael C

62. Michael C

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

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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.


Michael says: 

I currently live in a tiny apartment with little light, I arranged the few spots that get natural light to accommodate as many plants as possible. The focal point of my flat is my music-themed living room. My plants listen to music all day.

I still remember the first seed I planted, and how can I ever forget about it, given that it is now an avocado tree as tall as the building where Grandma’s apartment is!

Michael’s tips: 

One of the most important things to pay attention to is keeping the leaves clean. While we can rely on rainwater outside, indoors we must always remember to help our plants! Leaf cleaning is important for healthy and vigorous growth.

One of my secrets for keeping the leaves clean is Marseille soap for its antibacterial properties. It takes just a few flakes of soap mixed with water to thoroughly disinfect and sanitise plants that have been attacked by pests. In addition to its disinfectant power, Marseille soap can boost the plant’s vigour. The plant will start to grow stronger and more luxuriant from application one. Soap contains sodium, which is the bitter enemy of parasites, and which is harmless to the plant if used at the right doses. Making one too many treatments, however, may result in problems to the leaves.

 

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