“Don´t be afraid to try something that seems hard to grow because you can be the right person for it.”
Mikael Johansson, 43, Swedish
National Insurance Coordinator at the Swedish Social Insurance Agency
Favourites: Cattleya Orchids and my Strelitzia reginae
I have a lot of plants in the apartment but I really love orchids and I collect a species called Cattleya since 2004. At my boyfriend’s request for some variation, I recently started to buy other orchid species but my favorite is still Cattleya. I have around 50 orchids in total in the apartment.
I also love my Strelitzia reginae. I planted it from a seed about 15 years ago, and it has still not given me a single flower. I’m not giving up! I don’t mind though, I think the plant itself is also beautiful.
I live in Sweden where winters are long and dark so I make sure that my plants have a lot of extra lighting. I’ve installed numerous plant lamps that automatically turns on every morning. From time to time I give them a good shower in the bathroom. I also play a lot of Whitney Houston for them and it seems to help.
When you grow orchids you have to be patient. Some of them only bloom once a year and only if you give them the right conditions. Be prepared to wow your guests when you have a unique orchid blooming!
A tip is to visit all the botanical gardens you can when you are traveling. They are amazing for inspiration.