44. Pedro

44. Pedro

“Leave water in the watering can so the chlorine can evaporate before watering.”

@peace.of.plant / @pedrom.trindade

Pedro Miguel Matias Trindade, 32, Portuguese

Lisbon, Portugal

Landscape Architect and Salsa Dancer & Instructor

Favourites:

That’s a really hard question because I love so many different groups of plants, as long as they are appropriate for the conditions and space that I have.

A special one will always be Oxalis triangularis. All the ones that I have were propagated from a tiny plant my grandmother had while she was still with us. I believe it is so special the way plants can help us keep alive the memories of our loved ones.

As for the rest, for my window sills with full sun I definitely love cacti and succulents for their variety of shapes and colors and the creative freedom they give them in ways to combine them.

For places a little further from the windows with medium to low light, I’m crazy for most of the tropical plants one can grow: aroids, ferns, calatheas, forest cacti, begonias, bromeliads, a few orchids… Sigh… You name it! Peperomia have also been quite a recent fascination of mine. And don’t get me started on outdoor gardening plants…


Pedro’s care tips: 

First, I really study the quantity and quality of light in the room.

Second, I always try to style in a way that will aesthetically enhance the natural qualities of the plant:

  • epiphytes always look ‘right’ when seen from below;
  • rosettes look amazing when ‘facing’ the viewer;
  • foliage and flowers are breathtaking when back-lit by the morning or evening sun.

I love checking my plants in the morning after I wake up to see how they’re doing and if they need water. Another tip is to leave water in the watering can so the chlorine can evaporate before watering.

Really understand how light behaves in your apartment to know what plants will thrive and where! Most people still place a plant they buy or that they received in a dark corner and then complain it died a few months later.


Pedro’s says: 

I’ve been mostly interested in growing plants in combinations, from succulents in window boxes to miniature living walls and small terrariums. It lets me bring indoors the creative and artistic process of designing with plants in the garden. Also, because I live with my boyfriend who is not that much of a plant person, it enables me to have a huge variety of plants without taking so much space, as well as making watering much easier as it is much faster to water a group of plants sharing the same container instead of all having their individual pots. It’s definitely a win-win situation.

 

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