Mel Magazine

Mel Magazine

The Plant Thots are Stalking your Instagram Feed

Cooped up in quarantine, guys create thirst, serene vibes and influencer clout by thotting it up with plants

Hussein Kesvani
June 1, 2020

Since the beginning of lockdown, my Instagram feed has been inundated with Plant Daddies — the kind of guys who name their plants and sing to them on Instagram Live.

I’m not just seeing things either. As Scott Cain, the founder of the Boys With Plants Instagram account tells me, since quarantine started, he’s received dozens of inquiries a day from guys looking to get into plants, as well as more muscled and toned guys posing with their greenery. “I’ve gone from two to three entries a day to six or seven,” he says. “The guys take a lot of time and care into looking after their plants, and also the pictures they send to me!”


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Cain, whose account has more than 180,000 followers, adds that there’s also been a surge in the number of men engaging with his page. For some, he says, it’s about finding ideas and inspiration for post-shelter-in-place decor, but for others, “it’s about mental health. Plants are less of a commitment than a puppy and make it a necessity to open the curtains of your apartment.” Not to mention, he adds, “Taking pictures with a plant is a good way to pass the time. It can take a whole day to get the right shot, with the right kind of [natural lighting].”

Another plant guy, Julian Donofrio (aka Sprout_Daddy), agrees. Though he’s unsure if plants are being seen as props to add clout during Zoom calls, Donofrio says that being stuck at home for long periods of time can make people more aware of their interior surroundings. “A lot of people are becoming more mindful of having life [i.e., plants] mixed in with their decor,” he says. He also concedes that the inability to travel — particularly outside of cities — probably has something to do with it, too. “It’s certainly possible that the pandemic has forced people to seek a green fix elsewhere, and therefore, they find it on Instagram.”

What, though, would someone like myself — a man with absolutely no green thumb and a habit of forgetting to water even the plant life that resides directly under my nose (I once killed a succulent in less than a month) — get to brighten up both their spartan bachelor pad and Instagram feed?

If the goal is to fill all that empty space, Cain recommends a large sansevieria (or snake plant), especially the ones with yellow on the edge, or hard-to-kill plants such as the ficus elastica (rubber tree) or ficus longifolia. Meanwhile, for those who don’t get a lot of natural light in their place or struggle for space, he suggests Peperomia and hoya plants that can fit into small pots. For his part, Donofrio mentions the ZZ plant, which he describes as “hard-to-kill but still provides a pop of green to the space.”

And while tight abs and meaty man thighs don’t hurt when added to all this foliage (at least in the realm of likes), Cain is also sure to remind me that there’s something much deeper at play here as well — especially given our current dark timeline. “A plant,” he says, “represents optimism and hope for the future.”



Trends im Topf: Warum Zimmerpflanzen plötzlich hip sind

Zimmerpflanzen sind dank sozialer Medien die neuen It-Pieces. Vor allem Millennials gärtnern indoor und sehen “plant parenting” als Ersatz für Haustiere und Kinder

Bernadette Redl
May 23, 2020

Jeder erste Sonntag im Mai ist World Naked Gardening Day. Wer sich nun wundert, wie verbreitet diese Tätigkeit ist, dem sei der Instagram-Account “Boys with Plants” ans Herz gelegt. Dort wird täglich nackt gegärtnert. Mehr als 3000 Bilder zeigen unbekleidete Männer mit Zimmerpflanzen. Der Kanal hat 180.000 Abonnenten.

DailyArt Magazine

DailyArt Magazine

Boys with Plants in Art (Hotties Alert!)

Anuradha Sroha
May 18, 2020

Boys and men posing with plants and flowers is a popular theme in art. The concept was revisited on Instagram, a social media platform on the account @boyswithplants. Although Instagram photographs focus on plants for their aesthetic appeal, the paintings use them as personal and professional symbolism.

Symbolic Meanings of Plants

Flowers and plants in art fulfill aesthetic and symbolic meanings. In western classical mythology and Christianity, plants were used as metaphors for virtue and vice, and flowers represented chastity and purity. Beyond the sacred themes, plants were also valued for their medicinal properties. Also known as botanical imagery, from the 15th and 16th centuries, there was an increasing interest in the natural world and its realistic depiction by the artists.

Boys with Plants on Instagram

Thanks to a project started in 2016 by Scott Cain, a graphic designer, and ‘plant guru’ on Instagram called @boyswithplants or Boys with Plants, the concept has gained much popularity on social media. The account is a collection of photographs of men posing next to their carefully nurtured exotic plants. Although the plants are the focus of the photographs, it is difficult to overlook their good-looking owners. The collection is also available as a coffee-table book entitled, Boys with Plants: 50 Boys and the Plants They Love (2019). However, men and boys posing alongside plants and flowers is not a new concept; it already exists in portrait paintings.

Boys with plants in art: Albrecht Dürer, Self-portrait with Holly (Self Portrait with a Thistle), 1493, 56×44 cm, Oil on Vellum, Musée du Louvre, Paris.

Boys with Plants in Art

Faithful Husband

Boy: Albrecht Dürer

Plant: Thistle

Albrecht Dürer’s (1471-1528) Self-portrait with Holly (Self Portrait with a Thistle), 1493, is one of the very first independent self-portraits in Western painting. After serving his apprenticeship in his hometown of Nuremberg, the young Dürer made a guild tour through southern Germany. The self-portrait was probably painted in Strasbourg.

The Self-portrait with Holly (Self Portrait with a Thistle) takes the form of a bust seen from a three-quarters angle against a dark background, and its composition is entirely consistent with the painting tradition of the time. The pose is a little awkward because the painter had to constantly look at himself in the mirror.

He is wearing sophisticated clothes: a small red cap with pompoms and an elegant overgarment of bluish-gray which contrasts against the whiteness of the inner garment. The face still has some childish features as seen in his earlier self-portrait painted at the age of 13, but the manly neck, the strong nose, and the vigorous hands are already those of an adult. Dürer is 22 years old in the portrait. His excellence as an engraver and training as a goldsmith is evident in the almost metallic fineness of detail, seen in the prickles of the thistle.

One interpretation of the thistle held by the artist came from a German scholar, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) who saw it as an engagement present for Agnes Frey, whom Dürer was going to marry in 1494. In German, the thistle is called ‘Mannstreu’, which means a husband’s fidelity.

The other interpretation, owing to the inscription on the painting next to the date, “Things happen to me as it is written on high” suggests the thistle as an allusion to Christ’s Passion or more specifically the spikes on the crown of thorns. In this case, the portrait would be a forerunner of his self-portrait of 1500 in which Dürer appears as the Salvator Mundi, the Savior of the World, a Christ-like figure crowned with the glory of God. Regardless of the interpretations, the self-portrait combines the artist’s pride with humility, making Dürer the first painter of the German Renaissance.


New York Mag

New York Mag

The Most Underexposed and Underrated Plants, According to Experts

By Dominique Pariso
April 25, 2019

Rock Fig

Scott Cain, curator of the popular Instagram account Boys with Plants, says, “When you’ve had enough of the fiddle-leaf fig (Ficus lyrata), consider another, much more interesting member of the Ficus family, the rock fig (F. petirolaris).” He especially likes it because it has “really fascinating silvery leaves with red veins, and since it’s a rainforest tree, it grows large ‘rocklike’ exposed roots.” In nature, it grows among rocks, so it’s happiest in a smaller pot, which only encourages those interesting root formations, Cain says.

Apartment Therapy

Apartment Therapy

“Boys with Plants” Will Seriously Spruce Up Your Instagram Feed

Elizabeth Entenman
April 19, 2019

Instagram is one of our favorite places to find home inspiration—specifically, houseplant inspiration. From easy-to-care-for hanging plants to surprisingly affordable fiddle leaf figs, there’s no shortage of greenery on the ‘gram. But there’s one houseplant account you’re probably not following that you absolutely should be: Boys with Plants.

Boys with Plants is exactly what it sounds like: a feed of attractive men posing with their houseplants. The account, a collection of photo submissions, takes leafy monsteras, sweet succulents, and adorable air plants to the next level. Sometimes the men highlight just one plant or a single leaf, and other times they pose with an entire wall of cacti. Often, they’re shirtless.

Boys with Plants isn’t new, but it’s gained a (rightful) surge of attention lately. Self-proclaimed “proud plant nerd” Scott Cain started the account in the fall of 2016 to share his love of houseplants. It’s since gained over 125,000 followers. He released “Boys with Plants: 50 Boys and the Plants They Love,” a coffee table book version of the account, in March 2019.

Yes, the boys are nice to look at. But the plants are the real heroes of these photos. The best part about Boys with Plants is that it’s educational. Often, users exchange houseplant care tips in the comments. And every post includes the names of the featured plants so you can buy one for yourself. Because there’s truly nothing worse than scrolling through Instagram, falling in love with a mysterious plant, and not being able to find out what kind it is.

They may even include the plant’s given name. Everybody names their plants, right?

The people have spoken: They love looking at men posing with things. Hot Dudes With Dogs has almost 500,000 followers, while Hot Dudes Reading has over a million. Boys with Plants officially makes it a trifecta.

If you’d like more boys and more plants in your Insta feed, follow Boys with Plants ASAP. It can be slightly NSFW on occasion, but sometimes, you just need to start your day with a fiddle leaf fig artfully placed next to a bare buttock.



Are Boys With Plants the New “Hot Men Reading”?

Greenery has never looked better.

Gabrielle Savoie
April 18, 2019

Remember the hype around the popular @hotdudesreading Instagram? For a while, it seemed like every man on the subway was enthralled in a novel—on purpose, perhaps? Well, it’s now 2019, and the new equivalent to cute guys with books (or firemen with puppies, babies, or kittens) is @boyswithplants, and the timing couldn’t be better. The current frenzy surrounding leafy monsteras, towering birds of paradise, and trailing pothos plants makes this account ripe for virality.

After all, who better to provide plantcare tips than beautiful men with particularly seasoned green thumbs? That was graphic designer Scott Cain’s exact thought when he launched the popular Instagram in 2016. Now, three years, 2,361 posts, and 125,000 followers later, the project is taking on new life as an eponymous pocket-size coffee table book. In it, 50 men from around the world provide insight into their own plant collections and how they learned to care for them.

“I was amazed at how popular these photos became, and through the account, I met a community of plant lovers, including James [Ip] from Singapore,” writes Cain. “James and I started discussing our plant finds, how much sunlight a Pilea needs, and which pot best goes with which plant.”

Here, five of the men featured in the book share their best plantcare tips.

Boyz Magazine

Boyz Magazine

Me, myself and I

Scott Cain

Scott Cain is the author of Boys with Plants: 50 Boys and the Plants they Love, who lives in Perth in Australia. He has over 200 plants on his balcony, loves Kew Gardens in London and would love to visit South America to see… more plants!


Daily Mail

Daily Mail

It IS easy being green! Boys with Plants who teach fans their flora from their fauna win legions of Instagram fans thanks to scantily-clad snaps

Keiligh Baker
March 29, 2019
  • Instagram account Boys with Plants was set up in 2016 and has 120,000 fans
  • Scott Cain curates images of handsome men posing with flora in their gardens
  • Men across the world submit pictures – along with their best gardening advice
  • It has been made in to a coffee table book featuring tips on how to care for plants

A successful Instagram account aimed at green-fingered millennials has just been made into a book.

The book is based on the eponymous and blooming Instagram account, Boys with Plants, set up by ‘plant guru’ and graphic designer Scott Cain, from Australia.

He set up the social media account in 2016 and began curating pictures of plant-loving men from around the world, encouraging them to share their best plant tips.

Now, the account has more than 120,000 fans who love its quirky mix of plants, gardening advice and attractive young men posing in their pants.

A release describes the coffee table book as ‘a fun and lush celebration of the dreamiest dudes with the greenest thumbs.’

The collection showcases a wide array of beautiful plants and luscious flora, along with 50 men from around the world who love and care for them.

The book also features tips on how to select, grow, and style plants, plus a short bio of each boy.

Boys with Plants curated by Scott Cain is published by Modern Books, £9.99 hardback.



Check Out These Hot Tattooed Men Posing with Plants

Meet these modern Tarzans

Devon Preston
March 29, 2019

It brings us great pleasure to introduce our audience to the Instagram page, Boys with Plants. This Instagram account was created on October 3rd of 2016 by Scott Cain, also known as TropicaLoco. Cain’s work has been featured in Vogue, The New York Times, and Buzzfeed, as well as his own hardcover coffee table book of the same name. And while Cain features boys of all kinds, we’ve selected some of our favorite tattooed gardeners that have appeared on his feed. Take a look at the tattooed plant lovers in the gallery below and let us know your thoughts on this story in the comments section.

The Times 2

The Times 2

What’s the point of Boys with Plants? Who cares?

Hilary Rose
March 28, 2019

If ever there were proof of the wondrous pointlessness of Instagram, Scott Cain is it. His feed, Boys with Plants, is a thing of rare and wonderful pointlessness: it is photographs of men and plants. It’s very silly and oddly sweet, with a hefty dose of homoeroticism.

Cain started by posting pictures of the plants on his balcony at home in Australia. He appears to be fond of large Swiss cheese plants, ferns and cacti. He discovered a whole community of online plant lovers keen to discuss the optimal soil, light and pot conditions for each plant. From there, he had the revelation that the one thing better than photos of plants on their own would be plants with their owners, many of whom are buff and scantily clad. Thus Boys with Plants came into being, an Instagram feed that has 120,000 followers and which has, inevitably, spawned a book: Boys with Plants: 50 Boys and the Plants They Love.

“I should have known that an account about boys and plants would find an audience,” Cain writes in his introduction. The book opens with Aaron, a 28-year-old investment banker from Philadelphia. Aaron is young, good-looking and naked. “To Aaron,” the text reads, “size does count — he thinks the bigger the plant, the better.” Aaron protects his modesty with an artfully placed fur throw and a baseball cap, and expresses a preference for big, leafy plants such as Monstera deliciosa (Swiss cheese plant) and fiddle-leaf figs.

We learn that Jan, 30, from Slovenia, hopes one day to have a big house with big windows that he can fill with plants. Mauricio, from Sao Paolo, advises talking to plants. “It will do them and you well,” he says, adding: “If you are the sort of person who forgets their obligations, choose plants that require little water.” Wise words.

Trevor in San Francisco does yoga surrounded by his menagerie of plants from the Tillandsia genus. These, we are informed, have no roots and therefore require particular attention, so presumably they are best avoided by those who forget their obligations.

The book has advice on “choosing the right plant for you”. There’s a chapter on keeping your plant alive and, should you find this challenging, a helpful list of the top ten plants that are difficult to kill. These include Sansevieria and Monstera deliciosa, which may or may not be the reason why Aaron in Philadelphia chose the latter. Finally, there’s a helpful alphabetical list of the boys and their Instagram handles. It’s kind of like Grindr, but with plants. They could call it Gardnr.

Boys with Plants by Scott Cain (Modern, £9.99) @Boyswithplants