Instagrammer of the Week: Boys with Plants

August 16, 2017

Proving that often it’s the simple ideas that are best, today’s Instagrammer of the Week doesn’t require much introduction. Suffice to say that Boys with Plants very much does what it says on the tin, and we are thoroughly hooked on our new daily dose of botanical eye-candy (those handsome fellas don’t go amiss either).

We have to ask, how did the idea for Boys With Plants come about?

I have another all original photos, a plants-only account on Instagram (with 35k+ followers!) and I’ve made some great ‘plant friends’ through Insta. My friend and I used to send pictures of guys with plants between ourselves, and we thought others might like them too so we came up with the idea of creating a dedicated account.

We understand your photos are user-generated; where do your #boyswithplants hashtags come from?

We get between 6-12 direct messages daily on Insta with images our followers think would suit the account, sometimes of themselves, sometimes of others. Plus people use the tag #boyswithplants (its numbering 4,800+ and was at about 15 when I started the account less than a year ago.)

Tell us about your experience with Instagram…

Boys with Plants started less than a year ago, in October 2016, and it’s been exciting seeing it grow and getting so much amazing feedback. We regularly see ‘This is my fav account’ or ‘@____ you have to follow this account, this is so you!’

As we’ve gone along the technology behind Insta has made it easier too. Firstly, being able to flag images to save for later and now sort them into different collections has made saving great quality images and choosing which one to post next so much easier.

What is your approach to posting images?

We choose pics where the plants are the focus and preferably some sort of interaction with boy and plant (not just guy in front of plants – we get a LOT of these) and also minimal/no filters or borders used. There are some exceptions but this is usually what we go for. We also look for guys of all ages, from all ethnic backgrounds – we try to be very inclusive.

Who do you most admire?

Some Boys with Plants all-stars include @articgardener, @jagnet, @satie-san, @upleafting, @hiltoncarter, @savereign and @jamesipy. Of course, I have to give a shout-out to the provider of our icon, @vaguesouvenir which is the perfect combo of a minimalist plant, handsome boy and everyone’s fave plant, Monstera!