31. Thomas G

31. Thomas G

“When you’re transplanting a delicate/water-loving plant, make sure to soak the clay planter before using it; this will prevent it from absorbing all the water when you’re plant is still settling down.”

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Thomas Goyvaerts, 27, Belgian

Antwerp, Belgium

Client Liaison at a Workwear Company

Favourites: 

  • Ficus Lyrata (the massive leaves get me every time)
  • Boophone haemanthoides (recently discovered this one, absolutely amazed by it)
  • Almost every Caudex (I recently started to collect a few of these, now I want them all!)

Thomas says: 

I’m just a farmtown-boy who moved to the big city of Antwerp to study for 7 years, then went backpacking throughout South America for 6 months, lived in Barcelona as a city guide and cocktail bartender, and finally came home and fell in love again in Antwerp. Ready to start growing roots where the wind has blown me.

In the small farmers’ town where I grew up, my parents owned a flower shop. In this environment I was taught how to love, grow and mostly care for plants and flowers, both at home and in our massive garden and orchard. The methods we use in the countryside often involve less chemicals and more natural techniques.

Basically my way of caring for my plants is a sort of obsessive one; not a day goes by where I don’t check up on some of me plants or cuttings (422 green residents at my home at the moment) and I love every second of it.

When it comes to propagating I love to experiment with hydroponics; finding out which plants are able to grow roots without soil, watching them grow roots… Other than that I spray me plants down every other day to prevent them from catching bugs and to keep them dust-free.

For my plant-styling needs I go back to what my mom taught me, as she also was a flower decorator. Less is often more, never let your planters/vases outshine your plants and always make sure your entire set-up will be able to grow in the spot you put them in. Yes, a fern and a cactus look lovely together, but a fern won’t enjoy the amount of sun that most cacti desire. Inspectorate before you decorate!

It’s in my nature to check up on my plants all off the time, and I do tend to over-water them. Because of this I’ve lost quite a few plants throughout the years. I did however find the solution in terracotta/clay planters; they immediately absorb some of the water when you water your plants, and they keep on absorbing water, which evaporates through the clay material. It’s like a massive, solid sponge. When you’re transplanting a delicate/water-loving plant, make sure to soak the clay planter before using it; this will prevent it from absorbing all the water when you’re plant is still settling down.

And don’t forget; every planter should have a hole in the bottom to prevent drowning roots – this will save a lot of work and sorrow!

 

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