21. Tin

21. Tin

“Good bright indirect light for houseplants is a must. My friends are always puzzled why their expensive Ficus lyrata is suddenly yellowing and dropping leaves. That dark corner in the room is a no-no!”

  @tinnietintintin

   Tin Huynh, 37, American

  San Francisco, California, USA

   When, Apparel Designer, Tin started gardening in his early teens, Hostas were his favorite plant. He had at least sixty varieties of all shapes, colors, and sizes. Now that he lives in San Francisco where the seasons aren’t as distinct and he finds space hard to come by, Tin’s current obsession is any of the epiphytic cacti including Rhipsalis, Hatoria, Lepismium, Epiphyllum and Selenicereus. He currently has 27 varieties of Rhipsalis and he’s always on the hunt for more.

Tin’s priority for his plants is to make them feel like they’re back home in the jungle. Not just how he displays them (such as mounting them on found branches) but also with the lighting, water and even wind gusts. These are all important factors. He doesn’t want to stress his plants out by forcing them to grow somewhere that he knows they’re not going to thrive. After all, these are live plants not cut flowers, he says.

Tin says: “I really recommend to anyone, who loves gardening as much as I, to spend a weekend each month volunteering at your local botanical or community garden. It’s not only a great way to meet fellow gardeners and share advice but also a way of getting local youth involved so they understand the importance of plants and the value of these green spaces.”

 

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