11. Tyco

11. Tyco

“I’ve come to prefer hanging plants for their organic, fluid, draping forms that can compliment any interior style.”

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  Tyco Tat, 39, Canadian

  Singapore

   Tyco is a product designer working in UX/digital design from Toronto, Canada, currently based in Singapore who loves leafy green plants. He tends to shy away from flowering plants as they usually need a little more attention and aren’t as forgiving of neglect. Some of his absolute favourites are the lycopodiums and huperzias that he grows in inverted pots. They have such a whimsical and delicate quality to them, they make him wish for more ceiling space to grow his collection, he says.

Because it’s extremely humid in Singapore, Tyco explains that he can get away with a lighter watering schedule compared to when he lived in Toronto — even for his indoor plants. He has limited floor space in his small apartment, so a lot of his plants are hung for practical reasons. They also help liven up the otherwise uninteresting, low ceiling. Once a week, he ‘throws a shower party’, where all his hanging plants get a good, thorough soaking before getting rotated around the apartment. This ensures that all plants get exposed to a decent amount of filtered light closer to the window. It’s also a great way to change things up so that the plant arrangement seems fresh and less stagnant throughout the weeks and months.

Tyco always gets questions from his friends interested in trying their hand at keeping a small collection of houseplants, but are afraid that they lack the knowledge and know-how. He usually recommend them to look for plants that match their expected level of commitment. Some plants are fussier than others (e.g. his maiden hair fern) and if they’re not ready to put in some additional effort, they may find themselves disappointed with the results.

“For beginners, a quick search for ‘un-killable plants’ online is a great way to start!”

Tyco says: “I’m a designer and I love to make things! In addition to my day job, I’m one half of the creative team from @StillWares, where I create ceramic vessels and sculptures. I often make my own ceramic pots for my smaller plants, and dream about one day running a pottery studio and plant shop all rolled into one!”

 

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