William

William

“Although I am a 6th generation Arizonan I am not a lover of cacti (I know, I know, sorry).”

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William, 34, American

Arizona, United States

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Favourites:

My most treasured plants are the heirlooms that have been passed down to me. One of them has been in the family for 6 generations.

Other than the heirlooms, my favorites are carnivorous plants such as Nepenthes (tropical pitcher plants). The fact that these plants evolved to trap and consume other living organisms to sustain themselves truly fascinates me. Nepenthes also form symbiotic relationships with bats and other mammals such as the shrew (shout out to you, David Attenborough). Nature is stranger than fiction.

Although I am a 6th generation Arizonan I am not a lover of cacti (I know, I know, sorry). I grew up in the mountains so I am more fond of moss and ferns than cacti and succulents.


William says: 

I love to showcase rare or unusual plants as specimens. I keep some of them in an antique apothecary cabinet that I converted for use as a terrarium. Others are kept under glass cloche or in vintage glass containers that I have found in antique stores.

Some day I’d like to build a Victorian conservatory that I could fill up with carnivorous plants and tropicals and just let the plants grow wild. I’d also host dinners and plant workshops inside.


William’s tips: 

Most plants need a little loving neglect or tough love; meet their specific requirements, but don’t fuss over them.

If one dies from under watering (looking at you maidenhair ferns) keep the soil moist, and they might surprise you.

If you are more of an absentee plant parent, check out water stakes. Also never underestimate the power of rain water.

 

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