We are witnessing the return of the old houseplant into our lives. They are all over Instagram and many shops and random places are including a lot of them around. You can now walk into many shops looking for clothes and find nice plants, pots and gardening books displayed amongst everything else.
In two years, the market for houseplants has increased considerably. And social media has played a huge role bringing them back into fashion.
But plants are not only nice to photograph, they have a massive influence in our environment, our house or our work place. Think about how much our personal space has changed in a decade; we have electronic devices all around the house and we carry our phone everywhere we go.
To me, it makes perfect sense to neutralise a bit all that technology with some living material. By bringing plants into our lives we are adding value to the small ecosystem that is our house or our workplace.
There is something special about those few minutes I dedicate to water, clean and nurture my plants. As living things, they need our attention to survive. In exchange, we benefit from all that photosynthesised oxygen. But there is more, the green of their leaves, their shapes and beauty help us to relax and to live happier lives.
So here is this new phenomenon that is turning millennials and older generations into gardeners. Don’t be fooled, the moment you own a plant you can consider yourself a gardener. To some extent you are taking care of living material, and that is just great.
Last year saw the very first Urban Garden Show by the Royal Horticultural Society. This show was focused on city dwellers with not much time but a certain interest on growing something. But most importantly, to give a space in their lives for a few houseplants that would enhance any London flat. The show was really popular and saw it’s second edition last July, confirming that there is a huge desire to grow plants in the city.
As a horticulturist myself, I am personally enjoying this moment. This is a career that brings joy to people in many ways. Growing vegetables or ornamental plants requires skilled professionals, and I am glad to see that there is still future for the industry.
Cacti are a huge hit in any garden centre right now. Kids love them and adults know that they require minimum care.
Succulents and cacti are now part of this new trend. Make sure you buy them from he right place. Garden centres employ people who have trained long and hard to give you the best advice.
And let’s not forget the orchids. Many people think that orchids are way to fragile and challenging for them. But they are not. They need minimum care, the right amount of water and light. If you follow a few simple steps you will have flowers every year.
Houseplants need a pot, of course. But not any pot. There are many options around these days, but you have to find the perfect one for your house.
Your plants will thank your dedication and care, but please don’t forget to feed them time to time. A well fed plant is a healthier and stronger one, capable of fighting pests and diseases.