January 25th, 2022
Hey Plant Friends!
This week we are going to change things up a bit and I am going to share my plant parent journey with you. It all started back in 2014 when I was working at a job where I sat at a desk most days. In the building where I worked, there were many plants that weren’t really cared for. I was destined to be the office plant caretaker.
Growing up, my mom always had a pretty garden and a few houseplants here and there. I think that’s what really sparked my love of plants, and I continued to do the same until 2018 when I landed my dream job at Tonkadale. At that time, I dedicated myself to learning everything I could about plants by reading whatever books I could get my hands on. I soon joined many online forums to get involved with the local plant community - Facebook groups, Instagram, but mostly Reddit. I have met so many incredible people along the way that taught me so much. Little by little I started collecting and it didn’t take long to fill my entire 2-bedroom, NE Minneapolis house with all sorts of plants. The feeling I get from buying a plant and caring for it is indescribable - that’s where I find joy. Seeing a new leaf is so satisfying.
My favorite finds are those that fall perfectly into place. Some of these include my Anthurium veitchii, Philodendron ‘Jose Bueno’, Philodendron hastatum ‘Silver Sword, and my newly acquired Anthurium warocqueanum. All these plants come with a fun story and lovely new plant friends.
Now, it hasn’t always been sunshine and butterflies. With plant collecting comes triumph and failure. Not every specimen lives, but you learn as you go. My number one piece of advice for new plant parents and plant collectors is to be patient. If you pay attention, your plants will tell you what they need. When in doubt, ask questions! When you bring new plants home, get them acclimated to your environment. I have hardened off most of my plants to be able to tolerate the cooler temperatures in my home. Also, investing in humidifier is key as most tropical plants come from humid regions of the world. Mostly HAVE FUN and share the love! Plant collecting is meant to bring joy, beauty, and clean air into your home. Sharing or propagating plants is what make this planty world go round. Who knows, you may just make someone’s day!!
This is my truth: If you really want a plant, it will come to you for the right price and through the right people.
Happy Hunting and Planting!