This week we talked to Belinda from Kristiansand, Norway.
WATER & LIGHT (W&L): HOW DID YOU GET INTO PLANTS?
Belinda (B): My grandma got it from her mom and passed it on to my mom who passed it on to me. We are one big plant loving family!
W&L: DO YOU REMEMBER WHEN YOU GOT YOUR FIRST PLANT AND WHAT PLANT IT WAS?
B: I had many over the years back in my teenage years which didn’t last very long, but the first one I got when I decided that this is it, this is my baby and I will treat it as such. It was a Calathea Orbifolia. I was so proud. And I still have it! Its huge now.
W&L: WHERE DO YOU GET MOST OF YOUR PLANTS?
B: I moved into my first house not too long ago, and that’s when my plant obsession exploded. Suddenly I had the time and space to create a lil jungle for myself so at first I bought a whole lot, but it became expensive so I decided to start with propagation and cuttings. I created a Facebook group for plant obsessed friends and family and we all shared our cuttings. It is such a nice way to get a bunch of plants without having to win the lottery first.
W&L: WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE PLANT SHOPS TO VISIT?
B: I love small local shops more than the big ones. I feel like theres more love in the smaller ones, so whenever I travel I stop by small plant shops and every too often a baby comes with me home.
W&L: HOW MANY PLANTS DO YOU HAVE IN YOUR COLLECTION?
B: My fiancee gave me a plant shop stop, which for me only meant that I had to sneak them in the backdoor. After a while he noticed that the house kept filling up so he made me count. Turns out I had 55 (inside).
W&L: WHAT ARE THE RAREST PLANTS THAT YOU HAVE IN YOUR COLLECTION?
B: My rarest plant is actually a very common one - outside of Norway. Its a Strelitzia (bird of paradise). I lived a while in San Diego and The Bird of Paradise was everywhere, I loved it. Moving back to Norway I really missed it, so I managed to get a hold of a huuuuuge one which now proudly stands in my living room. It’s very rare here.
W&L: WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE PLANTS?
B: I’m truly in love with my monsteras, both deliciosa and the variegated ones. Also I love my alocasias. Wait, this was difficult. I love them all, except for my succulents who just froze to death (I think I might be the only person on this planet who can't keep a succulent alive).
W&L: WHAT DO YOU LIKE THE MOST ABOUT BEING A PLANT PERSON?
B: I run my own business and I work a lot, so for me being with my plants is therapy. It calms my mind and relaxes me. I love watching them grow, and also they are so so pretty, makes a house feel like a home.
W&L: WHAT ARE SOME OF THE CHALLENGES YOU HAVE WITH PLANTS?
B: Well, living in Norway we have beautiful seasons but the winters can be long and harsh. Getting enough light and making sure the air is not too dry is a problem, my current challenges revolve around my Alocasias, both Alocasia Polly and my Alocasia Zebrina. They are super unhappy these days, and I have no idea what I am doing wrong - HELP.
W&L: WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS YOUR PLANT SPECIALTY?
B: My grandma always told me that it takes more than water and light to keep a plant happy; they need love and care. She told me to always touch them when I walked passed them and to play calming music for them. So I think that's my “special ingredient” - LOVE.
W&L: WHAT ARE YOUR TOP 3 PLANT CARE TIPS?
1. Learn everything you can about each plant that enters your house
2. Shower them!
3. Don’t give up - ask for help if you’re stuck. I’ve had plants I was sure was dead until my mother came to visit and said “just give it some time”, and voila - back to life.