This week we talked to Brittany from New York City.
WATER & LIGHT (W&L): HOW DID YOU GET INTO PLANTS?
Brittany (B): My love of plants and nature started as a kid watching my parents garden creating beautiful islands of ferns in our backyard.
W&L: DO YOU REMEMBER WHEN YOU GOT YOUR FIRST PLANT AND WHAT PLANT IT WAS?
B: My first plant as an adult was a tiny cactus that I bought when I first moved to New York. I knew I needed plants around, even if my apartment was small.
W&L: WHERE DO YOU GET MOST OF YOUR PLANTS?
B: I love the farmer’s market in Union Square.
W&L: WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE PLANT SHOPS TO VISIT?
B: I enjoy visiting the plant shops on 28th Street, The Sill, Rooted, and Chelsea Garden Center.
W&L: HOW MANY PLANTS DO YOU HAVE IN YOUR COLLECTION?
B: I have about 20 plants, a much smaller collection than others! But it’s the amount I can manage well in my apartment.
W&L: WHAT ARE THE RAREST PLANTS THAT YOU HAVE IN YOUR COLLECTION?
B: My plants are all fairly common ones to find. I did get two monsteras and a pilea before they got crazy popular.
W&L: WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE PLANTS?
B: I love huge snake plants that are filled with darker shades. Mine is getting so tall and it’s great! I also really love cacti. I think they are full of character and individuality. I appreciate that.
W&L: WHAT DO YOU LIKE THE MOST ABOUT BEING A PLANT PERSON?
B: I love being a plant person because of all the other great plant people I have met. This community is really kind and friendly. Making new friends has been the best.
W&L: WHAT ARE SOME OF THE CHALLENGES YOU HAVE WITH PLANTS?
B: My NYC apartment has great sun in the summer but limited sunshine in the winter, so my plants definitely struggle until the sun returns.
W&L: WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS YOUR PLANT SPECIALTY?
I would say my plant specialty is more about connecting the value of plants to people’s personal growth and wellness. With plants as inspiration I created meditative moments with plant life through #PausewithPlants and the Pause with Plants podcast.
W&L: WHAT ARE YOUR TOP 3 PLANT CARE TIPS?
1. Be mindful of how much water your plants really need. At times it’s a lot less than we think. You have to get in a groove of reading their needs.
2. Also, my plants that are positioned close to each other always seem to be doing better than bigger plants that hang out on a table or corner alone. So, let your grow together. I’ve had great growth from that.
3. Last but certainly not least, I would invest in a grow light. Your plants will thank you during the winter months!