This week we spoke to our friend Christopher (@plantkween) from Brooklyn, NY who we had the pleasure of meeting earlier this year. Here he shares his story and tips.
WATER & LIGHT(W&L): HOW DID YOU GET INTO PLANTS? DO YOU REMEMBER WHEN YOU GOT YOUR FIRST PLANT AND WHAT PLANT IT WAS?
Christopher (C): I got into plants when I had moved into a new apartment about 3 years ago and wanted to decorate it. I ended up going to Home Depot and buying a pothos that needed a lot of TLC. I had always been afraid of killing plants so always steered away from bringing them into my home, but with the new apartment in desperate need of some greenery I challenged myself to see if I could keep the pothos alive. I brought the pothos home and it began to thrive! Slowly I continued to test my plant kween skills and as of today I have about 80 plants in my apartment. It became a journey of self-education, patience and botanical fun!
W&L: WHERE DO YOU GET MOST OF YOUR PLANTS?
C: I get my plants from all over! I think it is safe to say that I have shopped at every plant shop in NYC and BK.
W&L: WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE PLANT SHOPS TO VISIT?
C: My fav would have to be Crest Hardware, Sprout Home, Rooted NYC and Water & Light Plant Shop!
W&L: HOW MANY PLANTS DO YOU HAVE IN YOUR COLLECTION?
C: I currently have about 80 plants in my one bedroom apartment.
W&L: WHAT ARE THE RAREST PLANTS THAT YOU HAVE IN YOUR COLLECTION?
C: My rarest plant that I currently own is a variegated monstera deliciosa.
W&L: WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE PLANTS?
C: My favs include the snake plant (particularly the whale fin), the watermelon peperomia, and the monstera adansonii.
W&L: WHAT DO YOU LIKE THE MOST ABOUT BEING A PLANT PERSON?
C: The thing I like most about being a plant person is connecting with other folks who are passionate about plants. I think the plant people community is a very friendly, curious and nurturing one.
W&L: WHAT ARE SOME OF THE CHALLENGES THAT YOU HAVE WITH PLANTS?
C: Not having enough space! My goal is to build my own greenhouse once I acquire some property.
W&L: WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS YOUR PLANT SPECIALITY?
C: I think I have become very good at paying close attention to my plants and figuring out what it is they need in order to thrive. I have brought a couple of my plants back to life from various issues including overwatering, under watering, infestations, etc. And so far I have had tons of luck with reviving them.
W&L: WHAT ARE YOUR TOP 3 PLANT CARE TIPS?
1. Overwatering can be prevented by placing your finger two inches into the top soil. If dry the plant probably needs a drink.
2. Aerating your plants soil is so crucial to allow air to reach the roots and to allow for the water to be evenly distributed in the soil. I use a chopstick.
3. Dust those leaves, hunty! The cleaner the leaves, the healthier the plant.