This week we talked to Danessy (@yourlocalplantmom) about her plant hobby.
WATER & LIGHT (W&L): HOW DID YOU GET INTO PLANTS?
Danessy (D): I got into plants at a very young age, maybe around six years old. I used to live in Hollis where my mother and I had a garden. We had this huge rose bush that we grew from seeds and it took a very long time until it got into a decent size. I then moved to a private house where there was no area to plant any flowers outside so I decided to bring the outside in.
W&L: DO YOU REMEMBER WHEN YOU GOT YOUR FIRST PLANT AND WHAT PLANT IT WAS?
D: The first plant I bought was an ivy around twelve years old. At the time I wasn’t as educated as much about ivy and how much light they needed so it died.
W&L: WHERE DO YOU GET MOST OF YOUR PLANTS?
D: I get most of my plants online.
W&L: WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE PLANT SHOPS TO VISIT?
D: My favorite plant shop in NYC would be The Sill. However, I mostly purchase plants online such as NSE Tropicals, Gabriella Plants, Air Plant Hub, Air Plant Design Studio, and other small shops on Ebay.
W&L: HOW MANY PLANTS DO YOU HAVE IN YOUR COLLECTION?
D: I currently have 30 potted plants, 44 air plants and 2 aquatic plants.
W&L: WHAT ARE SOME OF THE RAREST PLANTS THAT YOU HAVE IN YOUR COLLECTION?
D: The rarest plant I have in my collection is the t. zacapanensis. This air plant is very hard to find in the United States.
W&L: WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE PLANTS?
D: My favorite plant are philodendrons. It is my absolute favorite genus of plants and the foliage is what makes me love them.
W&L: WHAT DO YOU LIKE THE MOST ABOUT BEING A PLANT PERSON?
D: Being a plant person is very rewarding because we receive oxygen and we give them carbon dioxide, it’s a never-ending cycle where these organism interact with each other and it always amazes me.
W&L: WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS YOUR PLANT SPECIALITY?
D: My plant specialty would have to be bringing some plants to life when they are near death.
W&L: WHAT ARE YOUR TOP 3 PLANT CARE TIPS?
D: My 3 plant care tips would have to be:
1. Always inspect your plants. Sometimes you can’t see any pest at that moment so it is better to quarantine your plants in an area far away from your plants and let it chill for about a week or two.
2. It is better to underwater than to overwater! Depending on the season and climate where you have your plants, always check for the soil for any dryness. The growing season (Spring and Summer) you always constantly water plants because they are growing. During late Autumn and Winter, most plants go dormant and are not growing as fast so hold off on water.
3. Lastly, do not get discouraged if your plants die. It is always a learning process and it never hurts to try again.