This week we talked to Liz (@talkstoplants) from New Jersey about her plant journey.
WATER & LIGHT (W&L): HOW DID YOU GET INTO PLANTS?
Liz (L): Growing up my Mom has always kept house plants and my aunts as well. When I went away to college my mom gave me my first house plant to keep in my dorm and make it feel homey. From there I have kept house plants as well as outdoor gardening, but over the years my passion for it has grown, especially after the birth of my daughter. After my daughter was born I have found plants have helped me relax.
W&L: DO YOU REMEMBER WHEN YOU GOT YOUR FIRST PLANT AND WHAT PLANT IT WAS?
L: My first plant was a jade cutting that came from my mother's plant and she gave it to me when I went away to college.
W&L: WHERE DO YOU GET MOST OF YOUR PLANTS?
L: Nurseries, plant swapping, and online. I really enjoy connecting with other plant people and sharing plants. I also frequently plant swap with my mom as well as other family members.
W&L: WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE PLANT SHOPS TO VISIT?
L: Deerborn and Williams Nursery are my favorites but I am constantly on the hunt for new places.
W&L: HOW MANY PLANTS DO YOU HAVE IN YOUR COLLECTION?
L: 60ish and I am constantly propagating.
W&L: WHAT ARE SOME OF THE RAREST PLANTS THAT YOU HAVE IN YOUR COLLECTION?
L: Philodendron pink princess, hoya curtisii, variegated geranium.
W&L: WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE PLANTS?
L: My jade is my oldest so definitely one of my favorites, I am also in love with my rabbit foot fern I love the creepy rhizomes, string of hearts, and mother of thousands.
W&L: WHAT DO YOU LIKE THE MOST ABOUT BEING A PLANT PERSON?
L: I really love the plant community, sharing tips tricks and plants! I have had to opportunity to connect with plant people all over the world through social media and even meet some of my online plant friends through both formal and informal plant swaps.
W&L: WHAT ARE SOME OF THE CHALLENGES YOU HAVE WITH PLANTS?
L: Getting to know a new plant figuring out what it likes in terms of watering and light, it is a challenge but a good one, because once you find the balance you are wonderfully rewarded.
W&L: WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS YOUR PLANT SPECIALITY?
L: What would you say is your plant specialty? I really enjoy propagating, I usually water propagate because I enjoy watching the progress on the root growth.
W&L: WHAT ARE YOUR TOP 3 PLANT CARE TIPS?1. Aerate soil so that it does not become compacted and so water can reach roots evenly.
2. Water thoroughly, if there is a drainage hole water until you see excess coming from the drainage hole.
3. If at first you don't succeed try again!