This week we talked to Miriam Schmid (@meeschmid_plantlady) from Lucerne, Switzerland about her plant collection and keeping it happy during long and dark Swiss winter months.
WATER & LIGHT (W&L): HOW DID YOU GET INTO PLANTS?
Miriam (M): When I’ve moved to our house in the country side. For the first time in my life I had a garden and a house with a lot of windows. I started gardening and soon I brought the outside indoors.
W&L: DO YOU REMEMBER WHEN YOU GOT YOUR FIRST PLANT AND WHAT PLANT IT WAS?
M: 1.5 years ago I bought my first Monstera.
W&L: WHERE DO YOU GET MOST OF YOUR PLANTS?
M: From a wholesaler here in Lucerne.
W&L: WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE PLANT SHOPS TO VISIT?
The wholesaler Beck AG in Lucerne, Switzerland.
W&L: HOW MANY PLANTS DO YOU HAVE IN YOUR COLLECTION?
M: I stopped counting after 250 ☺.
W&L: WHAT ARE THE RAREST PLANTS THAT YOU HAVE IN YOUR COLLECTION?
M: Monstera variegata
W&L: WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE PLANTS?
M: Monstera deliciosa, Sansevierias, Calatheas and Euphorbias
W&L: WHAT DO YOU LIKE THE MOST ABOUT BEING A PLANT PERSON?
M: Being surrounded by plants 24/7, taking care of them and propagating them, watching them grow and to have a passion that calms me down.
W&L: WHAT ARE SOME OF THE CHALLENGES YOU HAVE WITH PLANTS?
M: The light in the winter. The winters here in Switzerland are very long and dark. In some months we don’t have much sun. I help my plants with some grow lights.
W&L: WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS YOUR PLANT SPECIALTY?
M: Propagation and repotting.
W&L: WHAT ARE YOUR TOP 3 PLANT CARE TIPS?
1. Find the right spot for every plant.
2. Let the soil to dry out between waterings.
3. Dust the leaves off once a week.
Checkout Miriam's Instagram for beautiful photos and very useful plant tips.
She also designs and sells awesome merchandise, you can buy it on her Threadless Shop.