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 was it?
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 that 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.