Populate your home with self-grown plant babies
We have lived through wild times (And no – we are not just talking about the rugby world cup!)
If pandemic life has taught us anything, it’s this:
- We ALL “Know A Guy”.
- There is such a thing as too much banana bread.
- Pineapple bear is a very-very-very bad idea.
- Nothing gives a human being more joy than growing something.
As “Great” as the illicit cigarettes, banana flavoured carbs and tropical bad life choices were, the one thing that kept us all kind of sane was that little pot of something you had growing on your windowsill. Maybe you were lucky enough to have a “KwarenTUIN” or you just had a houseplant you were caring for…The undeniable truth is that there was a grounding, primal magic in watching something (other than your waistline) grow, and we all felt it.
From Hipsters to Houseplant Hobbyists
“Plants are the new pets, pets are the new kids and kids are like exotic pets because you have to be very rich and a little bit crazy to have them”
Dogs are now kids, with report cards, daycare, health insurance and a long list of do’s and don’ts…so much so that the owning of a pet is no longer necessarily the relaxing thing it was
This has created a void that needs filling. Humans love to love. We are hardwired to care and nurture and some of our biggest dopamine spikes come from things we love achieving success. Whether its your exotic pet (child) brining home an A+, or your fur baby being named “best in class”…When things we love, thrive, WE THRIVE.
But what if you don’t have the space, time or means to care for a whole living, breathing warm-blooded thing right now?
That’s where houseplants step up to fill the hole in your soul. Trust us. If you think a good report card feels great, wait till you experience the immeasurable joy of keeping a Fiddle Lead Fig Plant alive for more than a month!
Being a houseplant hobbyist comes with a lot of good. Plants improve air quality, seeing, living and working around greenery on a daily basis can benefit both your mind and your body and the sense of accomplishment and reward when your plant grows and sprouts a new leaf or flower, is undeniable.
BUT: Houseplants are expensive!
According to the blog Gitnuz the global houseplant industry is projected to be worth nearly 30 billion USD in 2025.
What this means for us, normal houseplant loving non-millionaires, is that we need to learn to work smarter with the plants we already have.
Luckily for us, many of the best and most popular houseplants are actually ridiculously easy to propagate.
What is propagation?
Basically, it is the process of growing a new plant. You can do this through the usual way of planting seeds, or by propagating through cuttings of an existing plant.
Pick you plant
These plants propagate well and are perfect for beginners. (This also happens to be one of our all-time favourite lists of houseplants…if you are not a houseplant-homie yet, this is the perfect place to start.