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@greenhappiness_place      311 posts 11k followers

Can you tell us a bit about yourself. Where your from, how old (not necessary), description of how you live, job, hobbies etc. Or anything else you feel comfortable sharing.

I am Mirthe, 21 years old and I will be 22 on 22 April. I live in Antwerp, Belgium. At the moment, I’m still looking for a job but unfortunately, due to covid, it’s not that easy. I would really like to do something with plants, but who wouldn’t. I have done an art education (in Dutch they call it KSO). This was my thing for years, and still is! I like to draw and paint realistically. But because I am quite a perfectionist with a fear of failure, I started doing it less and less. I didn’t like drawing anymore, it was just stressful. This made me look for another passion in which I would find more peace: plants!

When did you start with having and taking care of PLNTS and why?

As I said, I was actually looking for peace. A friend of mine was already into plants and she infected me with her love of plants. I was really impressed by her plants. I started to see the beauty in plants, how beautiful nature can be. A whole new world opened up for me! It is such a nice feeling when plants grow! Now I can’t live without greenery around me.

“A friend of mine was already into plants and she infected me with her love of plants”

In these strange times have you tried any new plant activities or learned any fun new plant tricks?

Not really. But it has given me something to hold on to in these strange times. Thanks to my plant community on Instagram, I didn’t feel so alone and I still got to talk to people. I also started to spend more time with my plants, so I learned a lot about my plants in less than a year. I am so glad to have my plant community otherwise I would have had a very hard time.

You never forget your first love, and most plant parents never forget the first plant they adopt into their family. What was yours? Can you remember your first PLNT, is it still alive?

My first plant was a Monstera Deliciosa. I always loved this one but at the moment I don’t own one. What happened to that plant? Well, it did not die but it suffered from thrips. That was my first experience with thrips. When I started reading about it I lost my courage. I treated the plant twice but because I only heard dramatic stories about thrips, she ended up in the bin.

Do you name any of your PLNTS?

No I don’t, I don’t talk to my plants either haha. I call them by their real names.

“Thanks to my plant community on Instagram, I didn’t feel so alone and I still got to talk to people”

If you could go back in time, what would you tell yourself about plant parenthood when you adopted your first plant?

That is not as simple as it seems. At the beginning you think ‘ooh nice, everything is growing’. But then you have to deal with less pleasant things like plague, fungus, gnats… that’s the real thing. But don’t give up! It is something you have to go through, you will learn to deal with it.

What is your favourite variety of plants and why have you chosen it?

What a hard question. I usually collect Philodendrons, Anthuriums and Alocasia. I can also adore some Syngonium and Begonias. But I think my all-time favourite remains my Jewel Orchid. I love collecting these little gems. They are gorgeous! They are also small, so you do not need much space for them. Perfect right?

Are there any influencers in the plant world you go to for inspiration?

Definitely @rootandstem_, @theplantvisual and many more! 

Do you have any plant resolutions for 2021?

Getting a Monstera Thai, currently they are too expensive. My dream is to have a large greenhouse outside and a plant room in my own home. 

How did you manage to let your plnts survive in the heat of the Summer? Any tips?

My plants have not suffered from the heat. They even like it! But I always make sure that the air humidity in the room is up to standard, like 50-60%.

“…my all-time favourite remains my Jewel Orchid. I love collecting these little gems”

You are something of a plant expert by this point. Do you have any tips for new/expecting plant parents?

Expert is a big word, haha. Start with easy-to-maintain plants and not with the ‘hype’ plants. Also, do not spend too much money on expensive plants when you are a beginner. As a beginner you will always let a plant die, that is actually quite normal, you also learn from it. So build up gradually. In this way you can gradually increase your budget and degree of difficulty. Think for example of plants that need a high humidity to not start with. That is my advice to avoid disappointment or wasting a lot of money. You will learn to care for plants by yourself, step by step you will get there! 🙂

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