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@janki.home      1.030 posts 129k 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.

My name is Martyna, I was born in Poland and have been living in England for 10 years now with my husband and three children. I am 30 years old and I take care of the household and take care of my children, besides that I do interior design and manage my instagram @janki.home.

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

It all started about 3 years ago, my husband and I were shopping and he insisted on buying a new palm tree. I didn’t want this as so many of my plants didn’t survive. He won and Areca came home with us from shopping… this is where our whole plant adventure started!

“He won and Areca came home with us from shopping… this is where our whole plant adventure started!”

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

I learned to grow Pilea plants, it is super simple and I gave all kinds of small cuttings to friends and family. I also had an adventure with my Calathea Orbifolia, her leaves were falling out, it was so sad. I was devastated that she was going to die. But luckily I managed to save the plant after good care, put it in the shower and watered it profusely. She put me under so much stress.

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 Areka, who still belongs to our family and grows happily from our living room. But actually my first love is the white Strelitzia, I think this plant is the most beautiful.

Do you name any of your PLNTS?

I don’t name my plants because there are so many of them and my bad memory with names. Sometimes I am confused even with my kids their names and when I want to name the correct one, I name the other two first. But! I talk to my plants when I water them, just like I talk to my kids.

“I talk to my plants when I water them, just like I talk to my kids.”

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

When we bought our first plant, I was convinced that it would die like all my other plants. However, I still managed to keep the plant alive. I started with good care and then it all went quickly. Since then, more and more plants have come to live with us.

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

I like the Strelitzia family best for their appearance. They are my favorite! I also love the String of Pearls but two of them did not survive. I am really into this plant but unfortunately I have trouble keeping it alive.

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

That seems like a no. I rarely get inspired by others and that is mainly because I have little time for that. Managing my household, childcare and instagram takes up a lot of my time.

Do you have any plant resolutions for 2021?

More, more and more plants! I even recently sold some of my bedroom furniture to make room for even more green friends.

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

I live in England so our summers are not very hot. I actually have more problems with the winter, many of my plants have problems during this period.

“I like the Strelitzia family best for their appearance. They are my favorite!”

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

I advise you to be as interested in your plants as if they were your own children. Keep track of them, observe them and give them a lot of attention. I can say that I put a piece of my heart into caring for my plants.

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