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@aljaskrt       2.312 posts 16,5k 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.

Hi there! I’m Alja, founder of Ljubeznice blog (the direct translation would be ‘the diminutive of love’), coming from a small but extremely beautiful and green country Slovenia. I am in my late 20s and I have a full-time 9-5 job in an advertising agency. I live in a little town together with my boyfriend and we are growing an indoor urban jungle in our attic apartment. Besides being obsessed with greenery and hoarding plants, I love exploring hidden gems of my beloved country, I adore hiking, cycling and stand up paddling and I live for those few weeks a year when I can sit on the plane and travel to the unknown (preferably a place where I can spend loads of time in the nature).

“As a student, I had a limited budget so I quickly realised I could easily fill the space with some greenery.””

When did you begin starting taking care of PLNTS?

It all started a decade ago when I was in the 4th grade and was assigned to take care of my class’ two plants (both snake plants) that the teacher gifted to me by the end of the school year. But I wasn’t that into plants until the end of the high school. At that time there were only a few cacti and succulents from Ikea on my shelves. But when I moved to my own place and had to decorate my apartment, the struggle became real. As a student, I had a limited budget so I quickly realised I could easily fill the space with some greenery. At that time, I also started to grow my own Avocado plants

“Plants are truly making everyone so much happier.”

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

Due to the worldwide situation in the past two months, I’ve spent more time than ever at home. With no social contacts at all I believe I would go completely nuts If I wouldn’t have my plants. They kept me busy all the time and I’ve spotted a new leaf every single morning on at least one of my 150+ plants. I’ve also repotted all of them, divided some and made even more plants, I’ve been rearranging the pots and building new spaces for the greenery and I’ve stalked zillion of plants related Instagram profiles. But the best part probably is that some of my friends that were having zero plants before the quarantine and became true plant parents with plenty of new babies during this rough times. And we spent so much time chatting online about plants, new leaves, repotting methods, plants wish lists and so on. Plants are truly making everyone so much happier.

It’s so magical what nature created and the fact that each leaf has its own way of variegation is so impressive to me.

You never forget your first love, and most plant parents never forget the first plant they adopt into their family. What was yours?

There were two, not just one. Both snake plants that a teacher gifted to me in the 4th grade at the end of the school year.

Do you name any of your PLNTS?

Unlike other plant parents (most likely) I don’t have names for my plants. There are so many that I probably couldn’t remember them all. But I like the idea and how creative some plant parents get with the names!

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

Propagate more and steal plant cuttings whenever and wherever you can! 😀

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

My favourites are variegated plants, especially Monstera Variegata, that I’ve proudly owned for three years now, my boyfriend and I drove to another country to get it. I know it is extra trendy at the moment, but honestly I don’t think anything more beautiful exists on this planet! It’s so magical what nature created and the fact that each leaf has its own way of variegation is so impressive to me. The shape of the leaves and its colours are truly fascinating.

Don’t be afraid to buy plants online – you will be pleasantly surprised with the smooth experience and super happy when the package arrives!

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

There are so many from all around the world! @Planterina, @meeschmid_plantlady, @nelplant, @studioplants, just to name a few.

Do you have any plant resolutions for 2020?

Propagate even more, get some of the plants from my wish list and find a place to grow an even bigger indoor jungle!

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

Observe your plants daily to see if there is something bad going on or if they need some extra love. Don’t be afraid to make cuttings! Just be sure to check out how to make them before. Don’t overwater your plants! From my experience they will better survive thirst, than the opposite. Shower your plants once in a while – they will be extra grateful. Make sure to cut off the dead leaves when you spot them. Give them a support if they need it – they will grow bigger and happier. And last but not least – don’t be afraid to buy plants online – you will be pleasantly surprised with the smooth experience and super happy when the package arrives!

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