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@intotheplants       395 posts 94,5k 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.

My name is Kateryna (or Katja), 32 years old, living in Berlin, Germany with my husband and 80+ plants. Originally I come from Ukraine and moved to Germany 10 years ago. Besides plants I have a passion for watercolor painting which I turned to my job. I create plant illustrations which I sell via Etsy IntotheplantsArt Shop.

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

My plant parenthood started about 4 years ago when I moved to my husband’s apartment which looked bare and orderless, something what they call a man’s cage. In order to bring life in it and make myself comfortable I started rearranging everything and buying plants. I noticed that a plant in a room changes the atmosphere completely and here the addiction began. One day my husband made a comment that there is no more free space left for him 🙂

“…a plant in a room changes the atmosphere completely and here the addiction began”

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

Yes, I tried bottle garden growing system. It’s a great solution for plants which need high humidity and frequent watering, like Fittonia. The point is that you grow a plant in a closed bottle which is kind of self-regulating system. You only need to water it 4 times a year or so and easily go on vacation without worrying about your plant will die from lack of water.

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?

I got my first plant as a gift and it was a phalaenopsis orchid. It’s still alive and it’s 8 years old now.

Do you name any of your PLNTS?

Yes, but not every plant, only some. At the beginning of my plant journey I named all my plants but as my collection grew over the time, I quit 🙂

“I tried bottle garden growing system. It’s a great solution for plants which need high humidity and frequent watering”

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

Plant parenthood is not about having plants as a decor element for your apartment. It’s about creating the right environment for plants to thrive.

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

I love trailing plants like Pothos, Philodendron, Monstera Adansonii and different String of … plants. The way they hang down the shelves or windows makes me feel jungle vibes the most. Plant curtain is what I’m dreaming about since very long time.

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

I go for plant education to @that_one_plant_guy. This page gave me more knowledge than all my books and internet. I would recommend every plant parent to study this page from A to Z. 

Do you have any plant resolutions for 2021?

Yes, I want to start mixing my own potting media cause I used to buy a ready mix at the garden center and I also want to change my watering system.

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

I have never experienced my plants suffering from the heat. They just need frequent watering but they don’t suffer. I only cover south windows when the sun is strong to prevent leaves from burning.

“The way they hang down the shelves or windows makes me feel jungle vibes the most”

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

Study your apartment environment first before buying plants. Buy only those plants whose care requirements you can meet. There is no term like „overwatering” and there is no issue like too much water. It’s not the amount of water that causes root rot and kills plants. It’s the lack of oxygen and the excess of carbon dioxide in the root area. This happens when the potting media is too dense to allow these gasses exchange. So make sure your plants have well draining soil and adequate light and you can pour 10 l water on them they won’t be overwatered. 

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