When you can't get a manicure for a month, there is nothing to save - you can selflessly dig into the ground. We're kidding, of course. But another trend has become clear: bloggers and stars are showing off new collections of indoor plants. On social networks, the friends of the editors of BeautyHack.ru are keenly interested in what flowers to plant on the balcony and what rises faster - dill or parsley. Specialized stores cannot recover from happiness: succulents and other evergreens fly out no worse than gouache stones. When did this happen?
Editor Kristina Semina found interesting Moscow projects that offer buying plants online through a courier, and talked with its founders which plants to choose for beginners, and what to look for.
Read all the pros and cons of growing plants at home from Varvara Shcherbakova, actress and founder of the Plants for Friends (@plants_for_friends) project, and the Buy Wife Potted Flowers (@buywifeplants) team.
Why is everyone obsessed with plants
co-founder of the Plants for friends project, theater and film actress
- People, having found themselves within four walls, finally paid attention to the comfort. Everyone wanted to have a green oasis inside the city. Taking care of plants is a kind of meditation and mindfulness training. It's nice that they began to realize this.
A full sold out happened in our online store for the first time! We were eagerly awaiting the delivery of new plants, which was delayed at customs, but now, fortunately, there is again a huge choice. Zamioculcas, ficus lyrata, monstera are in particular demand.
Practicing psychologist Tatiana Ogneva-Salvoni supports the words of the founder of Plants for friends that plants not only decorate the interior, but also have a positive effect on our psyche.
- In severe stress, many automatically feel the desire to dig in the ground, that is, literally to ground themselves, to take root, - Tatiana comments. - It feeds our resilience, drives away fears and panic. After all, this is something so concrete, older than what people have been doing for many millennia before us and will be doing it later. Planting, growing, monitoring the temperature, sprouts - this is a great distraction in a state of general uncertainty and gives a feeling of stability, a feeling of personal success, because something grows with you, is born right here, under your hands.
“Sociologists and psychologists have done a lot of research on how our connection with nature affects us,” the psychologist continues. - The American sociologist Wilson found, for example, that, in general, such personality traits as “survival, flexibility, agility, safety under severe stress” are higher in those who are closer to nature. And in one study by Russian psychologists, they found that caring for plants, even growing geraniums on a windowsill, prevents depression, positively affects cognitive functions - memory, thinking, and even reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases. Jungians, however, write that balcony gardening-floriculture increases self-esteem and a sense of competence. Psychologists also noticed that city dwellers who begin to plant plants note that they feel more tenderness, a sense of life,brightness of emotions and more joy in general. So I think this is such a natural anti-stress. And it is not surprising that in this non-peaceful time we were drawn to ground.
Where to begin
“At the beginning of your journey, be inspired by pictures of beautiful interiors with plants on Pinterest,” advises Varvara Shcherbakova. But he warns that the expectation - reality may not coincide, because after the purchase the plants will have to be transplanted. And not all greens are unpretentious, so if there is no experience, it is better to first choose those plants that are easier to care for - zamioculcas, sansevieria, scindapsus, epipremnum, monstera, aglaonema, spathiphyllum.
“It’s better to read about trends in landscaping and transplanting rules in the blogs of small local companies,” Varvara says. - It is also better to buy from them, and not in hypermarkets. In case of large quantities, it is not possible to examine the flowers for health. For example, we also sell plants immediately transplanted into balanced soil and a terracotta pot.
Which plants to choose
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- Choose those plants that you like and suit your interior. But if you're a beginner, look for those that don't require much maintenance. For example, zamiaculcas and sansevieria can grow in the shade and in the sun, and they are watered less often than other plants: once every 3-4 weeks in winter, and once every 1.5-2 weeks in summer.
Also, when choosing a plant, an important role is played by which side of the world your windows face. If to the north, it means that there is little light in the room, take a closer look at the shade-tolerant plants. If heading south, choose cacti, succulents, and other light-loving flowers. East and west are ideal for the "tropics", because most of the plants in the jungle grow in partial shade, from the hot sun they are covered by other taller fellows.
“Before buying plants, we recommend that you familiarize yourself with the rules of caring for them on the Internet, or better, consult with specialists,” the experts of “Buy my wife flowers in a pot” note. - Usually people working in small companies are dedicated and always ready to help. We are only happy to communicate with our customers, look for a suitable and interesting option for them, which you can hardly find from friends or bloggers. For example, Sansevieria Hanni is familiar to many, but her "relatives" Metallica and Moonshine are rare. Ficus Corduroy is also not very common on the market, but it is absolutely incredible and easy to care for.
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Varvara Shcherbakova advises reading about their properties when choosing plants.
- The air will wonderfully cleanse spathiphyllum, philodendron, scindapsus. Sansevieria absorbs carbon dioxide and releases oxygen at night. And absolutely all plants carry a charge of light and love. They will energize your home and make you happier,”she says.
You can also grow edible plants (these will definitely come in handy!).
“You can safely try to plant herbs on the windowsill or on the balcony, and even certain varieties of tomatoes,” continues Varvara Shcherbakova. - Unpretentious herbs: watercress, onions, basil, parsley, dill, arugula, mint.
Plants that require special care
The Buy My Wife Potted Flowers team warns that plants that require constant high humidity require more attention. To care for them, you will often have to spray the leaves or use a humidifier in the room. There are plants for which a large amount of sunlight is critical. These are variegated varieties, as well as many plants with bright leaves. They are able to survive in "dark" conditions, but over time the leaves will turn faded or just green.
It can also be difficult to care for flowering or climbing plants. They often need a certain amount of watering time, special soil and fertilizer.
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Experts advise not to experiment with them for beginners. Or, before buying, learn about all the intricacies of care.