Gardening is still one of the most popular hobbies in the country, but the type of gardening fluctuates in popularity.
Horticulture includes landscaping, vegetable or fruit gardening, lawn care and indoor gardening. Sometimes the perennials are stars; Edible gardening has been a superstar for the past few years. An emerging contender for houseplants.
Gardening of indoor plants is growing, more and more houseplants are being placed in their homes than ever before.
It is possible that because people stayed home and had more time, they needed something to fill that time with. Growing houseplants gives you something to control, something to care about. It can be exciting to watch a plant grow, bloom or bear fruit. When you see something you take care of flourish, it can be very satisfying. And houseplants are a way to bring in nature. They can turn your living space into an invitation and fill the void left behind after the festive decorations disappear.
Whatever the reason, the popularity of houseplants has grown dramatically over the past few years, and this trend seems to be continuing.
The cultivation of houseplants is not new. Many may remember their grandmother’s window sill full of African violets or a mason jar with philodendron grapes on it. Surprisingly, the younger generation of millennials is leading the herd in a new impetus for indoor gardening.
Marketing research suggests that millennials are very concerned about wellness, and there is plenty of research showing the healthy effects of nearby plants. Houseplants help clean the air. In 1989, NASA conducted an ongoing study documenting the beneficial effects of houseplants on indoor air quality. The initial study was conducted on a limited number of plants, but since then, researchers have found that many plants remove toxins. The best include philodendrons and pothos, Chinese evergreens (Aglaonema sp.), Spider or aerial plants (Chlorophytum), dracenas and pea lilies (Spathiphyllum).
ORNAMENT AND PLANTS
Houseplants are available in a wide range of shops, from nurseries and garden centers to grocery stores and specialty stores. In 2021, a new type of factory store opened in Little Rock. The Dandelion Home and Garden Store in Hillcrest – a combination of a plant store and home decor store – is the brainchild of Susan Veasey and Rachel Morris, business and life partners.
The store – 2923 Kavanaugh Blvd. – is full of plants, but also antiques, local art and decorating ideas. The store shows you how to use the plants it sells in a wide range of home conditions.
While Veasey prefers the decoration / design person, Morris loves houseplants. They moved to Little Rock from Dallas to enjoy a slightly slower pace. They wanted a business that would meet both of their needs but was valuable to the community as well. They’ve found a retail concept that they can both enjoy, and they all share their strengths.
Veasey, a full-time nurse at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock, uses her free time to work in the store and get rid of the stress caused by the covid ward. Plants can do this – they can offer an escape from some rather stressful periods.
Their company name sums up their ideas. Dandelions are hardy, perennial plants with deep roots, and although some consider dandelions to be weeds, they produce beautiful flowers, the plants are edible, and the seed pod can be used to make wishes – a versatile plant and a versatile business. .
Dandelions offer a wide variety of houseplants, in different sizes, in different price ranges, and when one starts out, there are plenty of small plants. Dandelions help you choose the right plant for your home. Cultural information will also be shared to understand how to care for the plant.
The same can be said for interior design lines. Although they carry antiques, they also include art, jewelry, and a wide variety of household items. They are looking for products from small, unique start-ups with interesting products to showcase.
They tried to connect the two parts of their business and began combining their antiques with their plants, turning some of their decor stock into creative plantations. You can choose from the containers they install, or you can import your own container. The dandelion works with you to create a design using succulents or houseplants that highlight both the container and the plants.
Recently, a customer brought in a designer shoe, and the end result was quite amazing, with an arrangement of “air succulents” that also featured plants and shoes. The store also uses succulents in wedding patterns as well as baby and wedding celebrations – a lasting reminder of a memorable event.
Succulent plants are becoming more popular, and there are more varieties available in Arkansas than the familiar hens and chicks. Succulents have thick, fleshy leaves. They live well even in dry conditions. Airy succulents are a little different.
Air succulents are a relatively new offer from the Netherlands. Succulent plants would be planted in soil; but the roots of these airy succulents were cut off and hardening of the skin occurred. They can be grouped into decorative pots, left on a shelf, or turned into a live wreath.
They are not considered long-lived plants, but they last longer in humid places such as the bathroom or kitchen. They are able to absorb moisture from the air. Some growers suggest lightly fogging the plants to prolong their life, but any water droplets left on the foliage will lead to problems.
Consider airy succulents as an alternative to the bouquet – they last much longer and are extremely easy to care for.
If you prefer potted succulents, they are also sold, along with many other houseplants and a varied blend of cacti.
TIPS FOR USE
If you are new to gardening, start small and increase your success.
Houseplants need two main things to survive: sunlight and water. The biggest killer of houseplants is overwatering, so learn something about what your plant needs to bloom – the need for light and moisture varies by species.
Pothos, Chinese evergreens, philodendrons and dracaena are all good choices.
If that doesn’t work at first, try it again. Houseplants are much less demanding than pets and are also much cheaper. Once you have the expertise, branch out and add to your collection, or better yet, share or distribute and share with your friends.
If you don’t have a houseplant, it’s time to get on that train. There are plenty of options.
Read Janet Carson’s blog at arkansasonline.com/planitjanet.