The New Plant Parent is roughly 200 pages long and filled with photos and detailed notes and guidance. The book is broken up into two main components. Part one is called "Caring for Plants" and focuses on a number of subtopics to help new plant parents understand plant care holistically. In part two the "House Plant Journal"
One of the things about plants that I really like is that they mark time for you. If nothing else changes in a room or in your life, your plant gets bigger and you’re like “Oh my god, this thing is passing time in front of me.”
For our second installment of Houseplant Enthusiasts, we're joined by Darryl Cheng. If you can connect to the internet and have even a passing interest in houseplants, Darryl needs no introduction. But I'll do it anyways. Darryl runs one of the most well-known, houseplant-focused Instagram accounts @houseplantjournal. With over 500,000 followers, there's a good chance you've either liked a post of his or seen one a friend of yours liked - and for good reason. Darryl, as you'll learn in the following interview is an opinionated guy when it comes to plants and plant care. His posts are typically educational and take a different approach to a lot of the content you see online. While he appreciates the aesthetic quality of houseplants, he clearly bristles at the idea that it is the only quality for which they should be appreciated. Darryl is also the author of a book called "The New Plant Parent", which I highly recommend. In it he breaks plant care down to some basic concepts, that should provide us all with a framework by which to determine how to care for our plants.
For our inaugural interview, we begin with Maisa Nammari, a plant-loving student based in Boulder, Colorado. Maisa has between 80 and 100 houseplants and is a big fan of tropical plants. In this interview she shares some fantastic plant care tips and specific products she uses for her own plant care. You can check out her excellent photography at @miishmiish on Instagram.
As a houseplant enthusiast you've probably developed your own methods for taking care of your plants indoors. In fact, before launching Plantfolio, I was really curious to see how people tackle the same challenges I was trying to solve. I polled several different houseplant enthusiast groups I belong to on Facebook, asking how people keep their houses or apartments clean despite the messy nature of plant care. As you can imagine people had a lot to say.
I wasn’t calling it plantfolio until December, but from the start, plantfolio had to be small enough to stow on a shelf in a closet or on top of a fridge. Set up, it needed to be large enough to fit a medium sized plant and pot on one side and a full bag of dirt on the other. It needed to fit on a countertop. It needed to be sturdy. It needed to be water resistant. It needed to minimize mess by limiting dirt, water and debris from flying out and getting on the table or floor.