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EDITOR'S LETTER
Houseplant Love
Houseplants have always been
a part of my life. Growing up, I
remember several plants hanging
from macramé holders in front
of the big living room picture
window, intended to be high
enough for the cat not to reach.
In college, my dorm room wasn't
complete without an itty-bitty
cactus plant that, despite its
minimal needs, I still managed to kill. Sorry, Pedro. And
my office has always included a houseplant or two - from
the standard ficus tree stuck in the corner to a thriving
golden pothos trailing its vines from the top of a file
cabinet to the floor.
Nowadays, with two budding plant nerds under my
roof, my houseplant situation includes a decidedly more
eclectic mix of plants tucked throughout the house. From
herbs and vegetable starts planted from table scraps to a
couple varieties of ferns and, yes, even a cactus. Old habits
die hard.
But it looks like I'm lacking one of the trendiest
houseplants - Monstera deliciosa. This plant, writes
Mason Day, co-founder of GrowIt!, in this month's issue,
is still extremely popular and no longer in short supply,
nor is interest in it waning. They also found that the top
five plants that millennials wished they could grow in
their homes were all tropical fruit trees - something I
can definitely get on board with as a Midwesterner (but
definitely not a millennial). For more houseplant trends,
turn to " Houseplants are (Still!) Hot " beginning on page 14.
As a " green " industry, eco-friendly practices are always
a hot topic. This month, I wrote about Country Mile
Gardens, a family-owned and operated garden center in
Harding, New Jersey, that installed a 35kW solar system to
cover 100% of its energy use. Not only did it make sense
financially, said Thomas Gallo, co-owner, but it also helped
achieve their goal of reducing their carbon footprint.
And, Gallo said, " as a garden center, weather is a
tremendous factor on our business and having a more
stable climate is very important. " He noted that, in
addition to harvesting solar power, the array will provide
shade to shade-loving plants (perhaps even a houseplant
or two?). Read more about it on page 28.
What is your garden center doing to be more ecofriendly?
I'd love to hear about it! Drop me a line at
tmcpherson@greatamericanpublish.com.
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