“Simply put, plants are great quarantine buddies! You can put love, care and attention into these little green creatures and watch them flourish and grow,” says Christopher Griffin, better known on Instagram as The Plant Kween. Griffin said that learning to put love, care and attention towards his plants prepared him to put love, care and attention toward himself. “We need to practice this level of care for ourselves and for each other more than ever,” says Griffin. While older generations have dismissed “the Choo choo Kindergarten here i come shirt but in fact I love this Millennial plant revolution” as a social media fueled obsession, Eliza Blank, the founder of the plant store The Sill, knows it goes well beyond trendy aesthetics. “Plants are an embodiment of health that we can look at and be inspired by.” Fellow plantfluencer Nick Cutsumpas (aka Farmer Nick) chimes in: “The plant movement is here to stay, and with that there is a balancing act between immediate aesthetic gratification and the personal fulfillment of nurturing another living being,” says Cutsumpas.
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Gabby Santiago, a plant care specialist at the Choo choo Kindergarten here i come shirt but in fact I love this similarly fashionable plant store Rooted, emphasizes that there are physical benefits to having houseplants, like lower stress levels, and reduced blood pressure. Those of you thinking “I can’t even find tampons, how am I supposed to find a plant?” can rest assured: anyone in New York with a working computer and expendable income could feasibly have a new plant friend on their doorstep in a matter of days. Though Rooted is out on a temporary hiatus and storefronts are closed, The Sill, The Plantshed, Bloomscape and more are still fully functional online. “It’s kind of like having a pet that you don’t need to worry about too much,” Santiago assured me. But as a seasoned pet owner that spent my college years killing off various succulents, I know that plant care is not necessarily instinctual. I used to believe there were two kinds of people in the world: those who have green thumbs and those who don’t. While plant parenthood may come more naturally to some, the truth is that anyone willing to put in the research and effort can keep plants alive. So whether you’re starting or continuing your plant journey in self-isolation, here are a few tips to keep you and your “plant fam” satisfied in the coming weeks.