Q&A: Keeping Plants High & Healthy with @cyrilcybernated
A: I’ve always been appreciative of plants and nature. I grew up with my grandmothers tending to their gardens and I grew up with my mom loving gardening and crafting. We would always visit plant nurseries in our area, and she would also trade cuttings with friends in our neighborhood. My classmates would always say that I live in the “house with many plants” because we had gigantic Bird's Nest ferns and Maidenhair ferns in our front yard.
A: I honestly don’t do much. Once I find the happy place for my plants, I keep them there. My trailing plants on the ledge were an experiment that I started last year, and when they started flourishing, I kept them there. The ones that did not do well I have to shuffle and find a happy place for. The secret is finding the best light, watering right and giving them time to do their thing.
A: I’d say start with knowing what your watering habits are, the plants you gravitate to, and knowing their requirements. When I started collecting plants last year, I just dived into the hobby and learned as I go. Educating yourself and doing your research really helps on giving you an edge on plant care and helping them thrive in your home. If you have pets and kids, knowing their behavior will also give you a thorough understanding of how they all can co-exist peacefully in your home.
A: My two older cats named @stormsuperstar (13 years old) and @tsunabulous (1 year 2 months) don’t really like nibbling on plants. They would occasionally be enticed to smack a dangling trailing stem, but that would be it. The newest baby kitty @mesmerizingmonsoon (10 months old) just joined the family over a month ago and she has a different liking to plants. I caught her nibbling on some leaves already, and part of the training is exposing them to plants and giving them their own catnip to nibble on. Most of the tips would be about keeping plants away from them by putting those on shelves or hanging on walls. Through time, the cats can be trained.
Thanks to Creative Plant Daddy Cyril for sharing his story and his methods with us! See his work on social media: