What is with the Monstera hysteria?

The love between millennials and their plants. (Image source: My Domaine)

By Chelsea Shepherd@Chelsea15183902

I spent the first 21 years of my life blissfully unaware of the joys that indoor plants bring, but now that we’re all stuck in isolation I wanted to uncover the obsession with the leafy lovers that are indoor plants.

Not only are indoor plants a great way to keep busy during isolation, but they also provide numerous benefits to our health. Plants have shown to produce clean indoor air by absorbing toxins, increasing humidity and producing oxygen.

Kristy Robertshaw is the owner of Charlie and Jacka plant and homeware store in Victor Harbor, and the creator of the Crazy Indoor Plant People Australia (C.I.P.P.A) Facebook page.

She said in the last few years there has been a huge surge in the popularity of indoor plants.

“I think [the surge is] mainly due to social media and the fact that we can see plants from all over the world that we suddenly fall in love with,” Mrs Robertshaw said.

“It is also a great way to relax and I see so many people that suffer from mental illness benefiting from tending to their plants.”

Plants have been linked to increased levels of positivity and help us feel more relaxed and secure while also having the potential to relieve the feelings of loneliness and depression.

Taking responsibility for a living thing gives us a purpose and the feeling you get when your plant blooms is rewarding.

If you are searching for an outlet to ask questions or share the growth of your indoor plants, The C.I.P.P.A Facebook page is for you.

“I started Crazy Indoor Plant People Australia before I opened my shop, to stop annoying my family and friends with the constant sharing of my plants and every new leaf that appeared,” Mrs Robertshaw said.

The group, which now has over 100,000 members, is a platform where plant lovers can be inspired by the like-minded community.

“I love chatting to and seeing how passionate people are about plants, learning new things every day and watching how completely and utterly addictive indoor plants are,” she said.

After being made redundant in 2017, with the help of her family, Kristy converted her son’s ‘man cave’ into what is now a beautiful plant store.

To further my research on people’s obsession with indoor plants, it would only be appropriate to purchase a plant for myself.

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(Image source: Chelsea Shepherd)

As a regular visitor of the Charlie and Jack store, and recent member of C.I.P.P.A, as well as having no knowledge about the care of indoor plants, I enlisted the help of Kristy to share her advice on taking care of them.

“Start slowly, and with plants that are hardy and suit your space light requirements,” she said.

“Make sure you ask advice before buying and a moisture meter is a great plant lifesaver when first starting out.”

I soon realised what the obsession was all about as I felt responsible for another life. Despite it not being a human or animal life, regardless, it is a living organism and its future was in my hands … no pressure.

I quickly learned that while plants are a great accessory to the home they really don’t like to be overwatered.

This led to a very sad Chelsea having to enlist the help of her green-thumbed mother to help recover and repot the string of pearls in an effort to save its life.

After a lot of tears and emotions, let’s just say the string of pearls, of whom I named Joseph, has now recovered and is doing well.

Following the purchase of Joseph, I now have five indoor plants in my room alone, four of whom belong in the Monstera family of indoor plants.

They all have names, and all are climbers, and I am excited to look after them and expand my knowledge and collection of indoor plants.

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