Austin American-Statesman - - FRONT PAGE - By Mari­bel Molina mmolina@states­man.com

Just take a scroll through In­sta­gram and in be­tween mir­ror self­ies, plant col­lec­tion pho­tos are spring­ing up.

More than 10 mil­lion posts are hash­tagged plants. So why would “en­ti­tled”

and “lazy” (as older gen­er­a­tions have de­scribed us) mil­len­ni­als want to start work­ing on their green thumbs?

Time and money are two sim­ple ex­pla­na­tions. Hav­ing chil­dren means fork­ing over around a quar­ter of a mil­lion bucks on av­er­age. And while cheaper, peo­ple spend in­creas­ingly more money on their pets.

“Lack of time and lim­ited space can also ex­plain mil­len­ni­als grow­ing in­ter­est in house­plants. This seg­ment of the pop­u­la­tion is work­ing longer­hours and a higher pro­por­tion are liv­ing in con­dos that of­ten reg­u­late pet own­er­ship, mak­ing plant sacheaper,eas­ier al­ter­na­tive,” ac­cord­ing to The Toronto Star.

House plants also can help spruce up a space as mod­ern, clean and sim­ple home de­sign be­comes trendier. Green life can also pro­mote healthy liv- ing and an ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the en­vi­ron­ment.

This per­fectly ex­plains why the Pan­tone Color In­sti­tute re­cently named “Green­ery” the “Color of the Year” for 2017. The color au­thor­ity writes, “the more sub­merged peo- ple are in mod­ern life, the greater their in­nate crav­ing to im­merse them­selves in the phys­i­cal beauty and in­her­ent unity of the nat­u­ral world.”

For oth­ers like my­self, gar- den­ing runs in the fam­ily.

My mom has al­ways loved plant­ing, prob­a­bly be­cause her name is Rose. For Mother’s Day one year I bought her a bunch of seeds and plants so she could go to town on our yard. Vis­it­ing my par­ents usu­ally in­volves a quick peek at what’s grow­ing in the front yard (cur­rently, there are rose bushes, toma­toes, jalapeños and Ser­rano pep­pers). And if asked to de­scribe my grand mother’s house, the first thing I’d point out would be all the green­ery on the front porch.

About half a year or so ago, I be­gan the process of buy­ing stuff to liven up my desk at work. The first thing I got was a to­tal im­pulse buy from H-E-B: A suc­cu­lent in a small brown planter. I watered it even though a cou­ple of my co-work­ers joked that it wasn’t a real plant.It’s since grown to just un­der 5 inches in height. Dur­ing the hol­i­day sea­son, one of my bosses gifted me with

another suc­cu­lent, this time in a mag­netic orb planter .This one hasn’t grown as much, but I’m stay­ing op­ti­mistic about it.

My boyfriend came home last week with a plant that his grad­u­ate pro­fes­sor had left him­in­his­cubi cle. It’s found a home on a ta­ble on the bal­cony of our apart­ment. I thought it looked lonely, so I made yet another im­pulse buy and added a minia­ture rose plant to our col­lec­tion. See, once you start col­lect­ing plants, you no­tice them every­where. A col­lege ac­quain­tance re­cently posted an In­sta­gram of her more than 20 house plants. Three of my col­leagues that sit in my vicin­ity have plants on their desks too.

Young peo­ple also use plants as a form of ex­pres­sion. Two years ago ,Ijoin ed a Face­book group called “UT Plants” for Longhorn plant en­thu­si­asts. Mem­bers get to share pho­tos of their col­lec­tions and tips for grow­ing and buy­ing plants. While suc­cu­lents and cacti are “in,” I’ve seen my fel­low mil­len­ni­als branch­ing out and build­ing gar­dens for herbs and ver­ti­cal planters. The planters can also be the fo­cal point, with toy di­nosaurs and Poke­mon fig­ures serv­ing as the base for grow­ing a plant.

The mil­len­nial pop­u­la­tion now ex­ceeds that of the baby boomers. Next time you’re in a plant nurs­ery, don’t be sur­prised to see young peo­ple. “Plant par­ents” know no age limit.


A suc­cu­lent hangs from Mari­bel Molina’s desk at the States­man.

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