Ever heard of the term “Plantito and Plantita” ?. It’s a new social media Jargon use to describe people who find joy and fulfillment in planting and gardening. “Plantito” = Plant+Tito (Uncle) and “Plantita” = Plant+Tita (Auntie).

The result of limitless browsing on our social media accounts leads us to the curiosity of trying out new trends that have been circling on the internet. Every month seems to introduce unique and not so usual things to kick off the spirit of productivity out of boredom.

For some with a “sweet tooth”, their creativity and love for treats introduced us to the latest food trends like Ube-turon malagkit, Ube cheese pandesal, Graham de leche, and other tummy-filling stuff. And for the others, they opt to dig into hobbies and entertainment that doesn’t consume too much of their time and effort.

Various research shows that gardening or planting at home compliments a person’s mental and physical well-being. It reduces the risk of developing psychological illnesses caused by stress and an unhealthy environment.

But before you start with the trend, you must first consider the numerous factors for a new plant parent. Because growing a plant may not be as easier as we envision it.

Here are some basic factors to look up to for a plant parent wanna-be:
  • Lifestyle

Do some research on what are the best plants that may suit your current lifestyle. Determine the amount of time and effort you can reasonably give to your new babies. You might also consider your dependents living with you, such as pets and kids.

  • Type of Plant

Just like humans, not every plant is the same. Some might require too much TLC, while others, however, don’t like to be taken care of at all. Also, some plants contain toxins that are harmful to kids and pets when ingested.

  • Space and Location

This is one factor to be well consider above all . You might not want the inconvenience and discomfort of putting up a very large plant in your small room, for instance. Also, some plants require natural rays of sunshine to thrive. The right spot for the right plant.

  • Budget and finances

It goes along with the second factor mentioned above. As a beginner in plant parenting, you may choose a plant that will not bloom your expenses. Various low maintenance plants are usually available in the market or, at your neighbor’s garden. A small friendly conversation can do the job 🙂

  • Time and devotion

Many can dig and plot a plant, but not all can keep it alive and growing. Of course, if you want to see your plants bloom with flowers you must allot time, effort, and consistency.

As a newbie Plantito/Plantita, it is better to start with plants that are considered low-maintenance. For some reason, indoor plants are the best choice for a beginner. Green-thumb or not, most of the indoor plants can thrive without requiring too much care and attention.

Top 5 low maintenance indoor plants in the Philippines:
  1. Pothos plants (Devil’s Ivy)
Also known as an air purifier that eliminates toxins and pollutants at home. Pothos plants are great option for a newbie Plantito/Plantita because of its reputation as the easiest houseplant to grow.

2. Sansevieria (Snake Plant)

A lucky plant as referred to by many Feng Shui experts. Sansevierias are best placed in the bedroom since it only releases oxygen at night through the process called Crassulacean Acid Metabolism.

3. Aglaonema (Chinese Evergreen)

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Aglaonema plants are known for their tolerance to low light. Ideal to be placed on top of the tables in your offices or at home.

4. Peace Lily

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Peace Lily is an easy-to-grow plant great for beginners. However, just be careful when giving this as a present because it is commonly used as a funeral plant.

5. Aloe Vera

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Aloe vera is a succulent species which is one of the most common and easiest plants to grow. This is my fave among the plants mentioned. Aside from its healing benefits, it doesn’t require too much effort to grow.

There are no tricks and magic in becoming an accomplished plant parent. Do not be afraid of taking a little experiment. Ask the expert or do some research. Learning will take place as you grow fonder of the houseplant parenthood journey.

Good luck to the aspiring Plantito and Plantita of all thumb colors!

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Unique Philippines Team

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