This pandemic has led us to a new generation of plant lovers. Across social media, plantitas and titos share their plant and flower collections that never fail to brighten one’s mood, especially whenever we see a bud growing or a flower blooming in our feeds.
Studies have shown that loving a plant may help reduce stress levels and boosts mood, it can be therapeutic and can boost productivity, among many others. (Read: 5 Instagram Stores if You Want Modern Ornamental Plants)
As Metro Manila is placed under the enhanced community quarantine again for two weeks, we are left with no choice but to stay and work at home for health and safety reasons, and these plant lovers will keep themselves sane and occupied by tending their plants. But have these plant parents ever wondered what plant they want to be and why? My Pope finds out!
Plant Parent: Retired Army Colonel Ruel Rombaoa, 48
“My six-year-old philodendron red congo. It has qualities worthy of emulation: Resilient (it has survived multiple repotting and transfers), low maintenance (it only needs enough water and sunshine), and dynamic (capable of continuous growth).” (Read: 5 Flowering Plants That Are Easy to Propagate Indoors)
Plant Parent: Daniel Joseph Ortega, 30
“Golder Pothos and Snake Plants. They are the best air purifier plants. We all know our air is polluted because of overpopulation.”
Plant Parent: Arlide Maghanoy, 39
“Wave of Love because I’m in love and I love to love and being loved.” (Read: 5 Books That Teach Kids the Complexities of Love)
Plant Parent: Mary Carol Serrano, 56
“Peace Lily. It’s adaptable. It can live in water or can be planted in soil.”
Plant Parent: Angela Vizconde, 56
“Orchids. It works for different occasions and can be used in different types of holidays and celebrations, sometimes even in times of remorse like funerals. The beauty and calmness of an orchid can go a long way. It cannot be underestimated.”