More than half of South Africans consider themselves plant parents. Here are 10 tips to join them

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A recent Gumtree poll revealed that 61.7% of respondents call themselves ‘plant parents’. In other words, they just love gardening. Photo by Getty Images
A recent Gumtree poll revealed that 61.7% of respondents call themselves ‘plant parents’. In other words, they just love gardening. Photo by Getty Images
  • A recent Gumtree poll revealed that 61.7% of South Africans that responded, call themselves ‘plant parents’.
  • Owning a ‘family’ of plants is increasingly popular, as they’ seen as more affordable and easy to manage than a real, live, eating, breathing (and pooping) pet.
  • What’s more, plants actually help relieve stress, and they truly bring any living area to life. 


A recent Gumtree poll revealed that 61.7% of respondents call themselves ‘plant parents’. In other words, they just love gardening.

The poll, specifically aimed at millennials, saw 41.2% answering “YES, l love my green babies” and 20.5% saying “Not a millennial but yes!” to the bellow question: “Millennials just love their plants. As they say, pets are the new kids and plants the new pets. Do you consider yourself a plant parent?

South Africans sure love plants. And why wouldn’t they? They’re affordable (compared to a pet or child, at least), don’t take up too much space in an apartment or small home, and add a touch of greenery and life to your living space.

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In fact, a survey by the National Gardening Association showed that houseplant sales in the US have increased 50% to $1.7 billion.

Plants have also become social media stars in the last decade. An article by Bandwith showed that posts for plants rose from 600k in 2010 to 3.7m posts in 2018. 

Facebook’s House Plant Hobbyist group boasts nearly 500k members. Meanwhile, prominent US ‘plant influencers’ like Hilton Carter and Justina Blakeney command 512k and 520k followers, respectively.

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So, if you’re keen to get your fingers green too, here are ten tips to get you started:

1 - Place your garden in an area that you will see every day. If something is out of sight, you will likely forget about it and not spend the necessary time to take care of it.

2 - Pay close attention to where the sunlight hits in your yard and at what times. This will help you choose the best spot for your garden.

3 - Keep in mind that most edible plants, like vegetables, fruits, and herbs, will need at least 6-8 hours of sunlight each day, so choose the location for them wisely.

4 - Plant your garden as close to a water source as possible to avoid too many back-breaking watering can trips.

5 - Not sure how to tell whether your plants desperately need water or not? Push a finger down into the soil (about one inch); if it is dry that far down, it is time to give them a drink.

6 - Spend the money to purchase the best quality soil you can afford.

7 - If space is a concern, consider purchasing a few large pots. Many plants can thrive in this environment so your gardening journey does not have to end due to lack of space.

8 - Choose the right plants for the environment. If your yard does not have a large amount of sun per day, do not choose plants that require all-day sunlight. Some quick research will help you find out which are best for the environment you can give them.

9 - Plan to start your garden at the right time. Starting right before winter hits may not be the best time, for example.

10 - Along with high quality soil and regular watering, help your plants grow big and strong with regular nutrients. Purchasing some top-notch food for your plants will do wonders.

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