KC Green Thumb — Pt. 2

By the time you read this article, I am hoping that the sun is shining and it is finally time to celebrate that spring weather in KC! (I think its safe to say, we all deserve to treat ourselves to some new plant life after all we’ve been through, amright?) With this second article, I wanted to share a few insider points from plant-loving-guru Erin Hawkins, as well as showcase some of my favorite ways to display your plants this spring! 

 Plant-guru Erin Hawkins. All photos by Alyssa Broadus

Plant-guru Erin Hawkins. All photos by Alyssa Broadus

Q: What has been your favorite part about gardening so far?

A: My favorite part about gardening so far has been mud caked onto the bottom of my feet. It’s been my sunburnt cheeks and overalls falling off one shoulder and filling my lungs with fresh air. Being surrounded by the plants sounds like such a hopeless romantic thing to say, but that’s how plants make me feel. Every day.

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Q: Could you walk us through how you shop for plants?

A: I try to shop for plants that have the strongest roots. The stronger the root, the bigger the fruit or vegetable and the better the plant will stand and last. I try to buy the flowers that haven’t bud or bloomed yet so they can go through that process in your home in your environment. All plants need a few hours to acclimate to your environment, so remember that when you bring them home.

 Sticks and Stones

Sticks and Stones

Q: For folks that don’t have green thumbs, what would be a few good options of plants to buy for their homes this spring?

A: Succulents are SUCH a fun plant to maintain and grow. They are so very easy to keep growing and alive. They need full sun and a well draining sand mixture soil. Make sure your pot has a hole in the bottom to drain. If it doesn’t, the roots will eventually rot and the plant will die. There is such a variety of cacti out there, so many beautiful ones to choose from. I water mine with a misting water bottle. It only takes a few squirts and it is okay for at least a week or two. A good way to tell when you need to water is when the soil is completely dry and it’s a lighter shade!

 Veak Ceramics

Veak Ceramics

Now that we know a few insiders tricks, on to one of my personal favorite parts: figuring out how to display your new plants! With my recent move, I don’t quite have the space I used to, so it’s been fun to get creative. One fun thing I’ve been experimenting with are air plants! Veak Ceramics & Sticks and Stones from KC both make beautiful options for this. They don’t take up much room, but add such a fun element to your home.

 Convivial Production

Convivial Production

Another local artist I love for showcasing my plants is Convivial Production. They have so many sizes & options to choose from, and their sleek white designs are always a classic choice. The last shop I love to check out is Tyler Kingston, because most pots come with a plant to take home! I’ve had my vintage planter from them for over a year, and the plant it came with is still growing strong. I’m all about the one stop shop!

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Thank you for following along with me in this two part series. I hope this inspires you to go out & shop for greenery with more confidence, and enjoy showcasing your new plants at home!