Tuesday, 28 July 2020 21:45

Bored from the quarantine? Become a plant parent!

Written by CDO COVID19 Response Team
Bored from the quarantine? Become a plant parent! Photo by Ebenizer Pedroso through the CDO City Agriculture Office

The quarantine has brought out the inner plantita or plantito in Filipinos. In fact, Gugs Pabon, the owner of online store SucculentsPH based in Manila, reports an increase of as much as twice their normal amount of orders since quarantine started. 

Indoor plants are not the only ones getting the spotlight as growing backyard vegetables is also becoming popular. Aside from allowing families to bond, growing food from the backyard is a great way to save on food expenses. 

Coming close to home, Barangay Bulua in Cagayan de Oro City recently distributed seed starters for those intending to grow various vegetables and other produce. (Check out: tinyurl.com/yxrz6fc2

Whether you will grow plants for practical use in your backyard or for ornamental use indoors, there are a few things you should be reminded of in growing your own plant babies. 

  1. Start small with sturdy plants
    If you are a new plant parent, it is wise to start small with low-maintenance plants. In general, backyard vegetables need keen attention so do research on growing them properly. Ornamental plants, however, have sturdy plants that may thrive even with little attention such as succulents, snake plants, and aloe veras. 
  2. Be mindful of your plants’ needs
    Stick to the basics: water, temperature, and light. Before taking in a new plant, be knowledgeable first about their specific needs. Some plants need constant sunlight while others don’t. Some plants absorb water fast while others only need to be watered at least once a week. Some thrive on cooler places while others need a humid environment. 
  3. Be a doting plant parent
    Make sure to check on your plant always. The key is responsibility. Be responsible to remind yourself to water them, when to take them for the sun, and what to do when they get ‘sick’. It takes effort and patience to be able to make your plants bloom. You may use your phone and set alarms so it is easier for you. 
  4. Have fun!
    Have fun along the way. Paint your pots, name your plants, and feature them on social media. You can even  

It is important to be patient when taking care of your plant babies. After all, nothing beats the pride of seeing your plant bloom flowers or being able to cook your harvests. 

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