In Conversation with a Plant Lover
Susmita Awai is one of our most loyal customers here at I am the Gardener. She has been collecting plants for a little over two decades and her love for plants is still ever-growing! We had the opportunity to sit down and talk about all thing’s plants with her. Let's dive in!
- What sparked your interest in plants?
Well, my love affair with plants started when I visited abroad, Seeing the varieties of plants that they had to offer in their plant nurseries wowed me. I saw a range of beautiful anthuriums, Calatheas, and other varieties that I had never seen back home in Nepal. My interests started to grow more and more from there and guess now I have turned into a crazy plant lady who has a house filled with plants.
- Do you remember the first plant that you bought and what is your favorite plant now?
Orchids! It was love at first sight when I saw that pretty plant. All hail mother nature for creating this beauty. It was a purchase that had to be made right there and then. My current favorite now has to be the ZZ plant. It is an easy-to-care plant that can never do any wrong and has lasted me a very long time. She's a known survivor that can go without needing lots of care. I would recommend it to first timers who are starting with plants.
- What is the plant that you have bought multiple times and can’t get enough of?
It might seem unbelievable, but I have over 100 plants and yes, I can admit that I am a crazy plant mom and I'm not at all ashamed. I would pick Orchids as the answer to this question as well. As corny as it sounds it was the first plant that I ever purchased, and I felt an immediate connection with my orchids. The vibrant colors of this plant and their long stems looked so elegant that I kept on going back to get more varieties of them. I now have over 6 of them in my home and I can’t resist the urge to add more to my collection whenever I see another one!
- Where do most of your plants live?
Most of the plants in my collection are indoors. I gravitate towards indoor plants as I love the feel of the greenery and bright colors in my indoor space. I have a mix of both flowering and green plants and together they bring a positive vibe to my home. Waking up to plants by my side has to be one of the best things and I'm grateful for it. I feel energized and super happy whenever I see my plants.
- Have you made any friendships through your love for plants?
My love for plants has surely helped me gain some true connections that I am grateful for. I have met so many interesting and lovely people that have similar interests and plant crazy like me! There have been many instances with fellow plant lovers like me and that I can feel the immediate connection as we share the same love for plants.
- Where do you get most of your plants from?
This goes without a doubt, my go-to place has to be I am the Gardener. They have the most beautiful collection of plants. From local to imported, they have got it all. It's safe to say that I get 90% of my plants from there. Their quality of plants is impeccable. And I am never disappointed by their service. I always message them about new imports and whenever they arrive, I’m the first one there.
- Do you talk/sing/read to your plants?
Yes, indeed. I love having conversations with my plants. I feel like they are a part of me and hold them close to my heart. I talk to them on a daily basis while I’m taking care of or watering them. I enjoy my time alone with plants and just enjoy having casual conversations sharing my daily activities. I have shared my deepest emotions and secrets and can undoubtedly say that there is a definite unspoken bond and connection we share!
- How do you maintain them all?
I am a frantic researcher. Whenever I see that my plant is not doing well, I'm quick to act and see whatever I can do to fix it. Research and gaining knowledge online or from people I know who are plant experts are the key to keeping my plants healthy and alive. I follow the advice of experts and make sure that my plants have enough nutrition, fertilizer, water, and air. I’m also very careful about where I keep my plants and if they are getting enough sunlight or not. I always do a weekly check-up on my plants to see if they are alive and thriving.
- What plants are you dying to add to your collection?
I have been wanting to add another ZZ plant to my collection. Seeing that it is an easy-care plant and looks beautiful I completely understand the hype for it. I can’t get enough of it so the more the merrier! Also, the trendy Ficus Bambino is the one I'm dying to add to my collection. I saw the Ficus Lyrata in the newest import of I am the Gardener and I can't wait to add it to my plant collection!
- What does gardening/ planting mean/signify to you?
From collecting plants for over two decades, I can safely say that plants have become a part of my life. Besides enhancing the beauty of my surrounding space with their presence they have provided me with freshness, cheerfulness, and a positive distraction from my otherwise busy life. They are one of my daily sources of a happy and healthy life.
Having this conversation with our customer and fellow plant lover has given me a new perspective. I thoroughly enjoyed this conversation with Sushmita Ji. Seeing her love for plants and how her face lit up when talking about them, I could see that her love for plants is immense. Her ability to share her thoughts and emotions with me made me happy. I love knowing that she can fulfill and grow her plant collection with the help of I am the Gardener. It makes me self-assured that I work for a company that fulfills people's plant desires and transforms their wishes into reality.