A woman has transformed her apartment into a stunning indoor ‘jungle’ after years of filling her space with potted and hanging plants of all shapes and sizes.
Linh Tong, from New Zealand, bought her first houseplant in mid-2018 so she could brighten up her home with some greenery.
But her peace lily quickly grew into a lush green garden, with more than 70 strong plants becoming a part of the décor.
She said her plant sanctuary has since brought great joy into her life.
Linh Tong (picture), from New Zealand, has transformed her apartment into a stunning indoor ‘jungle’ after years of filling her space with potted and hanging plants of all shapes and sizes
What started as a home décor quickly spiralled into a greenery collection with 70 plants
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Her obsession with plants started three years ago when she and her partner moved into a new home with minimal décor and furniture.
She started with just two plants – a peace lily and a leafy dumb cane.
At the time, Linh, who moved from Vietnam to Wellington in 2013, said she was struggling with some personal things that took a ‘heavy toll’ on her mental health.
‘Caring for these plants helped distract myself from my depression and stress. I thought if these two plants could make me this happy, I wanted to get more,’ she told Daily Mail Australia.
‘When I first started collecting plants, it was just an inexpensive way to decorate my rental apartment.’
As she filled every corner of her home with a new potted plant, she noticed something refreshing and uplifting about her greenery.
‘Plants really do wonders for my mental health. I’m an introvert and recharge by spending time on my own,’ she explained.
‘Caring for plants helps me slow down, offer time for solitude and quiet contemplation away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
‘I learned to appreciate the little things in life like how a new leaf unfurling could bring so much joy to me or the way the light casting on my plants seems so magical.’
Every Saturday, Linh said she checks all of her potted and hanging plants to ensure they are getting enough light, water and nutrition
Her indoor plant sanctuary has since brought a source of great joy into her life
Linh now has owns more than 70 plants – including 60 different species – around her home
Linh now owns has more than 60 different plant species around her home.
‘I absolutely love coming home to my little indoor jungle – it truly feels like my sanctuary where I can slow down, rest and calm my mind after a long stressful day at work,’ she said.
‘I love capturing my plants dancing in the sunlight, new leaves unfurling slowly, or every now and then I get to see the pretty blooms my plants reward me with.’
Every Saturday, Linh said she checks all of her potted and hanging plants to ensure they are getting enough light, water and nutrition.
‘Saturdays are for plant care – that’s my motto. I work from home two days a week so I often do a quick check on them on those days,’ she said.
‘I would do a full round around the house to water the plants, trim dead leaves, wipe leaves if they’re dusty, and get rid of pests if there’s any.
‘In spring and summer, I would dedicate a weekend to re-potting, chopping and propagating, and moving plants around.’
She said plants have helped her slow down and escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life
What started as two plants quickly spiralled into a stunning plant collection with 70 varieties
She spends every Saturday watering her plants, removing dust and dead leaves
Her sanctuary helps her slow down, rest and calm her mind after a long stressful day at work
As popular and rare houseplants become increasingly expensive, Linh said she only buys the baby varieties or cuttings.
‘I find it so rewarding tending to them and watching them grow and fill out the space,’ she said.
For beginners, Linh said you should always ‘start small with low maintenance plants’ like devil’s ivy, mother-in-law’s tongue or a peace lily.
‘Start with a small collection of plants that you like and get used to the plant care routine first before you get more plants,’ she said.
‘Also get a moisture metre – it’s the best investment if you overwater plants like me.’
She said there are things to consider before bringing home a new houseplant – including whether you have a sunny living room or a low-light bedroom.
‘Do your research on how to care for each species, as well as your place and the environment you live in. Plants have different living conditions and it’s better to go with plants that can thrive in the space that you have,’ Linh said.