US (CA): House plants’ popularity blooms in pandemic

As stay-at-home orders kept people indoors for most of 2020, people found themselves looking for hobbies as the COVID-19 pandemic shut down leisure activities. Along with an increase in pet adoption and at-home workout equipment, house plant sales soared as people looked for new ways to keep busy.

Source: Dan Watson/The Signal 

Although it may seem easy to care for plants, different breeds require different care, water and sunlight, said James Green, manager at Green Landscape Nursery in Santa Clarita, which saw a 75% increase of houseplant sales since the start of the pandemic. “We had to constantly be restocking and ordering new plants,” he said, “because they were being sold so quickly.”

“It’s great to collect houseplants because they clean your air and give off oxygen,” Cudmore said. “They’re also good for you mentally because it’s a type of nurturing. During COVID-19, houseplants became very popular and created a lot of communicating and sharing about favorites.”

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