Plant Life Balance

Between two Palms with Jenna Holmes aka Plant Mama

Plant whisperer Jenna Holmes, or as you may know her – Plant Mama – shares her advice for aspiring plant parents.

Jenna Holmes is the kind of woman that makes you second guess whether time travel exists. From her flared pants and bell sleeves, to her eclectic eye for living design, one look at her retro style will leave you wondering whether she danced her way straight outta the seventies.

She is the interior plant designer and creative green thumb behind Plant Mama, a Melbourne-based plant styling company that shares an equal love for houseplant culture and disco tunes.  

Plant mama to over 40 leafy babies herself, we sat down with Jenna to dig up the dirt on all her plant parenting secrets and why it’s important to pursue your passion.

What is it about your job that you love?

I love what I do because I am assisting in making someone’s space better with plants. No matter what the job and who the client is, the space is always improved with plants and the energy of the space is always better than it was before. It is also so lovely seeing people become passionate about the jungles that I’ve built, and how they celebrate every plant success.

What’s been your biggest plant “win” over the last year?

Bringing back a bunch of ferns that had been murdered by the sun. A client had purchased them elsewhere and left them in the sun before bringing me onboard, and I took the fully-burnt babies into recovery and brought them back to life.

What advice would you give to aspiring plant parents?

Start off with something that’s an easier variety, master that and then add more varieties into your collection. Pay attention to them – they don’t need loads of time during the week in order to survive – but by looking over them during the week, you will be able to spot any problems and deal with them as they arise, rather than when it’s too late.

What are some good plants for first-time gardeners?

A monstera is always a great addition to start with, they fit most spaces and are a pretty easy going plant. The devils ivy also is an easy-care variety and can handle low-light conditions as well.

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