They’re easier than pets, a pop of nature in the big city or just plain pretty. Whatever the reason — and there are many — plants have become increasingly popular as part indoor aesthetic, part child-pet mix in recent years. Plant ladies are the new cat ladies, cry the Wall Street Journal and Refinery 29.
And sure, these NYU students might not live on their own just yet, but dorm living isn’t going to stop them from living their plant dreams. In fact, their green children make
The plant bug bit Steinhardt sophomore Maria-Jose Soto in her first year at NYU — prior to coming to the city, she wasn’t all that interested.
“My grandpa was really big into plants, the family usually had a garden and it was super cute,” Soto said, “But I couldn't take care of a plant to save my life.”
In her freshman year, she lived near the Union Square Greenmarket, and bought two succulents, because she figured she couldn’t kill a succulent. From there, it snowballed. Her roommate, CAS sophomore Michelle Xu, also picked up some succulents, and Soto was hooked by the aesthetic. She has four plants she calls her children now, but is saving up for a larger one she wants.
Xu also recently got into plants, finding herself invested after getting those succulents.
“I never thought I would be good at maintaining them, because I always killed them in high school,” Xu said, and continued, “I kept eventually getting more plants and I was surprised at how they're all alive and growing.”
On the other hand, Gallatin junior Mercer Malakoff has always been a little obsessed with plants. Her great grandmother was a florist, and in Dallas, her family had always kept plants before she moved to New York City. She got plants here because she said it was nice to have greenery in her everyday life.
“The first thing I did, even before I moved into my freshman dorm, was I got two plants and moved them on my windowsill,” Malakoff said, continuing, “I cannot go into a store and not be like, I have to get a plant.”
Malakoff has noticed the rise in popularity of plants and plant parents for a while now. She says a few years after she started collecting plants she noticed cacti and plants on everything, from phone cases to posters. Then people would buy and kill the plants, because they didn’t know how to take care of them. Though she welcomes new plant caretakers with open arms, she has a small warning.
“I think it's good that people are getting plants and having them in their homes, I just think it's important to remember that they're alive,” Malakoff said.