Gardening with potted plants blooms in popularity during the pandemic

Gardening continues to be one of the main hobbies in the country, but the type of gardening varies in popularity.

Gardening includes landscaping, vegetable or orchard care, lawn and interior gardening. Sometimes perennials are the star; Edible gardening has been the superstar in recent years. An upcoming challenger is potted plants.

Indoor gardening is on the rise, with more and more people adding potted plants to their homes than ever before.

It may be that because people stayed at home and had more time, they needed something to fill that time. Growing houseplants gives you something you have control over, something to care about. Seeing a plant grow or bloom or put on fruit can be exciting. Seeing something you have nurtured thrive can be very satisfying. And potted plants are a way to bring in nature. They can make your living room inviting, and they can fill a void left behind after the Christmas decorations are gone.

Whatever the reason, the popularity of houseplants has increased dramatically in recent years, and it seems that this trend is continuing.

Growing potted plants is not new. Many people can remember their grandmother’s windowsill full of African violets or a mason jar with a philodendron vine draped across the room. Surprisingly, it is the younger generation of millennials who are leading the herd in the new explosion of enthusiasm for indoor gardening.

Market studies suggest that millennials are very concerned about well-being, and there is plenty of research showing the health effects of having plants nearby. Potted plants help clean the air. In 1989, NASA conducted a study that is still relevant today, documenting the benefits of houseplants on indoor air quality. The first study was done on a limited number of plants, but since then researchers have found that many plants remove toxins. Some of the best include philodendron and pothos, Chinese evergreen plants (Aglaonema sp.), Spider or plane plant (Chlorophytum), dracaenas and peace lily (Spathiphyllum).

Photo Luanne Blaylock adjusts screens at Dandelion Home and Garden Store, 2923 Kavanaugh Blvd. (Special to Democrat-Gazette / Janet B. Carson)

Potted plants are available in a wide range of stores from nurseries and garden centers to grocery stores and specialty stores. A new type of construction business opened in 2021 in Little Rock. Dandelion Home and Garden Store in Hillcrest – a combination of plant store and home decor store – is the idea of ​​Susan Veasey and Rachel Morris, partners in business and in life.

The store – at 2923 Kavanaugh Blvd. – is full of plants but also antiques, local art and interior design ideas. The store shows how you can use the plants it sells in a variety of home environments.

While Veasey is more of an interior designer, Morris’ love of potted plants. They moved to Little Rock from Dallas to enjoy a slightly slower pace. They wanted an activity that both meets their needs, but is also of value to society. They found a retail concept that they can both enjoy, where everyone shares their strengths.

Veasey, a full-time nurse at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock, uses her free time to work in-store and decompress from all the stress from the covid unit. Plants can do that – they can offer an escape from some pretty stressful times.

Their company names summarize their ideas. Dandelions are tough, durable plants with deep roots, and although some may think the dandelion is a weed, it produces a beautiful flower, the plants are edible and you can wish for the seed pod – a versatile plant and a versatile activity.

Dandelion offers a wide range of houseplants in a variety of sizes at a variety of price ranges, and for anyone starting out, they offer lots of small plants. Dandelion helps you choose a plant that is right for your home. They will also share cultural information so you understand how to care for the plant.


The same can be said about the home decor lines. Although they have antiques, they also have art, jewelry and a wide range of home products. They are looking for items from small, unique start-ups with interesting products to show off.

In an attempt to mix the two parts of their business, they began to combine their antiques with their plants and turn some of their interior design equipment into creative planting vessels. You can choose one of their planted containers or bring your own container. Dandelion will work with you to create a design using succulents or houseplants that will enhance both containers and plants.


Recently, a customer brought in a designer shoe, and the end result was quite amazing, with an arrangement of “air succulents” that showed off both the plants and the shoe. The store also uses succulents in wedding designs and as favorites for baby and wedding showers – a lasting reminder of a memorable event.

Succulent plants have grown in popularity, and more varieties are available in Arkansas than just the familiar chickens and chickens. Succulents have thick, fleshy leaves. They survive well in dry conditions. Air succulents are something a little different.

Air succulents are a relatively new offer from Holland. Succulent plants would be planted in soil; but these air succulents have had their roots cut off and a callus has formed. They can be grouped in decorative containers, left to sit on a shelf or made into a living wreath.

They are not considered long-lived plants, but they will last longer in humid places such as a bathroom or kitchen. They can absorb moisture from the air. Some growers recommend a light mist of the plants to prolong their life, but any lingering water droplets on the foliage would lead to problems.

Consider air succulents as an alternative to a bouquet of flowers – they will last much longer and are extremely easy to care for.

If you prefer succulents in pots, they also sell them, along with many other potted plants and a varied mix of cacti.


If you are new to gardening, start small and increase your success.

The two most important things that potted plants need to survive are sunlight and water. The biggest killer of potted plants is overwatering, so learn something about what your plant needs to thrive – the need for light and moisture varies with species.

Pothos, Chinese evergreen plants, philodendrons and dracaenas are all good choices to start with.

If you do not succeed at first, try again. Potted plants are much less demanding than a pet, and much cheaper as well. Once you’re done with that, branch out and add to your collection or better yet, share or spread and share with your friends.

If you do not own a potted plant, it’s time to take that train. There are many options out there.

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