Plantopedia Extract: The Nurturing Benefits Of Connecting With Plants

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Apr 13, 2022

The process of nurturing life (plant or person) is driven by an innately human desire. The benefits of this connection to plants, in our increasingly urban lives, are not to be overlooked.

For many of us living in inner-city apartments with limited access to greenery, and even for those living in more suburban or rural areas, caring for and tending to plants in our homes is something we should eagerly embrace.

Growing and looking after an indoor garden is rewarding; a therapeutic endeavour that can help foster a better relationship with the natural world.

At a time when negative human impact on the environment has never been more apparent, appreciating the value of nature and how it sustains us is of the utmost importance.

Perhaps this goes some way to explaining the increasing popularity of indoor gardening in recent times.

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Plantopedia by Lauren Camilleri and Sophia Kaplan of Leaf Supply.

Now, more than ever, we need to reassess the way we live and learn how we can tread more lightly on our planet.

Plantopedia is an accessible and modern indoor-plant encyclopedia that helps cultivate this human connection to plants. The book profiles a comprehensive range of foliage plants, succulents and cacti, from readily available varieties to rarer unicorns that will appeal to everyone from novice gardeners to horticultural experts.

It also takes a look at each genus before deep-diving into individual species, to inspire you to either start or expand your own plant collection. All plants are, of course, naturally outdoor organisms, and when we refer to houseplants we are speaking of those that enjoy the conditions provided by being inside our living and working spaces.

Thankfully for us, there are many foliage and succulent varieties that live happily indoors, from aroids, ferns and begonias to Rhipsalis and Euphorbia. When caring for plants, it’s best to try to mimic their natural environment, so it is important to understand where they originate, as well as how they grow in the wild.

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The key to success is to choose plant varieties that are best suited to the specific conditions in your space. Once you know what you’re dealing with, you are in a good position to select species that will thrive.

Plantopedia covers all the essentials: care level, light, water, soil, humidity, propagation, growth habit, positioning and toxicity. It also troubleshoots any plant issues you might come across and discuss common pests and diseases that can invade your collection. Armed with this knowledge, you will be able to manage and understand your plants’ life cycles and their beautiful imperfections.

Up the back, there is a plant care index which makes navigating the plant profiles a breeze and a stunning visual index groups plants based on their care requirements so you can easily pick and choose the right plants for you and the space you live in. Plus a helpful glossary to refer to if there are any terms you’re unsure of as you make your way through the book.

The striking portraits of plants in the book illustrate the myriad shapes, textures, colours and beauty of the indoor plant world. Plantopedia is a comprehensive guide for indoor gardeners of all levels. It will educate and inspire you to nurture your own indoor oasis and perhaps grow your collection.

We encourage you to share your plants with the Leaf Supply community by tagging @leaf_supply and using the hashtag #plantopedia so we can share in your plant pursuits.

Now go forth and garden!


Extracted from Plantopedia by Lauren Camilleri and Sophia Kaplan of Leaf Supply. Published by Smith Street Books, RRP $59.99.

More about Plantopedia

Plantopedia is an epic, 400-page guide to house plants – by Lauren Camilleri and Sophia Kaplan, the brainchildren behind the Sydney-based interior design nursery Leaf Supply.

With their lush foliage, structural beauty and air-purifying qualities, houseplants have the power to transform any room and they help create indoor oases that bring a sense of tranquility to our busy lives.

Lauren Camilleri and Sophia Kaplan – authors of Leaf Supply and Indoor Jungle – present the definitive guide to keeping happy, healthy houseplants in any space. This guide features more than 150 plant profiles for all levels of indoor gardeners, from budding novices to green thumbs and beyond.

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Robyn Foyster is the owner and publisher of the lifestyle websites, and She is the only person to edit and publish Australia's three biggest flagship magazines - The Australian Women's Weekly, Woman's Day and New Idea. Robyn was Group Publisher of Bauer Media's most successful and prestigious magazines including Woman's Day, Good Health, Grazia and ran Hearst in Australia including Harper’s BAZAAR, Cosmopolitan and madison. Voted one of B&T's 30 Most Powerful Women In Media at the Women in Media Awards Robyn was a keynote speaker at Pause 2021, Cebit & J&J Women In Leadership. Robyn was also the winner of the prestigious Magazine Publisher Association’s Editor of the Year award.



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