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Self Care & Creating Intentional Botanical Spaces Part 2: Where to Source Your Plants While Staying Safe at Home

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If you’re reading this, it most likely means you are curious about how to start your plant care journey. Last week, we shared my favorite beginner-friendly house plant picks. Did you catch that? Well, let’s talk about some great ways you can source and purchase your plants while quarantined at home. 

Feeding your new plant passion is so much easier than you think. Just because we are safely quarantining, does not mean that you cannot get your much needed plant fix.

To help you out, I have compiled a list of Black-owned online and in-store plant nurseries.

Get your fill!

Source Your Plants from these Black-Owned Plant Nurseries 

  1. The Zen Succulent (​online and store): Modern day terrarium and plant craft business based in Durham, North Carolina
  2. Natty Garden (online and store): A plant nursery dedicated to contributing to the culture, through​ positivity and plants based in Brooklyn, New York
  3. Grounded (​ online): Online plant nursery dedicated to helping you disconnect and decompress, in which this shop has a nice selection of plants that are sourced for specific benefits that support tranquility and mindfulness
  4. Planting with P (online): Plant marketplace for houseplants of all kinds, some of which include​ popular succulents, rare philodendrons and more! 
  5. Isha Plants (online): A unique place to purchase houseplants, beginner plant care kits and a blog to read more about how to care for the plants you purchase
  6. Plant + Vessel (online and store): This isn’t a place where you can purchase plants, but you can purchase ceramic planters and homegoods. This black-owned ceramics and pottery studio is based in Austin, TX
  7. Tennessee Tropicals (online and store): Retail nursery and online plant shop that specializes in rare, diverse high-quality plants
  8. My Crazy Plant Life (online): Online marketplace that specializes in rare and exotic house plants and cuttings
  9. Crazy Plant Bae (online): A dope space for plant obsessed folks to purchase plants, merch and to​ gain a wealth of knowledge via their newsletter
  10. Botany (​online and store): Based in Houston, this online plant shop also provides curbside pick up for local residents. Categories of plants that are beginner-friendly, pet-friendly, hardy or rare
  11. Coco and Seed (online): If you are interested in gardening and need a great place to start, Coco and Seed is an awesome resource to get your feet wet and start gardening in your home or your apartment

In addition to this list, my awesome Twitter followers have also provided me with another an extensive list! This one is of plant-centric, black owned companies that you should take some time to follow, research and purchase from!

Check out these Black Owned Plant Centric Companies.  

Along with purchasing from online nurseries, another great way to source plants is through different Etsy shops. The ones that specialize in shipping plant cuttings and starter plants.

Another method of sourcing plants is through Facebook Marketplace. I know, right?  Don’t forget plant enthusiast groups. This is where members send cuttings and rooted plants to fellow members. 

Another way that I have sourced plants and have built genuine friendships is through the creation of a group chat started by my friend Avamarie of AvaEats. Our history started when she told me that she had​ another amazing friend, the sweet Zariel of ZariGee Made That. Zariel loved plants and also wanted to join the group chat.

Months later, we are creating a new brand called, Plant Bae Collective.

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🌱 It’s Sunday—time for another Plant Of The Week! ✨⠀ ⠀ This week we’re focusing on this easy bae, the Peperomia 🌱—we’ll talk about her origin, the MANY different varieties, how to water it, the type of light it needs, the potting medium it prefers, how to propagate it, and how not to kill her!⠀ ⠀ Check out our twitter, link in the bio ☝🏾✨⠀ ⠀ ✨ p.s. #SENDNODES⠀ ⠀ #plantbaecollective #plantbae #plantmom #plantsofinstagram #plantsmakepeoplehappy #houseplants #urbanjungle #plantlover #indoorplants #houseplantclub #plantlife #crazyplantlady #indoorjungle #plantlove #plantparenthood #plantaddict #plantsplantsplants #urbanjunglebloggers #houseplantcommunity #plantgang #houseplant #plantsmakemehappy #plantmami #plantzaddy #plantmuva #peperomia #plantoftheweek #POTW

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This happened after purchasing plants from purge groups, Etsy and swapping plants with one another! 

We are dedicated to collecting plants, knowledge and love to inspire and sprout baes around the world. We want to create plant connections to inspire people to learn their ancestral alignment to plants and the power they inspire within the home.

Please stay connected with us, to know when we officially launch our brand, website and social media handles! 

 

About Chakayla:

Chakayla J. Taylor is a self-taught chef, home gardener and spice enthusiast who uses the healing properties of food and herbs to inspire black people to dig deeper into their ancestral roots and start remembering who they are.

She has also just recently launched a free gardening and houseplants platform on Instagram where she teaches private classes on topics such as how to build a compost pile, houseplant care 101 and sharing her favorite, easy-care plants. 

To connect with Chakayla, follow her on her platforms:

The Power Plate/Spyce Shop: passthepowerplate.com

Twitter: @chakaylajtaylor Instagram: @herurbanoasis (free plant classes)

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