Do you consider yourself to have a green thumb? Or do you have an obsession for every thing plants. Taking care of several plants can be challenging especially when having different types of flora which each has a different specific way that it likes to be cared for.
Cyril Sontillano is considered a plant master when it comes to that. Many people decorate their home with a handful of indoor botanicals, however Sontillano who is considered to be the “Plant Daddy” with over 200 different species of house plants. His entire plant collection includes 70 outdoor plants and over 300 indoor plants. But it doesn’t stop there. Sontillano adds a new member to the family almost every week.
Sontillano’s amazing space is an oasis of green ranging from a variety of tropical plants to cacti to ferns. All the potted plants on the floor and walls beautifully decorates his home. There are different shapes and sizes plants.
Some are small plants that are huddled together while others are giant statement-making species which Sontillano spent years cultivating.
The “indoor jungle” interior decor trend is tempting for anyone who loves plants especially in their home. However before you can kick off to start your own indoor jungle, Sontillano has some tips. “I would say that before you jump into caring for plants, there has to be a lot of things to consider. Your time, dedication to the hobby, your resources, and your willingness to enjoy the journey. It wouldn’t be all success, you will also encounter hardships such as your plants struggling during winter, pests, or your home isn’t just conducive for that plant to grow."
"You learn along the way and you just have to enjoy the process. It’s a fun hobby and it gives me a lot of joy and happiness.” Becoming a plant parent also comes with responsibilities and has the same considerations as caring for any other living organism.
“Plants are very responsive to care and even neglect. I personally make time to care for my plants because it is both my passion and hobby. It is so rewarding to see new growth and blooms in your plants, sort of equivalent to seeing your child walk for the first time or graduate from college. Such a bizarre comparison for others but that’s how I feel.”