Plant Whisperers: Hanneke Vermeirssen
Updated: Sep 4, 2019
Plant Whisperers is our blog section where, each month, we interview true Pilea lovers and plant enthusiasts all around the world!
This month we met Hanneke from @huisje.plantje.beestje. She is a lovely plant lady from The Netherlands who managed to fill her tiny home with more than 100 plants!
How did your love story with plants begin?
My first plant was a cutting from my mom's Lipstick Plant. I remember receiving it about 5 years ago and completely ignoring it.
Then, 2 years ago, my nephew and his boss had a lot of plants, and they gave me a few cuttings. That's when my love for plants started. I realized how much I enjoyed taking care of those babies and watch them grow. I turned into a very proud plant mom!
Oh, and in case you were wondering, now I take good care of that first Lipstick plant cutting! It has become full of flowers.
What's the best thing about living with houseplants?
I enjoy living with plants so much! I love to take care of them, give them water, see them growing. When a plant grows a lot or starts blooming, it's the best feeling! I also really enjoy taking pictures of my plant family.
How many plants do you have at the moment?
I have about 100 plants, and I believe I live in one of the tiniest houses in the city. Even if I don't have any space left, I keep buying or receiving plants.
Since I don't have much room for plants on the floor, I have become a big fan of trailing plants.
I have the habit of checking if my plants have pests very often. And I am used to giving them water on the same day every week. It's a great ritual!
What's your experience with Pilea Peperomioides?
It's one of my oldest plants! I'm a big fan of Pilea. I think I've shared the babies with at least 50 people.
That's why I like it so much: you can share it with everyone. Sharing is caring!
I noticed that, during the winter, my Pilea plants struggle a bit, and they drop some leaves. I would say that's not a problem: don't panic if that happens to you too!
You have a cat.
How's living with a pet and plants in the same place?
My cat, Poekje, is the best!
Luckily she has no interest in eating my plants.
Even better: she loves to pose next to them!
Do you have any plants on your wishlist right now?
I am always hunting for Hoya plants, but they are hard to find here in The Netherlands.
Maybe that's better, because, you know, I clearly have a space problem!
Thank you for sharing your story, Hanneke!
Do not forget to follow her beautiful plant gallery on Instagram. Her profile is @huisje.plantje.beestje.
Let's keep spreading the love and the fun!