The newest installment of our Tastemaker series features plant artist, Simon Posch! We came across Simon through his Instagram account, where we were inspired by the gorgeous photos of kokedamas that he has posted. We highly recommend that you give his Instagram page a scroll through for some great plant inspiration! Check out our Q&A with Simon below!
Name: Simon Posch
Location: Innsbruck / Tirol / Austria
Occupation: Student (Biology Bachelor) | Plant artist
Favorite Plant: Moss
Can you share a little background about yourself?
I’m 31 years old, have two kids and an ever increasing love for plants which probably started out with helping my grandfather in the garden. Later on, I had my own little garden for a while but when moving to a flat my interest shifted to houseplants. I started making kokedamas (calling them mooslinge, which is kind of a diminutive of moss in German) to save space and increase air quality in the flat. I was still working my regular office job at that time. But as I was spending most of my free time working with and reading about plants I decided to take a chance and follow a long kept dream to become a botanist and started to study biology.
What’s a secret skill you have?
I am able to find the right plant for every environment or person – and can share my passion for plants, infecting others with it.
What’s the best present you’ve given or received?
This years birthday present for my significant other, I hope.
If your space was on fire what’s the first thing you’d grab to save?
My kids…and maybe one or two orchids 😉
What’s on your to-do list today?
Doing an interview with The Sill :-); caring for my houseplants is a continuous task; a stash of plants that have yet to be kokedamified, and many university exams.
What is your favorite plant and why?
The most difficult question of all. I don’t have one favorite plant. I have a great interest in moss but other than that I have favorite current plants. This time of the year many of my orchids are in bloom. I love orchids. The favorite of the ones I have are my Brassia toscana followed by the Oncidium twinkle. I very much like succulents too and a good Monstera deliciosa of course, well and Staghorn ferns and on and on.
Do you have a green thumb?
I’d say so yes! The trick being, I try to only deal with plants that suit my environment. Which leads me to the next question.
Any plant tips you can share?
Choose plants that work well at your place. Cut your losses. If a plant isn’t working for you, get rid of it and try another one. Don’t waste your love, time and energy on plants that just won’t do. And don’t start out with tiny delicate seedlings or cuttings, but get a well sized plant to start with.
What tops your houseplant wish list?
Find out more about Simon by visiting his social media pages:
(All the photos above were taken by Kathleen John – kathleenjohn.de )