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Plant Pokemon!

July 30, 2016

It’s safe to say that the early 2000’s are making a comeback. From the Gilmore Girls reboot series coming to Netflix to the reintroduction of crop tops and choker necklaces into the fashion world. One of the latest fads that is giving everyone nostalgia is the new Pokemon Go app! Pokemon Go is a location based reality game that lets you catch, battle, and train virtual Pokemon wherever you go. Our plant (and Pokemon Go) experts have picked out our favorite Pokemon that have an uncanny resemblance to some of our favorite plant picks!

1. Tangela


Looks like:  Monstera

Personality:  Crazy and fun!

2. Oddish


Looks Like:  Snake Plant / Air plant

Personality: Cute and shy

3. Bellsprout 250px-069Bellsprout

Looks Like: Pothos/Philo

Personality: Steadfast

4. Exeggutor


Looks Like: Ponytail Palm

Personality: Moody but fun

5. Ivysaur



Looks Like: Fern

Personality: Any

Browse our selection of Pokemon inspired houseplants on our website!

#PlantsMakePeopleHappy, Interview, Plant History, Plants on TV

The Martian: Q&A with Andy Weir

October 2, 2015
The Martian - All Rights Reserved 20th Century Fox.

The Martian – All Rights Reserved 20th Century Fox.

Without revealing too much of the plot… could you discuss the origins or thoughts behind Mark’s botany background?

Honestly, I needed the main character to be skilled at growing plants. Rather than come up with some implausible backstory where he’s a gardening enthusiast in his spare time, I decided just to make it his profession.

In other interviews you mentioned the wealth of feedback that you received from the science community as well as models that you created to help make specific details as accurate as possible. Were there anything specific insights provided regarding plants, potatoes or bacteria that helped? Would you also care to share any favorite reference or reading material that you used for research?

I didn’t get much feedback about the botany aspects of things. I did get one bit of useful information that turned out to not affect the story. It’s dangerous to farm with human manure, because the plants will often have human pathogens on or inside them from the humans that generated the manure. Thing is, that’s not a problem for Mark, because he’s the only person eating the crops. It’s fine to be exposed to your own pathogens. You’re already immune to them.

As a company that sells indoor plants, we often quote the famous NASA study on air purifying and oxygen producing plants. Since publishing the book and working on the movie has NASA or other space agencies shared any neat space plant programs, studies or opportunities?

Not much, no. To be fair, my main interest is in propulsion and mission architecture stuff, so they tend to focus on that.

Recently astronauts ate the first ever vegetables grown in space. When do you think plant life grown in space will play an important role in sustaining life in space?

It’s absolutely imperative if we ever want to colonize other worlds. And with that (this is just my opinion here) we will need to create GMOs that are able to have a much higher calorie yield per volume. Any space colony will have severe volume constraints. We need plants that can feed a population without requiring millions of square meters to grow.


Plants on TV

Mad Inspiration

June 25, 2013
In honor of Sunday night’s Mad Men season finale – which drew 2.7 million viewers! – we’ve pulled together a plant-focused inspiration board directly from the TV series. Most aspects of the show, including set design, costume design, and props, are highly acclaimed for historical accuracy. Our hats off to Mad Men for getting the houseplants right, too!
Our favorite 60s houseplants: rubber plants, snake plantsphilodendron, and monstera and 60s planters: white or red ceramic pots, terra cotta, and mod ‘bullet’ planters.
(check out AMC’s Mad Men page)