A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – September 13, 2021 – Darryl Cheng on Light for Houseplants

The days are getting shorter, and in my Northern garden, they’re growing cooler, too. I know my houseplants will be screaming soon to come back inside, and then screaming all winter about the less-than-ideal conditions I’m offering, and how they’d like me to do better, please.

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Darryl Cheng does better, using all the technical insights he can to make more than 100 houseplants feel at home in his Toronto condominium. But he also accepts that his place is not a conservatory or commercial greenhouse. It’s not perfect. 

Darryl Cheng is better known on Instagram as @houseplantjournal, and as one of his 620,000 followers, I can say I enjoy being treated to his frequent posts, showing off his latest insights from ambitiously growing a condo-full of diverse houseplants. He began sharing his earliest houseplant adventures on Tumblr in 2013, and has grown his audience and more, more, more houseplants exponentially ever since. He’s the author of the book “The New Plant Parent,” and creates the popular website, houseplantjournal.com.


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