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What to Buy to Look Like: A Plantfluencer

Photo: Courtesy of Darryl Cheng.

Status can be a funny thing. Of course it is most obviously expressed through shiny hardware and easily recognizable logos, but it gets far more interesting when you start to observe the more subtle signals — the way you tuck your shirt, or what you eat for breakfast, or your particular brand of notebook can mark you as in or out. And of course, what counts as a status item varies wildly across human tribes. In our series, Insider Goods, we’re talking to members of different tribes (some with their real names, some anonymously) to learn about the niche status items among art-gallery assistants, Broadway actors, or ballerinas.

Today, we hear from Darryl Cheng — the Canadian “plantfluencer” behind the House Plant Journal, who recently penned a book called New Plant Parent: Learn the Ways of Plant Parenthood — on the light meter, grow lights, and planters that are popular among serious plant enthusiasts.

Felco is well-known for being the fine pruners. When you’re dealing with houseplants, you don’t need to deal with something that will chop through an inch-thick branch. The good thing about the Falco brand is that it’s the kind of tool that you can buy for life because they sell the replacement parts of all their tools, and they also have instructions on how to sharpen blades. It’s maybe the lost art of the long-lasting tool.