This week marks spring's official beginning, even if the winter temperatures tell a different story. While warmer weather shouldn't be too far away, the latest from Chronicle Books will help you survive those final frigid weeks. Boys with Plants: 50 Boys and the Plants They Love is Scott Cain's Instagram account brought to paper. Cain curated a selection of plant-loving men from around the world to share their best plant tips, plus photos of themselves with their prized possessions. All together, the book serves as a field guide—and source of inspiration—for aspiring plant owners looking to bring more green into their homes.
Below, some a peek at some of the men and their plant-keeping tips.
Blendi, 25, Berlin, Germany Blendi loves all of his plants equally and attributes this love to growing up in a plant-friendly household. His best advice: "Try to understand what your plants need. I only water and put my plants in the sun when I feel they need it."
Emil, 32, Cape Town, South Africa Overwatering used to be a problem for Emil, who often killed his plants (by accident, of course). He's moved on from those dark days and is now the proud plant parent to some of his favorite types, including the peace lily and rubber plant.
Cody, 28, South Pasadena, California, USA Plants need independence, Cody says in Boys with Plants, but they also need love. "I honestly think that if you treat your plants like they are your babies, you will all live a happy life. Love them, hug them, kiss them, miss them..."
Zaki, 25, Singapore "Don't be afraid to place different plants together!" Zaki says. "Mixing them together can bring out the best of their textures and colors.” Zaki likes to match big-leafed plants with finer leafed palms, as well as mixing tropical plants with the arid variety.
Olle, 29, Malm?, Sweden This photographer and plant consultant recommends finding out the real names of your plants. "It's great to know this when searching for tips and care instructions. If you suspect the name from the store is incorrect, try taking a photo of your plant and doing a reverse image search online."
Dabito, 34, Los Angeles, California, USA Dabito loves to pamper his "babies" with baths. "It helps to keep their leaves clean of any dirt that has built up, which can block them from absorbing light."