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A growing following for plant parenting: Meet Ireland's 'plantstagrammers'

It's been having a moment in recent years but now the pandemic has sparked a new boom in plant parenting. Amy O'Connor meets some of the Irish 'plantstagrammers' using social media to build a vibrant online community

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'Plantstagrammer': Catherine O'Sullivan of My Plant Family pictured at home in Cork. Photo: Clare Keogh

'Plantstagrammer': Catherine O'Sullivan of My Plant Family pictured at home in Cork. Photo: Clare Keogh

Loving touch: Catherine O'Sullivan with her plants. Photo: Clare Keogh

Loving touch: Catherine O'Sullivan with her plants. Photo: Clare Keogh

Plants at Nicola Brennan's home in Ashtown. Photo: Frank McGrath

Plants at Nicola Brennan's home in Ashtown. Photo: Frank McGrath

Happy place: Nicola Brennan is immediately cheered by her plants. Photo: Frank McGrath

Happy place: Nicola Brennan is immediately cheered by her plants. Photo: Frank McGrath

Green fingers: Mizan Potgieter and some of her indoor plants

Green fingers: Mizan Potgieter and some of her indoor plants

One of Mizan Potgieter's plants

One of Mizan Potgieter's plants

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'Plantstagrammer': Catherine O'Sullivan of My Plant Family pictured at home in Cork. Photo: Clare Keogh

Have you found yourself walking around a supermarket and popping a small basil plant into your trolley? Or perhaps you've suddenly felt the urge to fill your house with succulents?

If so, you're not alone. Houseplants are having a moment. A recebt study found that indoor potted plants have experienced a resurgence in popularity with sales in recent years, increasing by 26pc between 2011 and 2018. Potted plants in particular had demonstrated "the greatest level of growth" of all products measured. And, more recently, lockdown has caused demand for houseplants to soar.


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