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Hi there! My name is Charlotte and I’m a Royal Horticulture Society student and rare plant collector, cultivator and seller based in Cambridge, UK.

 

Plants have always featured prominently in my life as grew up in a family of avid gardeners and Cambridge is a very green and beautiful city filled with parks and college gardens. 

This changed when I moved to London for university in 2017 and I exchanged my green landscape for a grey and concrete built environment.

During my time in London, I found myself living in my small bedroom in the run down and dreary student accommodation in Camden and to brighten up my surroundings with greenery, I began to invite the natural world of tropical jungles into my bedroom to create a safe and comfortable environment reminiscent of home. 

 

I only began to discover the rare plant industry in my third year of studies as I was introduced to new and incredibly beautiful plants which I have never seen before, let alone knew existed. My first acquisition was a Philodendron 'Pink Princess' cutting (which I ended up killing within the first month due to having no clue how to care for it) and as my interest quickly began to increase, I began to delve more into the rare side of plants. 

 

Not only did a lot of these rare plants have more unique foliage or textures compared to common houseplants, but the idea of owning plants that were not available on the regular plant market greatly appealed to me and made owning them even more intriguing.

 

As Covid-19 began to appear and affect the world towards the end of my third year and lockdown began, I started to invest all of my attention into collecting species of Syngonium, Monstera and Epipremnum, notably starting with my Syngonium podophyllum albo variegataMonstera 'Thai Constellation' and Epipremnum Pinnatum 'Cebu Blue'. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE BOTANICAL COLLECTOR ETHOS

 

When I first began to collect rare plants as a student and a poor postgrad, I was always on a tight budget with my plant spending. I found that the only was that I could afford my wish list plants was through buying cuttings online as this allowed me to acquire them for a much more affordable price compared to a whole plant. Due to this, I really understand that for a lot of people, buying lots of mature rare plants to collect is simply not a financially viable option, particularity as plant prices have dramatically increased since 2019. 

 

With this in mind, I set up my business with the intention of selling most of my rare plants as well-established and stable single leaf cuttings. I want the incredible rare plant market to be affordable to everyone with a keen interest in the plants, from students to pensioners, no matter your bank balance. Although collecting rare plants will never be cheap, but by offering these incredible plant specimens in their most affordable form I can share my collection with a far greater audience! 

Plant Sourcing and Sustainability

 

As a keen environmentalist, I operate my business with the intention of having as little negative impact on the environment and planet as possible. 

 

All  of my mother plants from trusted sellers within the UK and Europe to minimise the carbon footprint of my rare plants and business and I even travel by bike to post all orders in my nearest parcel box! I send all of my orders with Royal Mail as they are the most environmentally friendly and carbon conscious delivery company due to their BIO-CNG and electric vehicles and since 2005, they have reduced their carbon emissions by nearly a third. Most of my parcels are large letters which enables them to be deliverd on foot too instead of by van, further reducing carbon emissions. 

 

Over 70% of the plants that I currently sell have been propagated and cultivated in my on-site nursery (aka. my apartment) to keep my business sustainable without having to rely upon overseas growers or suppliers. 

 

I make a huge effort to use eco-friendly products to operate my business to make sure that it's operation is not at the expense of our planet. Therefore all of my plant pots and propagation materials are made from recycled plastic or are entirely compostable where possible. 

 

I only use fully recyclable and compostable packaging to ensure that as little plastic as possible to put into landfill and the ocean by my business. Unfortunately, it is impossible to operate on a complete plastic free basis due to the plastic packaging that I receive many of my mother plants in but I reuse these were possible. 

 

Through research and trial, I have discovered that it is possible to sell rare plants in an eco-friendly manner and I really hope to see a reduction in the cheap plastic packaging used by the plant industry in the future to help protect our plant's natural environments for future generations to come.  

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