Recently, I responded to an ad on Craigslist offering free spider plants. The poster’s spider plant had been producing out of control and they were over-run with baby starts. As an avid gardener, I’ve been struggling for years trying to fine-tune the art of growing plants from seed, specifically cactus and succulent plants. Plant cuttings are much easier to grow and these ones offered on Craigslist would save us a lot of money in seed starts.
When we arrived to pick up the spider plants, the poster offered us a variety of other plants for free because she was being overrun by plants in her apartment! She said her daughter had gone crazy the year before planting leaves and cuttings since it was so easy.
That’s just the thing-it is so easy! Several exotic plants like Pythos, African Violet, Basil and Jade can be propagated using a simple leaf clipped from the mother plant, never harming it at all. This free and easy ability to share and sprout thousands of identical plants from a few mothers is fueling an incredible network of community-members.
Welcome to Greensharing. The idea of spreading plants and nature to others, forming a chain of species, saving everyone time, money and frustration propagating plants from seed. Sharing this green love not only spreads oxygen, but happiness, inspiration and hope. The new seed starts in my apartment were grown by a different gardener, nourished with different water, breathed different air. They not only diversified the ecosystem in my home, but they added a new energy to me and my plants that is dynamic, active and fluid.
Plants not only provide the precious oxygen we breathe, they also have a number of benefits related directly to increased health, high creativity and productivity and a more positive spirit.
Greensharing is spreading the bounty of nature to those around you so we can all be uplifted and inspired.
Greensharing is nearly free to continue. It’s as simple as curating a plant for a friend or posting an ad for free starts when your plants are too healthy and abundant for your space. And they will be. Share the love, share the green, share the life.
Elizabeth Adan is a Freelance Writer, Publicist and Brand Ambassador. Her blog Aquaberry Bliss is a unique outdoor lifestyle blog dedicated to expanding your world and inspiring your creativity. When Elizabeth isn’t traveling, you’ll find her writing, hiking or gardening. Find Elizabeth at www.elizabethadan.com, on Twitter @stillaporcupine and on LinkedIn.