Welcome to Sprouts and Stems! Hi, I’m Julie—a nature-loving New Jerseyan who, like many of you, is happiest when surrounded by greenery. I bought my first plant back in college, but it took years before I discovered how much I truly love houseplants.
It’s a common misconception that people who grow beautiful houseplants were born with a green thumb. Not true!
I never had a green thumb naturally, but after killing many plants and learning what works and what doesn’t, I realized that I REALLY loved caring for plants and wanted to learn everything I possibly could.
Green living has always been a core part of who I am (I studied environmental policy in college and people would call me a “hippie”…). Houseplants help me connect to a greener lifestyle and maintain an appreciation for little things.
Now, years after buying that first plant, and a lot of trial and error with other plants, I’m here so that you can learn from my mistakes.
My goal on Sprouts and Stems is to empower you by showing you that being a plant parent is easier than you think. Beginners are welcome here because I want you to know that anyone can care for houseplants—you don’t have to be born with some magical ability!
So if you think you can’t possibly keep a houseplant alive—stop! Whether you’re caring for an entire indoor jungle or struggling with one little plant, you’ve come to the right place 🙂
Regarding comments on my posts: I try my best to reply to comments but unfortunately, I can’t always get to them all—I’m only one person here 🙂 If I can’t reply I will still try to publish your comments so that you can learn from each other, too. Thanks for understanding!
As you can imagine, it’s difficult to accurately diagnose houseplant problems in a short comment. If you ask me about a houseplant problem in a comment, please take my answer as a suggested solution to a possible problem, not a be-all-end-all answer.
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