Chloe Lim (@lim_chloe), Jardinière à Maison de Hort Couture

Plant Parents of Southeast Asia is an initiative dedicated to celebrating the greener side of life in every plant parent's journey. Because behind every plant parent, is a story of growth. This article covers Chloe Lim who is the owner of Instagram handle, @lim_chloe.
Darren T'ngWed Jul 07 2021

Plant Parents of Southeast Asia: Chloe Lim, Jardinière à Maison de Hort Couture

Plant Parents of Southeast Asia is an initiative dedicated to celebrating the greener side of life in every plant parent's journey. Because behind every plant parent, is a story of growth. Know an inspiring plant parent in Southeast Asia? Nominate a plant parent here.

Chloe (@lim_chloe) is a proud plant jardinière behind the rapidly growing handle, @lim_chloe. You can check out Chloe's plant collection on her Instagram or on Porchbuds. This is her story:

What does this photo mean to you?

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From left to right, Chloe Lim (@lim_chloe), Gan Hong Chew (@philoisland), Edmund Lim (@leafmebroke)

I stepped into the plant community about a year ago not knowing what to expect. Since then, I have met many interesting people from different backgrounds, who have been incredibly helpful in giving me advice on plant care and even on LIFE! I even got to reconnect with an ex-colleague whom I barely got to speak to, during my time at CHANEL. Really grateful for all the friendships forged in this plant community!

Tell us what inspired you to start and continue caring for plants

CL: I was experiencing a difficult time in my life and this newfound hobby has certainly helped me achieve a more optimistic outlook on life. To see them thrive under my care has been fulfilling. You'd be surprised at how plants can make us reflect on our lives in more ways than one and help us acclimate during difficult times!

Tell us about your most memorable plant story

CL: Earlier this year I was determined to get a Philodendron Plowmanii of a decent size. I found one listed on Carousell and rushed down to meet the seller. It looked pretty good in real life until I stuck my hands into the soil mix and out came a bunch of crawlies (all kinds you could think of!) I had to reject the seller as I did not want to bring it back into the car with me. Till now it still gives me the creeps!

What's a misconception about plant parenthood?

CL: "You don't have a green thumb so you can't keep plants alive" I am surprised to hear this among my friends especially in this day and age when we have the internet. Keeping plants alive has nothing to do with a green or black thumb. It is just a matter of equipping yourself with as much knowledge as you can, before bringing a plant home. Youtube has certainly helped me in my plant care journey.

How has plant parenthood changed for you?

CL: In the beginning I was collecting plants that were popular on Instagram. At one point it just became "everyone has it, so I've got to have that too!" But now that has slowly evolved and mellowed a little (lack of space also played a part in this mentality shift). The focus right now is on providing the best care for my existing plants at home and fewer impulse purchases.

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Darren T'ngDarren is the Founder of Porchbuds, a technology-enabled plants and gardening marketplace aiming to make the world a greener place.See More Articles By Darren T'ng