Linh Tong transforms her house into a beautiful ‘jungle’ full of 60 different plant species

A woman has transformed her apartment into a beautiful indoor ‘jungle’ after years of filling her space with potted and hanging plants of all shapes and sizes.

Linh Tong from New Zealand bought her first houseplant in mid-2018 to brighten up her home with some greenery.

But her peace lily soon grew into a lush green garden, with more than 70 strong plants making up the decor.

She said her plant sanctuary has brought a lot of joy to her life ever since.

Linh Tong (pictured), from New Zealand, has transformed her apartment into a beautiful indoor ‘jungle’ after years of filling her space with potted and hanging plants of all shapes and sizes

What started as a home decoration, quickly grew into a green collection with 70 plants

What started as a home decoration, quickly grew into a green collection with 70 plants

Planting tips for beginners

Start with a small collection of plants: Find low maintenance plants you like and get used to the plant care routine before you get more

Check the light and humidity conditions in your home: Plants have different living conditions and it is better to choose plants that can thrive in the space you have

To buy a moisture meter: It’s the best investment if you overwater plants like me

Always buy plants in person if you can: If you choose to buy plants or cuttings online, be sure to ask questions about the plant history and view more photos from different angles

Her obsession with plants started three years ago when she and her partner moved into a new house with minimal decor and furnishings.

She started with just two plants – a peace lily and a leafy dumb cane.

Linh, who moved to Wellington from Vietnam in 2013, said at the time she was struggling with some personal things that were taking a “heavy toll” on her mental health.

Taking care of these plants allowed me to distract myself from my depression and stress. I thought if these two plants could make me so happy, I’d like to get more,” she told the Daily Mail Australia.

“When I started collecting plants, it was just a cheap way to furnish my rental apartment.”

As she filled every corner of her house with a new potted plant, she noticed something refreshing and uplifting about her greenery.

‘Plants really do wonders for my mental health. I’m introverted and recharge by spending time alone,” she explains.

‘Caring for plants helps me to slow down, provide time for solitude and quiet contemplation, away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

“I’ve come to appreciate the little things in life, like how a new budding leaf can bring me so much joy or the way the light falling on my plants seems so magical.”

Every Saturday Linh checks all her pot and hanging plants to make sure they are getting enough light, water and nutrition.

Every Saturday Linh checks all her pot and hanging plants to make sure they are getting enough light, water and nutrition.

Her houseplant sanctuary has been a source of great joy in her life ever since

Her houseplant sanctuary has been a source of great joy in her life ever since

Linh now has over 70 plants - including 60 different species - around her home

Linh now has over 70 plants – including 60 different species – around her home

Linh now owns over 60 different plant species around her home.

“I love coming home to my little indoor jungle — it really does feel like my sanctuary where I can slow down, rest and calm my mind after a long stressful day at work,” she said.

“I love to capture my plants dancing in the sunlight, new leaves slowly budding, or every now and then seeing the pretty flowers my plants reward me with.”

Every Saturday Linh checks all her pot and hanging plants to make sure they are getting enough light, water and nutrition.

‘Saturdays are all about plant care, that’s my motto. I work from home two days a week, so I check on them often on those days,” she says.

“I’d do a full round of the house watering the plants, clipping dead leaves, wiping leaves if they’re dusty, and getting rid of pests if there are.

‘In the spring and summer I spent a weekend repotting, chopping and propagating and moving plants.’

She said that plants have helped her slow down and escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life

She said that plants have helped her slow down and escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life

What started as two plants quickly grew into a beautiful plant collection with 70 species

What started as two plants quickly grew into a beautiful plant collection with 70 species

She spends every Saturday watering her plants, removing dust and dead leaves

She spends every Saturday watering her plants, removing dust and dead leaves

Her sanctuary helps her slow down, rest and calm her mind after a long stressful day at work

Her sanctuary helps her slow down, rest and calm her mind after a long stressful day at work

As popular and rare houseplants become more and more expensive, Linh says she only buys the baby varieties or cuttings.

“I think it’s so rewarding to take care of them and watch them grow and fill the space,” she said.

For beginners, Linh said you should always “start small with low-maintenance plants” such as devil’s ivy, mother-in-law’s tongue, or a peace lily.

“Start with a small collection of plants you like and get used to the plant care routine before getting more plants,” she said.

“Buy a moisture meter too – it’s the best investment if you overwater plants like me.”

She said there are things to consider before bringing home a new houseplant, including whether you have a sunny living room or a dimly lit bedroom.

“Do your research on how to care for each species, as well as your place and the environment you live in. Plants have different living conditions and it is better to use plants that can thrive in the space you have,’ said Linh.

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