The rise of plant parents: Why Singaporeans are naming their plants and keeping them in air-con rooms

Copywriter Namita Kinjawadekar names each of her 60 plants and talks to them, asking them how they are doing or questioning why they are not growing fast enough. ST PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR
Hobbyist David Mong with his plants. ST PHOTO: VENESSA LEE
Mr Abdul Kareem Nizam and a team of volunteer gardeners at work at the Al-Mawaddah Mosque. ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG
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SINGAPORE - George and Regina are the names of the hibiscus plants, while the petunia, with its masses of princess-pink flowers, is called Leia after the Star Wars royal.

Copywriter Namita Kinjawadekar, 31, names each of her 60 plants, which are mostly arrayed in the balcony of her executive condominium in Yishun.

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