A Closer Look At “Cardening”


A new trend is taking our front seats by storm: “cardening”!

But what is it, and what has possessed people to take it up?

A cardening revolution

Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, plant lovers have been growing their house plant collections to bring the outdoors in.

The UK’s love of houseplants has been steadily increasing over the past few years. So naturally lockdown was the perfect time to invest in our indoor jungles!

It has been proven that house plants do wonders for our mental health, air purification and general mood. The sense of purpose and achievement felt when a new leaf unfurls from a self-propagated plant is unmatched by little else!

And now people are taking their plant obsession to a whole new place. Their cars!

Some people have displayed their car planting creations on Reddit and Pinterest, with parts of their car filled with soil and an array of plants, while some have taken the more elegant approach of hanging them from delicate macrame hangers or plastic globes.

A garden on the go

Here are some of the best examples the web has to offer, thanks to Bristol Street Motors:

If you do choose to pursue this unusual and potentially messy venture, we have a little advice:

  • keep the plants located somewhere safe, where they cannot easily fall, cause a hindrance to the driver or damage your car!
  • The plants most likely to survive in a car are also the ones that need attended to the least.

Think cacti, succulents, string of pearls, palms and snake plants. These plants rarely need watering and will survive quite happily on their own in a shady spot.

Or, if you delve into the world of air plants, you’ll find an array of plants that suck moisture from the air, and so do not need soil or water in order to survive.

As long as you drive the car occasionally, these hardy little plants can be easily strung up unobtrusively and decoratively.

For more gardening tips from “The People’s Friend”, click here.

Iain McDonald

Iain is Digital Content Editor at the "Friend", making him responsible for managing flow of interesting and entertaining content on the magazine's website and social media channels.