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Can’t Grow a Cactus in Your Home? Try ‘Cardening’

A bouquet of flowers in a car.
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You might be skeptical of plant and gardening trends, but social media never lies. (Okay, it does, but not about this.) While houseplants took over in 2020, something called cardening is trending in 2021.

Cardening is exactly what it sounds like: growing plants in your car. No, you don’t have to turn your backseat into a raised bed or say goodbye forever to your cup holders. It’s a bit subtler than that.

Basically, it’s just putting a succulent or cactus on your dashboard or transitioning your glove compartment into a home for living things. Given their love of sunlight and heat, succulents and cacti are great options for your carden.

If you want to try this, though, there are a few things to consider. First, make sure you won’t be blocking any mirrors or windows—you don’t want to create any blindspots with your plants.

Second, there’s bound to be a nice, earthy, soil smell permeating your car after you add your plants.

Finally, do you actually want plants in your car?

According to Real Homes, cardening isn’t new, so if you post your new in-car succulent on Instagram, it’s not the most original content. The idea of crafting gardens in vehicles came from Japan, where entire truck beds have been converted into gorgeous portable gardens.

Of course, if this all just sounds silly to you, sticking with something more tried-and-true, like an herb garden, will probably suit you just fine.

[Via Real Homes]

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