stone. George – When it comes to passion for seeds and soil, “You are Either you’re vegetative or you’re not,” said Kayla Kline, owner of Hurricane Thrive Indoor Plant.
For Klein, a love of plants led her to start a home-based business that offers everything from rare plants to hassle-free rentals to maintenance.
“I love the connection part,” Klein said. “That’s actually why I make Thrive – I want people to thrive in their lives, through relationships, and that’s very important to me. We can help your plants thrive.”
Klein said her love of plants began when she and her husband moved to the East Coast to be closer to their family.Her in-laws love plants and even have a Hoya – a tropical Plants – Plants that have been passed down from generation to generation. The family’s plant hobby inspired her to learn more, which led to her own collection of rare plants. When the couple moved to Washington County, she realized there was no place to buy rare plants in the area.
“If you’re interested in plants, the closest place to find rare things is California,” she said. “Anyway, if you want something special, you have to ship it, so I thought, ‘Why do this when I can grow them here?'”
While most mother plants are imported from overseas, Klein said her mother plants are either purchased locally or within the United States. After propagating these mother plants, she now has her own mother plants, each producing additional mother plants. Her love of the hobby turned into a business, which was officially launched two years ago.
She had to start and stop the company 3 times due to her three children suffering from pregnancy disease, which she suffered over the course of four years. While her husband helps whenever possible, she runs the business by herself most of the time.
“We’re rolling, we’re rolling, shipping all this stuff, and it’s all going crazy, and then all of a sudden I’m sick and pregnant again, and I’m dead on the couch and all my plants are dead,” she said. “Then I have to start all over again…it’s crazy.”
Now that she’s done with her family, Klein says she’s excited to move her factory business forward. While the store is currently selling out at her hurricane home, her goal is to get a space where she can hold a wedding with the on-site greenhouse store.
“I’m excited to take off from here,” she said. “I hope we’re such a big place where people come here, shop around for their plants, bring them home or have them delivered and really create a sense of community.”
Klein also started her own Facebook group, Southern Utah Indoor Plant Group, has grown to nearly 1,000 members. She said the group hosted events such as a plant exchange and was the first of its kind in the region.
“It’s about joining the plant community and making this one big happy family,” she said of the group. “It’s interesting that all of us in the plant kingdom are very close. It’s something we’re really lacking in this field.”
Thriving houseplants can be seen in St. Petersburg. The George Town Centre Farmers Market on Saturday and the Modern Market coming up in November. 12. Their plants are sold on Intermountain St. George Regional Hospital Gift Shop, Perks Coffee in Washington and Red Canyon Company in Hurricane.
“We’re an all-in-one product for plants, and that’s what we’re trying to do,” Kline said. “We’re back up and running, and we want the community to grow.”
Thrive Indoor Plants offers rare exotic plants that are sold locally and shipped across the country from Alaska to Hawaii. Rare plants include Alba Monstera, with leaves and nodes ranging from $50 to $100, Florida Beauties, Philodendrons, and more. Exotics come in many varieties—leaf with fringes or patterns in a second color—and prices start at about $700 for a whole plant.
In addition to purchasing plants individually, the company also offers various services, such as rentals, which allow plants to be used for weddings and other special events. Offers plant party and wedding favors, as well as plants for businesses looking to have maintenance-free plants.
“The lighting-to-plant-to-water ratio is the hard part where people have real problems, and that’s why we’re opening up the maintenance aspect,” Klein said. “We provide the plants and set them up for you. Don’t want to take care of them? That’s okay. You don’t have to worry, you just enjoy it.”
For more information on Thrive houseplants, visit their website or find them Facebook and Instagram.
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