Article by Angela Stelmakowich, Growth Op
What’s the next hottest fake plant for the home? U.S.-based Pot Plant is betting that artful, yet artificial, marijuana plants — some complete with lookalike trichomes — could be the next home décor trendsetter.
Farris’ passion for cannabis developed after the plant helped her father deal with his skin cancer, she told BudsFeed.
“Together, we researched, read and learned a ton about the medicinal properties of cannabis,” she said. “I became fascinated with the characteristics of the plant, and I felt the need to educate people about what it had done for my dad,” she said, pointing out “the majority of people in my world at the time were afraid of weed, and I felt passionate about changing that.” Established in 2019, the company strives “to change the way that the world views weed, by normalizing its presence in daily life and by highlighting its aesthetically pleasing qualities,” Farris wrote in an email to Newsweek.
With imitation being the sincerest form of flattery, Farris has said that the potted offerings are purposely “hyperreal.”
Having received compliments about the cannabis plants she used to grow at home, “I thought, if only more people could see the plant in its truest, most natural form, they would see cannabis in a different light,” she told Newsweek.
The reproductions are available in four sizes and priced at US$25 ($31.50) to US$125 ($157.50). The four home décor options include the Teen, the Adult, the Mother or the Clone, according to potplant.shop.
“Have you ever seen a plant that looks remotely as cool as cannabis does?” Farris asked Newsweek. “When the buds flower, they literally glisten because of the oil in them. These are called trichomes, and, yes, Pot Plant has its very own artificial trichomes that sparkle,” she said.
For now, the company is all about starting conversations about the plant and achieving assimilation, Farris said. “Hopefully, Pot Plants will be in the homes of cannabis users and non-users alike, and people won’t bat an eye when it’s on their friends’ coffee table next to their succulent collection,” she added.
For those wanting to keep it real, recent years have witnessed an increase in small-scale growers mainly supplying cannabis to themselves and their friends, perhaps thanks to improved technology and strains suited for indoors, according to The Conversation. This trend has kicked up a notch during COVID-19.
The publication reports that preliminary results from an international survey involving almost 5,000 respondents from 18 countries, including Canada, show that 16 per cent say they only became involved in cannabis growing since the pandemic. Some of the reasons motivating the change included having more time and increased weed prices.