Hurricane woman shares love of rare and exotic plants with growing business – St George News
ST. GEORGE- When it comes to a passion for seeds and soil, “You are Either you like plants or you don’t,” Kayla Kline, owner of Thrive Indoor Plant told Hurricane.
For Kline, a love of plants led her to start a home-based business that offers everything from rare plants and hassle-free rentals to maintenance.
“I love the connection part,” Kline said. “That’s actually why I started Thrive – I want people to thrive in their lives, to thrive in relationships, that’s so important to me. And we can help you make your plants thrive .
Kline said her love for plants began when she and her husband moved to the East Coast to be closer to their family. Her in-laws loved plants and even had a Hoya – a tropical plant – which had been in the family for generations. The family’s hobby for plants inspired her to learn more, which led her to her own collection of rare plants. When the couple moved to Washington County, she realized there was nowhere to buy rare plants in the area.
“If you like plants, the closest place is California to find something rare,” she said. “Anyway, you have to have it shipped to you if you want something special, so I thought, ‘Why do that when I can just grow them here? “”
While most import mother plants from overseas, Kline said hers are either sourced locally or in the United States. After propagating these mother plants, she now has her own, which each produce additional mother plants. His love for the hobby turned into a business, which officially launched two years ago.
She had to start and stop the business three times due to pregnancy illness with her three children, which she had over a four-year period. Although her husband helps her when he can, she mostly runs the business alone.
“We ride, we ride, do all these expeditions, everything goes crazy and then all of a sudden I get sick pregnant again and I’m dead on the couch and all my plants are dying,” she said. “Then I have to restart…. It was crazy.
Now that she’s completed her family, Kline said she’s excited to propel her factory business forward. While the shop is currently running out of her house in hurricaneher goal is to secure a space where she can do weddings with an on-site greenhouse store.
“I’m so excited to take off from here,” she said. “I hope we’re this big place where people come, shop for their plants, take them home or have them delivered, and really create a sense of community.”
Kline has also started his own Facebook group, the Southern Utah Houseplant Group, which now has nearly 1,000 members. She said the group organizes a variety of events such as plant exchanges and is the first of its kind in the region.
“It’s about joining the plant community and making it all one big happy family,” she said of the band. “All of us here in the plant community are very close, which is fun. It’s something that we really lacked in this area.
Thriving houseplants can be seen in downtown St. George farmers market Saturdays and the following mod market November 12. Their plants are sold at St. George’s Intermountain Regional Hospital Gift Shop, Perks Coffee in Washington, and the Red Canyon Company in Hurricane.
“We’re your all-in-one plant solution, which is what we try to do,” Kline said. “We’re back up and running and we want the community to grow.”
Thrive Indoor Plants offers rare and exotic plants, which are sold locally and shipped nationwide, from Alaska to Hawaii. Rare plants include Alba Monsterawhich ranges from $50 to $100 for a leaf and a node, Florida Beauties, Philodendrons and more. Exotics are very variegated—leaves edged or patterned in a second color—and full plants start at around $700.
In addition to individual plant purchases, the company also offers a variety of services such as rentals, which allow plants to be used for weddings and other special events. Party and wedding favors are available, as well as plants for businesses that want to have plants with hands-off maintenance.
“The lighting/plant/water ratio is the hardest part that people have a real problem with, and that’s why we opened up our maintenance department,” Kline said. “We supply the plants and install them for you. Don’t want to deal with it? It is very good. You don’t have to worry, you just have to enjoy it.”
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