“Flower-sitters” adorn Chinese houses with blossoming makeovers

Holding a plastic water pipe, Liu Yi walked into a spacious greenhouse and watered over 1,000 pots of meticulously arranged flowers. “Many people send their plants here for better care. We classify and place them according to their characteristics and ensure they get proper water, sunshine, and fertilizer, so each plant can grow well,” said Liu, who works as a floral maintenance worker in Hefei City, capital of east China’s Anhui Province.

As Chinese people pursue a higher quality of life, the flower consumption market is becoming increasingly popular, and more people are growing diversified plants at home. This has boosted the demand for “flower-sitters” who can provide maintenance services for plants.

“Taking care of flowers needs professional knowledge, the ‘flower-sitters’ can help people to tend plants more professionally and solve problems. People can contact us via our mobile app for guidance or send the plants directly to us,” said Liu Weimin, chairman of Hefei Meidi Horticulture Co., Ltd., who established a “flower-sitter” team in 2022.

Xiong Anling, 36, who has been cultivating flowers at home for many years, said that her Chinese roses were on the brink of withering due to inadequate care. However, with precise pruning guided by online experts, they were ultimately revived.

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