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If you follow Mediacorp actor Benjamin Tan on Instagram, you’d know the 28-year-old is gaga about plants. He frequently shares updates about his green “babies” and even has an Instagram account @plantdadbt where he documents his home gardening journey.

It’s no pandemic hobby. He’s been honing his green fingers for several years after he was influenced by his plant-loving dad. It started with the occasional IKEA houseplant to beautify his home, then turned into an obsession after a trip to a nursery two-and-a-half years ago.

“I was blown away,” the actor-host tells 8days.sg. “There are so many more species out there that I have not seen or heard of before and I [discovered] a whole new world of gardening.”

His first “expensive” plant, a unique Philodendron Pink Princess, set him back $250, and even then, it took him a while to take the plunge.

“I bought it in January this year. I was afraid I’d kill it, so I made sure I have steady green fingers before venturing into pricier plants. I also felt [a few hundred dollars] was a bit too much. Who spends so much on plants?” muses Benjamin.

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