Benjamin Tan Spent $6K On Plants Last Month, Plays Classical Music For The 100 Plants In His HDB Flat
His days off are spent tending to his mini garden and sipping tea, “like an old man”.
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.