ST. GEORGE – When it comes to a passion for seeds and land, “You are either you’re a plant person or you’re not,” said Kayla Kline, owner of Thrive Indoor Plant in Hurricane.
For Kline, a love of plants led her to start a home-based business that offers everything from rare plants and worry-free rentals to maintenance.
“I love the connecting part,” Kline said. “In fact, that’s why I did Thrive: I want people to thrive in their lives, to thrive with connections, it’s very important to me. And we can help your plants thrive.”
Kline said her love of plants began when she and her husband moved to the East Coast to be closer to 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 of plants inspired her to learn more, leading her to create her own collection of rare plants. When the couple moved to Washington County, she realized there wasn’t a place to buy rare plants in the area.
“If you’re into the plant hobby, the closest place is California to find something rare,” he said. “No matter what, you have to ship it to yourself if you want something special, so I thought, ‘Why do that when I can grow them here?’”
While most of the mother plants are imported from abroad, Kline said hers are purchased locally or within the United States. After propagating these mother plants, he now has his own, each producing additional mother plants. His love for the hobby grew into a business, which was 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 in a four-year period. Although her husband helps out when she can, she runs the business mostly on her own.
“We’re shooting, shooting, doing all these shipments, everything is going crazy and then all of a sudden I get pregnant again and I’m dead on the couch and all my plants die,” she said. “Then I have to restart…. It’s been crazy.
Now that she has completed her family, Kline said she is excited to jump-start her plant’s business. While the store is currently running out of her house in Hurricane, her goal is to secure a space where she can host weddings with a greenhouse store on site.
“I’m so excited to take off from here,” she said. “I hope we can be this great place where people come, buy their plants, take them home or deliver them and really create a sense of community.”
Kline also started his own Facebook group, the Southern Utah Houseplant Group, which has grown to nearly 1,000 members. She said the group does a variety of events, like plant swaps, and it was the first of its kind in the area.
“It’s about joining the plant community and making this one big happy family,” he said of the group. “All of us here in the plant community are very close, which is fun. It’s something that we were really missing in this area.”
Thrive Indoor Plants can be seen at the St. George Downtown Farmers Market on Saturdays and at the next Mod Market on November 12. His plants are sold at the Intermountain St. George Regional Hospital Gift Shop, Perks Coffee in Washington, and Red Canyon Company in Huracán.
“We’re your all-in-one shot for plants, that’s what we’re trying to do,” Kline said. “We are back up and running and we want the community to grow.”
Thrive Indoor Plants offers rare and exotic plants, sold locally and shipped nationwide from Alaska to Hawaii. Rare plants include Alba Monstera, which runs $50-$100 for a leaf and node, Florida Beauties, Philodendrons, and more. The exotic plants are very varied (leaves with borders or prints in a second color) and the complete plants are around $700.
In addition to individual plant purchases, the company also offers a variety of services, such as rentals, that allow plants to be used for weddings and other special events. Wedding and party favors of plants are available, as well as plants for businesses that wish to have maintenance-free plants.
“The relationship between the lighting, the plant, and the water is the hardest part that people have a real problem with, and that’s why we opened up our maintenance side,” Kline said. “We supply the plants and install them for you. Don’t you want to take care of them? It’s okay. You don’t have to worry, just enjoy it.”
For more information on Thrive houseplants, visit their website or find them at Facebook Y Instagram.
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