Why Can’t Milennials Grow Plants?

Ever heard the term snowflake generation? Apparently it is yet another term used for millennials, who are also already known as Generation Y, or Gen Y. We are the generation that is wildly generalised as being a softer, less resilient group, taking more offence than previous generations. Yikes!

Now I’m sure we have all heard our fair share of bad press for this generation. Selfish, entitled and lazy. In fact TIME magazine said :

“Millennials got so many participation trophies growing up that a recent study showed that 40% believe they should be promoted every two years, regardless of performance.” 🤔

Although there is no official dates of when this group starts or finishes, generally speaking, Generation Y starts in the early 1980’s and concludes mid to late 1990’s.


The Milennials latest deficiency?  There knowledge of simple flowers and the practices to grow things.

This is a pair of secateurs 😂 Source: The Independant

Believe it or not, 1 in 5 did not know what a garden hose was, and more than 50% didn’t recognise a pair of secateurs.  You only have to look around to see an increase in the number of artificial plants on offer these days. Probably a preventative measure put in place for Gen Y 😂 According to Daily Star 10% of plant owners admit to killing their plants from over watering, and another 17.5% said they had forgotten to water their plants at all. Cactus anyone? 🌵🌵🌵

Milennials were able to identify roses, and sunflowers which are popular favourites however lesser known varieties included daffodils, lavender, marigolds, bougainvillea were a bit of a mystery. I think it’s pretty normal to be clueless if you have no experience in a particular area, or to feel out of your depth when you are trying something new. Gardening is no different. It is essential to get familiar with your tools and understand that things do not always got according to plan when you are learning to look after a living thing.

Glorious Sunflowers

Many factors contribute to the generational lack of skills. Think about it, this is the generation that began life playing in the garden like our predecessors, but had technology introduced pretty early on as ‘the way of the future’. Lifestyles became more sedentary. More time was spent staring at screens than sunsets.  More time spent pounding the keyboard than pounding the pavement. 👩🏼‍💻

Outsourcing has become the norm. More families required both parents to work, so tasks that couldn’t be done within the household were outsourced. Convenience foods became plentiful. Pre-prepared, abundant. More extra curricular activities meant a faster pace to life. Growing something is a slow living activity. 👨🏼‍🌾

Dead indoor plant
Oh no, someone’s forgotten to water the plants. Source; Nursery Live

Is it surprising that we can appreciate the aesthetic and the benefits of living plants but that our lifestyles sometimes prevent us from actually keep them living? 🥀

What is clear is that there is a push for organic produce, understanding and using seasonal produce and reducing plastics. All of this can be better achieved if we all learn how to garden ourselves.

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