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Celeb Green Thumb: Gretchen Fullido

The TV Patrol anchor is a plantita and proud of it! Let's take a peek at her plant babies at home.

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Photography: courtesy of Gretchen Fullido

We’ve seen quite a number of Pinoy celebrities, from Paula Peralejo to Aubrey Miles, take the gardening plunge and become green thumbs. Some of them have even turned their homes into veritable “jungalows” with their massive plant collections!

It seems the latest #Plantita to join the club is TV Patrol anchor and model Gretchen Fullido. In between her coverage of celebrities, events, and the occasional triathlon, she finds the time to tend to her plant babies at home.


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Gretchen admits that she is quite the plant newbie, but it doesn’t show, what with her dedication to this hobby. “My fascination with plants just began at the start of 2018. I got my first ever indoor plant—believe it or not—just last May!” she recalls.


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“Since then, I started adding new plants or what I call my #goalplants that I want to be part of my plant family. My love for plants just keeps on growing every day.”


She is seen here (above) repotting her Monstera Adansonii, which is just one of the dozens of plants in her home.

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READ: Introducing The Latest "It" Plant For Plantitas


Some of the ornamental plant species Gretchen grows are Yucca, Licuala, Monstera Deliciosa and Adansonii, Pachira Aquatica (Money Tree), Sanseveria, Spathiphyllum, Fortune Plant, Dracaena, the air plant Tillandsia, Phalaeonopsis orchid, and Prayer Plant, among others.

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She arranges these in decorative planters and places them in corners near the window, or on her DIY plant console. “Given that I already had so many plants at home, the important thing was how to arrange them properly and what other items to include to put on display.”

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Gretchen also says that aside from gardening being a hobby, making the plants thrive helps her relax. “After my morning prayer and meditation, the first thing I do is check up on my plants, greet them, water them, and see how I can make them grow healthy and happy,” she says. “I do the watering or repotting myself. It’s such a rewarding, relaxing, and therapeutic experience.”

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