Go outdoors to get your Plant Collectibles!
Plant collectibles may not be a well known hobby but it certainly is popular amongst people interested in nature and the wonder that are plants. Plant collectibles may seem like a simple hobby however, the depth, to which you wish to dwell, is unending. With a huge variety of plants available all over the world, and some more abundantly than others, plant collectibles are probably amongst the easiest objects to collect for hobbyists.
The plant collectibles hobby can be followed in two major ways - collecting live or dead plants. A major science, the study of plants has been a major part of the scientific community for a long time and now, many enthusiasts have taken it up as a hobby without involving most of the scientific aspects.
Plant collectibles, as a hobby, may require quite a few things for e.g. space is one of the most important elements that you will need plenty of, especially if you are looking to keep live plants. Live plants need regular care and space as any plant would. However, the different lies in the way these collectible plants, live or dead, are obtained and displayed.
To collect live plants, all you need are shovels and some pots with access to a lot of earth. For dead plants, you need mounting sticks, glue, boards and some tags, if you are looking to name what you have.
Once you have your kits, you can simply head out to parks, forests, wood lands and begin the search. When picking live collectible plants, remember to dig deep and wide to ensure that you don't break the roots of the plant. When replacing in a new environment, in your home or workspace, remember to be extremely careful when handling the plant, especially in the roots area.
Dead collectible plants are obviously easier to pick however, they need even more care as far as handling is concerned. These plants can snap in an instant so it is absolutely imperative that they are handled with soft hands.
Once you have the dead plants, you need to carefully press them and mount them on a heavy sheet of paper, before tagging them.
Picking the kind of collectible plants, you would want to start collecting, can be based on a number of criteria such as the type of plant, their usage, the place or habitat where they are found, the kind of flower/fruit characteristics that are there, etc. Once you have chosen your criterion, there are a number of books, in any library, that can help you understand these plants and identify them even.
Plant collectibles may not be as popular as philately but it has its own fan following. A hobby that teaches you a lot about nature and evolution, plant collectibles have enough to keep you busy for a lifetime.