These Plants Were Inspired by Classic Disney Movies

Nathalie Kirby
·4 min read

In honor of Earth Day, Disney+ teamed up with popular plant influencer Christopher Griffin, aka Plant Kween, for a creative collaboration of plants inspired by some of our favorite Disney movies. The partnership celebrates the role many of these "green gurls" (the term Griffin fondly uses for his plant babies) play in the classic movies.

Griffin chose to focus on his favorite films for the collaboration: Coco, The Aristocats, Aladdin and Jungle Book. "I’ve always enjoyed animated films and most of these movies were ones that I adored as a child and still enjoy as an adult," he says.

For Griffin, surrounding himself with plants is an automatic stress reliever. "I've found indoor gardening to be a wonderful way to reduce my own levels of stress and anxiety." And his love of Disney operates in much the same way. "These films allow me an opportunity to take a break and reminisce about those childhood moments."

Ready to start your own indoor garden? Check out Griffin's Disney movie pairings and learn how he takes care of them below:

Photo credit: Courtesy of Plant Kween
Photo credit: Courtesy of Plant Kween

"Ms. Snake Plant would have to be paired with Aladdin. One of my fav scenes is when that power-hungry diva, Jafar, was serving slithering realness magically transforming himself into that snake. That was a scene, gurl. Ms. Snake plant being so resilient, hardy and able to store a good amount of water in her leaves would probably be a cute green gurl for that palace … it’s prob one of the few green gurls that could survive in Agrabah."

Care Tips: "When it comes to the snake plant, over-watering is a common mistake, so always check the soil before you water it to ensure the soil is dry. Although it’s marketed as a low light plant, the snake plant does best in bright light and can do a few hours of direct sun. "

Photo credit: Courtesy of Plant Kween
Photo credit: Courtesy of Plant Kween

"Ms. Staghorn Fern would have to be paired with an oldie but goodie, The Aristocats. A classic cat lady stressed and in search of her dear Duchess and kittens, probably watered her non-toxic and pet-friendly Staghorn fern to calm her nerves. Staghorn ferns are wonderful green gurls for any home with furry 'lil frands prancing about. And we know that cat lady wasn’t about any toxic green gurls in her home with all those cats—I mean, they were in her will, gurl."

Care Tips: "I’ve found that placing this plant in the shower and letting tepid water run over the antler frond and shield frond is the best way to care for this kween. She loves bright filtered light."

Photo credit: Courtesy of Plant Kween
Photo credit: Courtesy of Plant Kween

"The classic Ms. Monstera D. would have to be paired with one of my more recent favorites, Coco. The animators drew inspiration from all over Mexico, and Ms. Monstera is native to the tropical rainforest of southern Mexico. I’m sure if Miguel and Hector, had a moment to enjoy the any viridescent vibes on their way to that shady Ernesto de la Cruz, Ms. Monstera would have been serving lush lewks amongst the greenery."

Care Tips: "These green gurls are resilient and adaptable kweens. Bright, indirect sunlight is this kween’s scene and she thrives best in the 65 - 70ºF temp range. She’s a tropical kween, so she loves her some humidity! Invest in a humidifier, place it near this kween and she’ll be serving lush lewks. Water these kween’s weekly in warmer months and every 2/3 weeks in colder months, allowing the soil to dry out in between waterings. "

Photo credit: Courtesy of Plant Kween
Photo credit: Courtesy of Plant Kween

"Ms. Ficus Benghalensis, also known as the banyan, would have to be paired with one of my favorites, The Jungle Book. The movie takes place in the tropics of India and this particular green gurl is not only native to India’s sultry scene but is also THE national tree of India! I’m quite sure as Mowgli and Baloo were raving about Old Mother Nature’s recipe that brings the bare necessities to life, Ms. Ficus was in the background shimmying her branch to the beat."

Care Tips: "These kweens thrive in a bright warm sultry scene, so give these green gurls a lot of light with a few hours of direct sunlight if you can. Place in a spot that is free of cold drafts and get a humidifier or place in a bright bathroom. "

If these fun pairings have you ready to start gardening, Griffin has an important tip: "Have fun with it all, be curious and be ready to learn. There is no green thumb...it’s all about finding the right plant that matches you as a person and what your space can provide."

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