As soon as I step out of the intense Miami heat and into Plant the Future's 2,000-square-foot, white-walled warehouse in industrial Lemon City, I feel calm. Hundreds of miniature cacti and succulents are arranged in containers like so many tiny pastries; staffers quietly install spidery air plants and verdant mosses into sculptural white planters. There are also pots, bags of dirt, spindly branches, and other elements that Paloma Teppa uses for her fantastical large-scale installations at places like the 1 Hotel, the Faena, and Starbucks.
Paloma and her husband, Yair Marcoschamer, moved Plant the Future's operations to the warehouse just eight months ago, but they are already outgrowing the space. The plant business, it would seem, is blooming.