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Mattie Shuler of Huntington prepares a plant for one of the customers during Small Business Saturday at The Potted Edge on Saturday, November 30, 2019, in Huntington.

When the coronavirus shutdown and quarantine swept over us in March, there was a run on flour, yeast, toilet paper and disinfectant. After a while, the sheltering masses came to see that what they really needed was a houseplant.

"Once people settled into the new normal, while spending most of their time at home, we started seeing a positive trend in live-good sales," Brett Guthrie, chief operating officer at Bell Nursery, a major East Coast grower, tells me via email.

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