Plant Cutting Swap!

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We're excited to announce our first cutting swap meet-up! Come join us Saturday, January 21st from 2-4pm at Float in Pasadena, to trade cuttings, meet new plant-minded friends, and even enjoy $1 off a beverage from Float (thanks Float)! 

If you've never swapped cuttings before, here are a few things you should know: 

-Use a sharp knife or shears, taking care not to crush the stem. 

-When taking cuttings of most leafy plants, cut low enough on the stem to leave 3-4 leaf nodes, or sets of leaves, intact. Other plants can be propagated from one leaf, sections of leaves, or simply dividing new plantlets off the mother plant, depending on the plant. 

-Place cuttings in water immediately, or wrap in a wet paper towel and place in a plastic bag. This is not necessary for cuttings that need to callus over, like succulents, cacti, sansevierias, etc.  

-Bring small containers, or plastic bags to the swap, to hold your new cuttings. We'll have water available to fill the containers. 

We'll share more tips for rooting your new cuttings at the swap, and on the blog, so don't worry if you're new to propagating. 

Hope to see you there! 

Field Notes: Williams Conservatory

You can walk past something a million times and never really see it. Growing up in Laramie, Wyoming, and later attending the University of Wyoming there, I probably walked by the Williams Conservatory countless times. And while I occasionally would look at the ever-steamed up windows and wonder what botanical goodness might be beyond them, I never attempted to find out more. 

Thankfully, on a visit to Laramie a few months ago, I looked up the conservatory online and discovered, to my surprise, that it was open to the public. We popped by on a sunny afternoon to explore. 

There's a wildness to this conservatory- like a botanist and a crazy plant lady built a lab together- and I love it. Discovering they even have a few tables, which they welcome students to study at, really had me lamenting my failure to explore during my college days- what a welcome reprieve this place would have been from the often stunningly cold winters in Laramie! 

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Field Notes: Light Lab

Photo by Jeff Mindell for Light Lab

Photo by Jeff Mindell for Light Lab

A big piece of our vision for Folia is working with people to bring the right plants in their homes or businesses- services focused on selecting not just plants that look good in a room, but will also thrive in the conditions there. So, when our friends at Light Lab, a new creative studio/event venue in Atwater Village, asked us to bring in some green life to their space we were eager to get to work! 

Anne, Caroline, and Jayden, who worked with the amazing Sarah Sherman Samuel to design the space, were looking for plants to add life, and make a design impact, but also knew they needed species that were easy to care for. Caroline also had a special request- to find a new tree to give a 'fiddle-leaf-moment' to!  After some deliberation, Ficus Elastica, aka the rubber tree ended up being our top pick for them- as long as the conditions are right, they're fairly easy care and we knew the colors and arching branches would look perfect in the space. Since the space will be used for a variety of events, we also wanted to make sure that there was some flexibility with the trees- since a potted tree can be insanely heavy and awkward to move- so we potted three 6 ft trees in pale terracotta planters, but used rolling plant caddys under the saucers. Now anytime the space needs to be reconfigured, the rubber trees can just be rolled to the right spot!  

In addition to the trees, the other big request from the Light Lab team was to use plants to add some interest to a long drop from the roof of the bathroom, down the wall. We ruled out a full-on living wall, since the watering system was more than they wanted to take on. In lieu of that, we proposed planting a lush selection of trailing vines and some tallers plants in planters with built in saucers- which as they grow will fill in the space on the wall, but offered a lower initial investment, and easier upkeep than a full living wall. We selected Philodendron scandens, Scindapsus pictus, variegated Pothos, Philodendron selloum , and Monstera deliciosa to create a full look with jungle vibes. 

Add a few more smaller potted plants to use around the space, and boom- a little more life for this gorgeous space- and all easy to care for too! We had so much fun working on this project, and we're always open to new plant-design work- just send us an email! 

All photos by Jeff Mindell, used with permission. Design by Sarah Sherman Samuel. Additional styling by Anne Sage

 

 

Field Notes: First Pop Up Shop

Last weekend's pop up shop at the wonderful As Of Now was so much fun! Thank you to everyone who came out, said hello, and took new plant friends home with you. 

As Of Now was a wonderful host and they've invited us back for their Makers Market event this weekend! We'll be in amazing company with handmade vendors like WKNDLA, Chaparral Studio, Funsize Ceramics and a bunch more! It's from 10am-6pm, on Saturday, May 14th at As Of Now. It would be great to see you there! 

Pop Up Shop: As Of Now

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The first Folia Collective pop up shop is officially scheduled- and just in time for Mother's Day! Come say hi, find a plant for your mom (or yourself- we won't tell), and shop all the beautiful goods at As Of Now, in the Arts District!

We'll also have a special discount- buy a planter from As Of Now and get 25% off any plant- we'll even pot it for you! Hope to see you there! 

Plant Scout

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One of my favorite things about Instagram is the way community can form there. I'm guessing most of us have people we've never met in real life, that we've still managed to form friendships with over Instagram, right? And although at first they annoyed me, once I realized the role hashtags could play in building that community, I began to embrace them.

I'd been scheming about a good community hashtag for Folia Collective for a few days when a friend texted me a photo of a plant she thought I'd like to see, and captioned it '#PlantScout'. I couldn't get it out of my head- it felt like the perfect fit. So, with the permission of my friend, today we're officially launching our first community hashtag: #PlantScout! 

Share the plants you find- whether at a shop, in a friend's house, or out in the garden- by tagging them #PlantScout and we'll share our favorites from the feed on our Instagram. We can't wait to see what you're scouting!   

 

Ask The Plants: Zamioculcas zamiifolia

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The Zamioculcas zamiifolia, or ZZ plant (mercifully- the Latin is kind of a tongue twister!) is possibly one of the easiest plants around. It can suffer neglect to the extreme and still pull through. Hardly any light (or only florescent light)? No problem. Forgot to water it for a month and a half? No problem. It even seems to be extra resistant to pests! It's basically the perfect starter plant if you're just getting your feet wet with house plants. 

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Even if you're a house plant pro though, the ZZ has a lot to offer. I love it's graceful curves, and almost fake looking, deep green leaves (they're so shiny!). 

Want to learn more about the ZZ? Head over to my latest Plant-o-Pedia post at The Jungalow, where I break it down. Happy weekend! 

Plant Stuff: Ikea

Photo: Katri Kapanen via stylist A Dada. 

Photo: Katri Kapanen via stylist A Dada

Affordable, stylish planters can be hard to come by- sometimes it feels like we're on a perpetual mission to find some. Thankfully, always affordable IKEA has been killing it with their planters and other plant-related accessories lately...

From the terra cotta planters with extra deep saucers (and drainage- a rarity at IKEA) that they released last year, to their Satsumas line of plant stands that came out earlier this year, the options have been getting better and better. It came as no surprise then, when we spotted their new Anvåndbar collection the other day, which includes these simple and stylish self-watering terra cotta planters, and some very rad macrame hanging planters, among numerous other pretty things. 

What are your favorite spots for affordable, good looking homes for your plants? Leave us a comment- we're always looking for new sources!