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Caring for Cuttings

Whether you're joining us at a Cutting Swap and you're not sure what's next, or you're just not sure what to do with that cutting your friend gave you, we've got a few tips to ensure propagation success. 

Pruning

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

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

-After making your cut, 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.  

Once you have your cuttings ready to propagate in water, you'll need to give them a little care to keep them happy and healthy.

Water Propagation

-Start with a clean vessel, amber (or other dark glass) is helpful since the water will stay algae free longer with protection from light. If you're using clear glass, you'll just need to change the water more frequently. 

-Remove any leaves that will be below the water level once the vessel is filled. Leaves will decompose in the water and affect the health of the cutting. 

-Keep the water in your propagation vessels clean. Changing the water about once a week is usually best. In warm months, you'll also need to top off the water often since evaporation will affect the water level more.

Over time the roots of your cuttings will start to look much more robust, once you have good, hearty roots about 2 inches in length (often after 1-4 months, depending on the plant), you're ready to pot your cutting! 

Potting

-Start with an appropriately sized pot- giving a newly rooted plant too much soil (and therefore too much water to use) will lead to root rot and/or a stressed plant. The pot should be just slightly bigger than the space the roots take up. 

-Add water to some potting soil (or growing medium of your choice) until the soil feels moist, but not soggy. 

-Add enough moistened potting soil to pot to raise the root ball to about 1 inch below the top of the pot.

-Fill in the space around the roots with more moistened soil. Lightly press the soil down to ensure the roots are fully surrounded by soil. 

-If your cutting has grown a lot while rooting, you may want to prune again to encourage the plant to branch out. You can use those cuttings to begin the process again. 

-Place your newly potted plant in a spot where it will get light, humidity, etc appropriate for the particular type of plant. 

Propagation is not only a great way to grow or share your plant collection, it also gives an opportunity for much needed pruning of your older plants. You'll be rewarded with both new growth of your older plants, and new plants to pot back into thinning plants, share with friends, or just expand your plant family with. 

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PAPER JUNGLE PHOTO BACKDROP W/ FLIPBOOTH!

A little over a year ago, as we began remodeling the shop space, we decided to do something a little crazy- instead of just covering the windows in plain paper, why not give passers by something to look at, and a little taste of what was to come? We spent days cutting out paper leaves and created a window covering that definitely got people talking, so when it came time to take it down, it seemed a shame to recycle it, so we set it aside to use later. As prep for our birthday celebration began, a photo booth using all those paper leaves was at the top of our list and Flipbooth seemed like the perfect partner to bring the photo booth fun!  

PAPER JUNGLE FLIPBOOTH BACKDROP DIY

Supplies:

Step One

Print out and trace leaf shapes (download below) onto paperboard/cardstock. For the large 'fern' leaf, piece together the two pages when tracing onto the paperboard. Cut templates out. 

Step Two

Use the new templates to trace leaves onto the construction paper, arranging the templates to get the maximum number of leaves from each piece. To make an 8' wide backdrop like we did, you'll need around 100 leaves. We used the large scraps of paper leftover to make improvised smaller leaves and created a few, more intricate larger leaves using entire sheets of paper (which were too large to scan for the leaf shape download).  

Step Three

Add detail to the leaves. Use the white paint pen to create the 'veins' on the Alocasia shaped leaves. Take an Exacto knife and cut out a few holes in the Monstera leaves. Fold some of the leaves strategically to add dimension. 



Step Four

Once all the leaves are cut out (this may take several days), you're ready to apply them to the backdrop paper. On a large flat surface, roll out a portion of the paper roll. Arrange the leaves until you're happy with the placement. Try to vary the colors and shapes of leaves that are directly adjacent to each other and place larger leaves strategically so they're sprinkled throughout the entire backdrop, particularly the section that will be in frame in the photos. 

If you're making an 8' wide backdrop, place leaves near the right edge on one roll of paper and leave a 4" wide space on the left edge of the other roll of paper. This will allow you to attach the two sections to each other when you're ready to set the backdrop up. 

Step Five

Once you have the leaves where you want them, start using small tape loops to tape down one leaf at a time in order to maintain the placement you laid out. As you work, check to make sure every leaf has been taped down. 

Set aside a handful of leaves (10-15) to use to cover the seam when you attach the two rolls of paper to the wall or backdrop stand at your event.

Continue steps four and five until you've covered about 6 feet of length on each roll of paper. Carefully roll the paper back up, loosely, if you need to transport the backdrop. 

Step Six

When you're ready to set the backdrop up, attach the top of the first roll to your backdrop stand or to the wall. Attach the second roll, making sure to overlap the edges so the leaf edge is on the top. If using a backdrop stand, create a tape seam down the back of the two pieces. If attaching to a wall, use large tape loops to tape the top piece down to the bottom. 

Once the two sections are attached to each other, use the leaves you set aside to fill in any gaps. If you're using fresh leaves to accent the paper ones, attach them using the t-pins (use the pin to create a 'stitch'). 

Set out any extra fresh leaves as props for the Flipbooth and have fun!

In addition to photo strips and social media sharing, Flipbooth specializes in creating Flipbooks from short videos to give your guests an extra fun memento from your event! They even printed our custom graphic, with the event hashtag, on the photo strips. Head to their site to find out more about how Flipbooth works, and what they can bring to your event. Everyone at the party had such a great time hamming it up in the booth and we had so much fun seeing our Paper Jungle come back to life! 

Free downloadable leaf templates are for personal use only. Link expires  Copyright 2018 Folia Collective. This post is a partnership for trade with Flipbooth. All opinions are our own. 

 

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PLANT PRINTS WITH PARABO PRESS

As you may have seen on Instagram, we teamed up with Parabo Press for a giveaway! The winner was announced on Instagram this morning, but if you didn't win, don't be sad- we've got a little giveaway for everyone! 

Parabo Press has offered our readers 40% off any Fine Art Print order, and we're giving you two of Danae's botanical photos to choose from to download and print at Parabo!  

Once you've downloaded your photo of choice, head over to Parabo Press to turn it into a Fine Art Print! We printed the Monstera photo as a 12x17 and used their Wood Poster Rails to make it easy to hang the print! Use code FOLIA for 40% off your Fine Art Print order, through May 15th. Happy printing! 

Free downloadable photos are for personal use only. Download link expires June 1st, 2018. Copyright 2018 Danae Horst. This post is an unpaid partnership with Parabo Press. All opinions are our own.

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BIRTHDAY WEEK WRAP UP!

Last week we celebrated one year since opening the brick & mortar shop and we really did it up! From kicking things off with a party in the Arcade, to a week of promos to thank all of our customers, and finally a morning of volunteering at the Hahamongna Native Plant Nursery in honor of Earth Day- it was a full and amazing week!

When we first opened, we had planned to throw a 'grand opening' party but the shop got busy so fast that we never had a chance! So, our little Birthday shindig gave us a chance to properly thank everyone who helped us get the shop open, and our most loyal customers; as well as have a little fun celebrating this milestone!  

After that big night, we launched into a whole week of customer appreciation specials, including a very exciting addition to our plant line-up: Pilea peperomioides! 

After the madness that these little cuties brought our way though, it was nice to end the week giving back- at our Earth Day volunteer event. 

We learned so much at Hahamongna Native Plant Nursery- both about native plants and the work the nursery is doing with the Arroyo Seco Foundation to restore and preserve the Arroyo Seco watershed. A big thanks to our host, Tim, and to those of you who came out to help! (If you're in the area, be sure to stop by for their native plant sale on Sunday, April 29th). 

All told, it was a wonderful week and we're grateful for everyone who joined us for the various festivities! Here's to another amazing year! 

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Plant Cutting Swap!

It took us a bit longer than we hoped, but our second Cutting Swap is almost here! Come join us Saturday, November 18th in the Arcade outside the shop to trade cuttings and meet new plant-minded friends.

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! 

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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

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! 

 

AnneCaroline, 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 hederaceum, Scindapsus pictus, Epipremnum aureum, 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

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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 WKNDLAChaparral StudioFunsize 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! 

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Pop Up Shop: As of Now

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! 

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Plant Scout

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!   

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