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Design Advice Q+A // How do I keep my flowers and plants alive longer?

Q: I don't have a green thumb and I'd like to keep my flowers and plants alive longer. Any helpful tips?

A: We value the importance of having plants and flowers in your home because, apart from looking beautiful, they help improve your mental, emotional, and physical well being. Indoor greenery has been scientifically proven to make you happier, reduce stress, enhance your creativity, as well as fight colds and indoor pollutants.

But don't worry; you don't need to be Taylor Tomasi Hill in order to dazzle your space with long lasting florals and plants.  Below are a few tips and ideas we've picked up on how to cultivate your green thumb!

 

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First things first, befriend your local florist to learn what's currently in bloom and to help you make eye-catching arrangements. Ask her/him lots of questions and don't feel intimidated; they'll likely be pleased and welcome your curiosity about their horticultural passion. Our florist instructed us to add 3 tbsp sugar and 2 tbsp vinegar per liter of warm water in order to keep our flowers alive longer. He also suggests trimming each stem so that 3-4 inches are immersed in water, and to cut them at an angle

You know how sometimes all you need is a vodka soda and a spritz of hairspray to go from feeling drab to fab? Well, your flowers are just like you! A splash of vodka, a fourth a cup of soda water, or a spritz of hairspray to the flowers themselves are tried and true ways to give your arrangement a little boost. 

We're also huge fans of an app and delivery service called Bloom That, which hand delivers gorgeous, sophisticated flower arrangements to your door. They currently only service parts of California (LA and San Francisco), but have imminent plans to expand nationwide. 

When it comes to house plants that are easy to care for (require little light and water, and don't attract pests), we suggest looking into the following:

1. Fiddle Leaf Fig (Ficus lyrata)

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2. Mother-in-law's Tongue (Sansevieria trifasciata)

 

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3. Cast Iron Plant (Aspidistra elatior)

4. The beautiful world of succulents!

 

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Designer Spotlight: Chive

While exhibiting at NY Now a couple weeks ago, we came across an elegant and contemporary vase company who celebrates color like we do: Chive. Chive has been around for just over ten years and today, they work with over 6,000 stores around the world to sell their vases. They use a versatile array of media, including glass, plastic, aluminum, porcelain, and ceramic to create dynamic and nature-inspired vessels. Friendly and unpretentious, Chive offers dozens of different vase styles to complement your floral arrangement, be it a single succulent or a bouquet of lush orchids.