How to Style the Perfect Bouquet with Julie James Floral Design

Image of bridesmaids carrying bouquets from Julie James Floral Design

Hans Christian Andersen once said, “Just living is not enough…one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.” Captured in that phrase is the heart’s flutter that comes from filling your life with flora.

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5 Plants to Propogate as Gifts

Bamboo leaves

I love giving plants as gifts, even when they are misguided. One summer, I had two friends who were both pregnant with similar due dates. The first, Meg, was a free spirit. She had a soft, cozy home and we often talked about our furniture restoration projects. The one, Jess, was a settled-in city girl. She stored clothes in her oven because she didn’t like to cook and enjoyed traveling.

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Grow Your Own Lucky Bamboo

Maybe you bought your bamboo on an impulse walking around an open-air market. Lucky bamboo’s popularity stems from easy maintenance and low-key watering routine. In fact, the plant grows well in difficult environments like offices or dingy apartments. With time, you’ll find that the leaves grow tall and stretch toward the light. With that growth, you can actually propagate your lucky bamboo plant(similar to those crazy romaine lettuce videos).




After the trim, all you need to do is clip off the stem and leave it in water to root. Below are a few more tips for a successful rooting.
1. Use clean scissors. I washed mine, rinsed them in alcohol, and rinsed again in water. This makes sure that both the stem and the main plant don’t get an infection.

2. Strip down some of the lower leaves. There shouldn’t be any submerged leaves. Also, less leaves to support allows the plant to focus on sprouting roots.

3. Keep it away from fresh produce. This goes for all houseplants but, especially new sprouts. They do much better away from that fruit bowl.

With these tips, you can simply slice off a stem and root it in water.

It’s not Actually Bamboo

Did you know that Lucky Bamboo is not actually bamboo? The plant originated in West Africa and continues to grow in popularity in several countries. Because of this, Lucky Bamboo grows best indoors.

In a small space, greenery adds color and life without creating more clutter. In fact, it can put some cute trinkets and containers to better use. For example, a cherished mug or heirloom dish can be repurposed as a planter by simply adding a bamboo stem, water and stones. Personally, I cleaned my own seashell and rock collections to root a few new bamboo stems. For years, I had three little terra cotta pots from my trip to Brazil packed away in a box of keepsakes. Now, they support three fresh, green lucky bamboo plants.

Plants as Gifts

Plants are my favorite gifts, especially as a replacement for celebratory bouquets. I can’t prove that it is a greener or more eco-friendly choice. However, growing your own gifts must cut down on some of the ancillary affects to the environment such as packaging, shipping, and fertilizer run-off. A plant grown from a cutting a a particularly personal present. Grown from a stem in your own home, the gift can symbolize your connection.

While a bundle of roses or peonies are fun, a potted plant won’t die after a week. And with this life, you can actually encourage new life, by propagating them. Lucky bamboo, a commonly gifted plant, is actually easy to propagate once it sprouts a stem. What plants do you have in your home? Tag me –I would love to see photos!

4 Tips to Propagate Jade

First, my cat ripped my jade plant out of the pot. In her defense, I moved it to the sunniest spot in my home for the winter season. Determined to save the plant, I consulted the internet for tips. Although a cat attack isn’t the ideal starting point, I was able to save a lot of the stems and replant them. Below are some lessons I learned in the process.

When my cat attacked my jade plant, I decided to try saving the stems. Now they are starting to root.

1. The soil should be super dry. This is to avoid root rot. As an example, I “replanted” them by just letting them sit on dry perlite for 4 weeks. Then, when the little roots showed, I buried them in the dry perlite.

2. It’s possible without rooting hormone. It’s just significantly slower. Triple the timeline for roots without the rooting hormone.

3. Styrofoam cups will do for rooting. Be sure to punch a lot of holes in the bottom for drainage. I plan on making some cute pots for the plants. However, while I was rooting them, I wasn’t sure how many would survive. Styrofoam cups made a dry spot to root them.

What plants have you been caring for lately?