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Creating an Indoor Cactus Garden

April 5, 2017
Creating an Indoor Cactus Garden | A Better Florist

Living in a concrete jungle can make you yearn for the lush outdoors. This is why more and more city dwellers are blooming their home by putting aside some space for flowers and plants. Fortunately, the cactus exists for those of us not blessed with a green thumb.

In the plant world, the cactus is your low-maintenance friend. It thrives despite a lack of attention, unlike most flowering plants. They can also withstand a lot of heat, which is great in a city like Singapore where it’s practically summer all year round.

To create your very own cactus garden, here are a few simple steps you can follow.

Materials Needed

  • Cacti and succulents
  • Pots and containers
  • Rubber gloves
  • Garden trowel
  • Soil or cactus mix
  • Sprinkler or mister
  • Stones and ornaments (optional)

A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating a Cactus Garden

Once you’ve gathered your materials, it’s time to get down and dirty. Got your gardening gloves on? Let’s go!

1. Place soil inside the pots of containers.

While glass bowls and ceramic containers can be used for potting cacti, gardening experts recommend terracotta clay pots because they can dry out the soil faster and promote oxygen exchange. (You can even buy cute vertical planters from Etsy if you don’t have a lot of flat space available in your apartment.)

Add a layer of soil about two-thirds of the way inside the pot. Some people like to mix soil with gravel or sand, but normal soil from your backyard is a-okay. Ideally, the soil should be a bit loose to mimic the normal dry environment of cacti. Alternatively, you can buy cactus mix from DIY or home improvement shops.

2. Place the cactus or succulents inside the pots.

Apart from cacti, consider buying a few other varieties of succulents to add different textures to your cactus garden. Some succulents from shops or florists already come potted, so you can keep them in those containers or transfer them to your preferred pot.  

Using your trowel, gently take the cactus out of its container and transfer it to your preferred pot. Be careful not to cut off the roots as that could affect the growth of your cactus. Add enough soil to completely cover the roots. The cactus can still grow, so make sure the pots you choose give them just a little bit of extra room. For bigger planters, you can arrange several succulents in it to maximise the space.

3. Add ornaments and arrange the pots and containers in a pleasing pattern.

If you’re a minimalist, the pots and plants are decorative enough for a garden. But if you want a pop of colour or character, you can add interesting rocks, shells or ornaments to suit your taste.

Final note: Try not to smother your succulents. As mentioned, they don’t need a lot of upkeep, so you can water them every other day—just enough to keep the soil moist.

There you have it! Three easy steps for your very own patch of Zen and green.

If you need any more ideas, check out A Better Florist’s the Hayden for succulents set in a beautiful reclaimed wooden box topped with some pebbles for that extra flair.

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Blooming your house – Made easier with Floral Subscription

March 8, 2017
Blooming your house – Made easier with Floral Subscription

Interior design doesn’t have to be boring. A great way to make a home more warm and inviting is to incorporate a bit of greenery into the design. Fresh flowers and succulents not only help brighten up a space, they also help filter the air. So they’re pleasing to both the eyes and the lungs.

Maintaining gardens and potted plants are the traditional ways of incorporating flora in the home. However, the rise of the apartment complex and condo-living provides little in the way of space. Most city dwellers do not have a backyard, let alone a garden. This is why designers and architects are bringing the outdoors indoors to make a space breathe and make it less claustrophobic. It also helps to remind dwellers of the natural world in an increasingly tech-saturated and artificial environment.

The good news is, the proliferation of online florists in Singapore have made blooming your house even easier through catering to all your floral needs.

Which rooms should you bloom?

Any room can be bloomed but, as with everything, you need to practice the art of restraint.

The kitchen is a natural choice for incorporating plants and florals. If you like to cook, you can maintain a little vertical garden for herbs and spices to add some fresh ingredients to your dishes. Fresh cut flowers can also go into your kitchen counter and dining table to encourage a healthy appetite among your fellow inhabitants.

The living room is also a prime location for flowers and succulents. Since we entertain guests in this area, flowers can be a great accessory to complement the overall aesthetic of your home. White lilies are classic choices for shared spaces. They’re elegant and sophisticated without being intimidating. They also go well with any interior. Aromatic flowers like lavender and jasmine can be incorporated to perfume your living room. Meanwhile, daisies and sunflowers are perfect for bright interiors, especially during summer, for a lively and welcoming vibe. Sunflowers also work well in kitchens for a sunny disposition—mornings, afternoons and evenings.

Bathrooms are tricky because they don’t have a lot of light and are usually high in humidity. As such, orchids and aloe vera are the usual suspects for this area. They’re hardy and actually don’t need a lot of sun to thrive. Aloe vera also has a lot of uses, including treatment of minor burns and acts as moisturiser, so it also has practical use beyond the aesthetic aspect.

Taking care of your blooms

The adjectives delicate and fragile are associated with flowers for a good reason. Once they’ve been picked, the life span of their beauty starts counting down. Potted plants need to be watered regularly, but fresh cut flowers in vases need a bit more care and maintenance. Here are a few tips to lengthen the lives of your blooms:

  1. To make sure your flowers don’t wilt quickly, place them in a clean container with distilled water and a bit of bleach to prevent the growth of bacteria.
  2. Before placing them inside a vessel, it is also advisable to take out any rotting leaves and dirt clinging to the stems. Make sure the leaves or any petals do not touch the water inside the vase, otherwise this will promote rotting and bacterial growth.
  3. Replace the liquid with a clean bleach and water solution every day.

Get a floral subscription

For those without an eye for style nor the patience for flower selection, you can always acquire a floral subscription. This way, you not only get your regular batch of blooms to decorate your home, you’d also be getting the bespoke service of a flower curator. You can give your florist the necessary information they need to tailor the kinds of flowers you’d receive on a regular basis.

Floral subscription is a personalised service to help provide you with seasonal flora fit for your home. More than that, they can arrive at your doorstep perfectly arranged by a professional florist. Those additional personal touches and service ultimately saves you the time and effort in blooming your home.