GRAND OPENING! You're invited!

Hey friends! Long time no see!

Wanted to pop on the blog to invite you all to the shop’s GRAND OPENING(!!!!) this Saturday, January 12th! Snacks and drinks provided!

9am: Store opens with a vine cutting (ala grand opening ribbon cutting) where folks will get a cutting they can take home to propagate #onbrand
1pm-7pm: Botanical themed flash tattoos by the talented @nightshadetattoo in the $60-80 range with 20-30% tip! (Always tip your artist!)
6pm: Cake!
7pm: Shop is closed! But head over to Lynnwood Bowl and Skate to roller skate till 11pm with us!

We’ve painted, we’ve cleaned, we’ve installed fixtures, stocked some real nice plants and didn’t get nearly enough sleep. We also commissioned a super slick custom interior neon sign from our friends down at Western Neon in the SoDo neighborhood of Seattle.

Since our soft launched October 19th, it has been an immense joy to meet with the community of plant enthusiasts from near and far. It is truly an honor to be part of your journey with plants.

Additionally, sometimes we meet folks who make cool promo videos for the shop like incredibly talented local video/content sorceress Monica Church did!

Check it out! And see ya on the 12th!

videography: @monicachurch

Also, if you don’t know where we are , our address is:

312 W Republican Street
Seattle, WA, 98119

We’re open!

This past Friday we had our soft open! 

Saturday and Sunday we’re open 10am to 7pm!

This Monday we’ll be closed! (Though, we may change our day off to something else!)

Tuesday-Friday, we’ll be open 12pm to 5pm!

And we start it all over again with weekend hours of 10am to 7pm!

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Thank you all for bearing with us as we gauge how to move forward as this business grows! 

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We are in love with how the space and our rare and hard-to-find plant selection turned out. 

But don’t take our word for it! Come on down!

Well, that escalated quickly.

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If you know me personally, you’ll know that when I get impassioned about something, I really go for it.

Like… I really, REALLY go for it.

With that said, it is with great pleasure I can announce Cultivate Propagate will have a physical storefront in the Lower Queen Anne neighborhood of Seattle.

More details will follow soon! And I’m working my butt off to get the space ready for you to visit!

I want to extend my most heartfelt love and appreciation to the many new friends and gracious patrons of Cultivate Propagate. I am so humbled and grateful for the trust, time and energy that each and every one of you has given me.

To be so deeply impacted in such positive and ways by this community and plant-keeping lifestyle really sets the tone for this new adventure. I am hoping to capture these restorative, inspirational and aspirational traits in a physical space where are all welcome to learn, explore and be inspired with wonder because…

we like plants.



Where have you been?!

Hello. It me. 

Hello. It me. 

Hello! Wow! Yeah! Hi!

It has been a good minute, hasn't it? 

When Cultivate Propagate was started this January, it was aimed at giving me an outlet and a place to document my personal plant collection. 

And, as life goes and creative ideas develop, things tend to change! 

I pushed and pulled this ball of clay was that is Cultivate Propagate. (Repeatedly smashing it back into an amorphous ball because I'm nervous as heck about failure.)

Is it a personal journal? Is it a plant care space? Do I sell plants?

???

Well, it turns out, it's kind of all of the above. 

I want to journal my own collection, how it progresses, what plants I fall in love and out of love with. 

I want to share what I have found out when it comes to caring for these foliar friends. 

And yes, I have some plants to sell. I love plants SO much, I want to share them with you, with a special focus on difficult-to-get and funky-lookin' things. 

So, that's where I have been. Fun things like filling out paperwork, paying fees, looking for physical retail spaces, grappling with my personal version of imposter syndrome and sourcing plants... So many plants. 

With that, I'm going to be slowly adding plants to the online store here! The first plant I have up for sale is the super unique Hoya Retusa. It's a fantastic, easy care hoya. If you give it enough light and don't drown it, you should be good. 

Feel free to comment below with plants you're looking for! I'm so excited to be pursuing this small business and helping you achieve your planty dreams!

XO

Chelsea
 

February Houseplant Favorites

This month, I've picked out three plants (plus a bonus round) from my personal collection to share with you!

Tillandsia seleriana, an air plant from Owens Gardens out in Monroe WA! The next big event they will be at in the Seattle area is the University Street Fair on May 19th/20th, 2018. These kinds of conventions and street fairs are the only times you'll be able to buy direct from this grower. So, mark your calendars, PNW peeps! 

This T. seleriana is doing fantastic with supplemental humidity, heat and light this winter. It has even put out quite a few new tendril-like leaves and roots too! Super exciting stuff! 

If your climate is like mine, think twice about soaking your air plants in the winter. Standing water, cool conditions, low light all keep an air plant wet. And a wet, cold, air plant in the dark will quickly turn into a a rotted one. I've learned this lesson the hard way when my well-meaning, but totally inappropriate care dispatched two of my first gorgeous and large T. xerographica. Since that tragic event, I've started to mist my air plants lightly with a fine spray from a hand mister. So far, so good!  

Musa basjoo or 'banana plant' from N&M Herb Nursery located in Hubbard, OR. This plant was bought at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show, here in Seattle, where they had a booth.

Holy cow, with how dark and dreary this PNW winter has been growth across my entire collection has been lethargic, at best. Yes, there are some things under supplemental light that seemed to perk up a touch. However, all of my plants, and myself included are ready for Spring! Acquiring the fast-growing banana plant has been a breath of fresh air and a flurry of foliage! This plant is working on it's 4th large leaf for me in the mere TWO WEEKS of it in my care. These plants are such rapid growers, it's really quite incredible. Outdoors and in optimal conditions, these will reach full size of 12-18 feet tall in a season. And for any of you PNW gardeners pining for that tropical vibe, these cold-hardy plants can be grown outdoors here! 

Davallia fejeensis, alternatively known as the rabbit's foot fern! This was a total clearance rack win from a big box hardware store. 

In my experience, it seems this fern doesn't throw quite as dramatic of a temper tantrum as a maidenhair or button fern might when it comes to humidity. Granted, this plant was also fairly established when I procured it. However, I do feel like this is a hardier plant as far as fern's go for our dry, climate-controlled air indoors during the winter. On top of its relatively hardy nature, it doesn't have that messy fern leaf drop like you get from something like a Boston fern. But my personal favorite part is the fuzzy rhizomes that creep out of its container! 

Bonus round! Oncidium 'Sharry Baby', a noID orchid from Trader Joes.

Orchids from the grocery store are notorious for croaking once you bring them home. Typically, a rotted root system from soggy or rotted growing media is to blame. My rule of thumb for these plants is to IMMEDIATELY repot or mount them. A lapse in priorities was had and this plant was repotted three weeks too late. Then, an ill-advised decision to rip off "that yucky old pseudobulb" was made. Despite a completely rotted root system, being repot into semi-hydro, having only one pseudobulb, being in bloom AND spike, this plant had a glorious, fragrant and long-lasting display of blooms. The second spike also held its buds and flowered! What a trooper! 

At the moment, my collection is 130+ plants strong and growing! If there is a houseplant you'd like me to share my experiences with you can leave a comment here on the blog, on my Instagram or YouTube channel! The world is your oyster!