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Magnetic ceramic pot + hardy plant = minimal care

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Talk about having magnetic personality.

LiveTrends Design Group has come out with what the Florida-based company calls “magnetic living art,” pairing non-scratching magnetic ceramic pots with hardy plants that require minimal care.

“Water once a month and display anywhere,” according to LiveTrends.

How about sticking one on your refrigerator at home or on a filing cabinet at work?

A pot would make a great Administrative Professionals Day gift or end-of-school year present for a teacher or bus driver. Plenty of customers are buying pots for themselves, which is OK, too.

The pots (each one fits in your hand) come in multiple colors with one of two plant families: succulents or bromiliads. They retail for $8.99 each and are available in all of our stores.

LiveTrends has only been around for a few years. Bisser Georgiev started the company after 20 years with Hermann Engelmann Greenhouses, a leader in the indoor houseplant industry.

Of his new venture, Georgiev said: “I want to see it as a playground more than just a company.”

Who wouldn’t want to play with one of these fun magnetic pots?

 

A selfish reason for giving flowers or plants on Secretary’s Day: boost productivity

Flowers aren’t just a nice thing to do for your administrative assistant on Secretary’s Day, also known as Administrative Professionals Day.

Research conducted at Texas A&M University found that flowers can help boost workplace productivity.

“Our research shows that a change as simple as adding flowers and plants can be important in the most meaningful way to businesses in the modern economy,” said Roger Ulrich, lead researcher on the project. The increased productivity – in the form of innovation and creative problem-solving – “could mean the difference between mild and great business success.”

The Society of American Florists worked with the researchers, lending expertise in flowers and plants.

In an eight-month study, both women and men demonstrated more innovative thinking, generating more ideas and original solutions to problems in the office environment that included flowers and plants. Men generated more ideas, while women generated more creative, flexible solutions to problems.

So bosses can give their administrative assistants flowers or plants out of respect and self-interest.