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Designing with Plants

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Increasingly, offices are designed not just to be functional, but also to provide a environment that fosters maximum creativity and productivity from employees. Much thought and care is put into selecting design elements to achieve this. Colours, fabrics, furnishings and artwork are carefully chosen with the goal being to ensure employees enjoy the time they spend in the workplace. Many studies have shown that plants in the workplace have a key role to play in enhancing an employee’s emotional well-being. ...

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Insects on Tropical Plants Part 2 – How to identify, treat and prevent

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Our last blog looked at three common insects that can infest the tropical plants in your home and office. This week we will look at the remaining common insects: thrips, fungus gnats, aphids and whitefly.

Thrips are the common name given to a genus of insect with over 6000 species. Only a few are an issue with indoor tropical plants. This is the most serious insect that can affect plants, as it can spread rapidly and does significant damage. It is also ...

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Insects on tropical plants – How to identify, treat and prevent

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Is there something going on with your office or house plants? They are declining, but you can’t figure out why?   If there has been no change in the plant’s environment or care, you may have an insect issue. Insects on tropical plants can be very hard to detect in the early stages. It is often not  apparent until a full-blown infestation is present.

Regular inspection for evidence of insects should be part of caring for indoor tropical plants, whether in your home or ...

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Artificial Plants – Are they an option for my office?

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Lately we have been receiving more and more inquiries about the use of artificial plants in offices. These plants don’t grow, but their popularity definitely is! This is likely due to the greater range of products available, and the vast improvement in quality that has resulted in very life-like replicas.

Why choose artificial plants over live plants? There are many reasons. Insufficient light for live plants is the main reason we recommend artificial plants. Offices in downtown high rise towers can be very ...

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Adonidia Palm (Veitchia merrillii) – Plant of the Month

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Often seen in large atriums, the Adonidia Palm is a striking, majestic palm that can grow indoors to over 20 feet in height. It is often called a Christmas Palm. In its natural habitat, mature trees will bloom with white flowers followed by red berries. It is a hardy, slow growing palm, making it ideal for indoor use where strong light is available. Native to the Phillipines, this large palm is commonly used as a landscape plant in the southern ...

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Plant of the Month – Aralia (Polyscias species)

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Looking for an unusual but striking tropical office plant that you will not see in the big box stores? Consider one of the many species of Aralia. These elegant and interesting plants can be a bit tricky to care for, but in the hands of a professional interior landscaper, they can be a unique addition to a plantscape. The three most common species are the Ming aralia (Polyscias fruticosa), Balfour or Dinnerplate aralia (Polyscias balfouriana) and the Chicken gizzard aralia ...

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Plant of the Month – Goldfish Plant (Columnea gloriosa)

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Looking for a showy, colourful tropical office plant that blooms almost continuously? Consider a Goldfish plant. This common but exotic looking plant has fleshy, shiny, dark green leaves and in the right conditions, produces an abundance of fish shaped flowers almost year round.

Native to the Caribbean and South America, the Goldfish plant (Columnea gloriosa) blooms seasonally in the wild, but commercially produced cultivars can bloom more frequently. The most common flower colour is orange, but you may find yellow and ...

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Plant of the Month – Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)

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The Spider Plant has to be the most well known and most loved tropical house plant. Everyone recognizes this distinctive grass-like plant with its delicate ‘babies’.  It originated in tropical and south Africa, but has been naturalized almost worldwide.

Two cultivars or varieties are popular. ‘Vittatum’ is very common, and has medium green leaves with white centers. The stems of the ‘babies’ are white. ‘Variegatum’ has darker leaves with white edges, and the stems are green. Less commom is an all green variety. ...

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Plant of the Month – Buddhist Pine (Podocarpus macrophyllus)

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The Buddhist Pine (Podocarpus) is an elegant and graceful plant with grass-like foliage. It is native to southern Japan and southern and eastern China – alternative common names, Southern yew and Kusamaki, reference these two regions. This plant is a slow growing conifer that can reach up to 60’ in its natural habitat, but remains smaller when forced to grow in a container. Typically in a home or office setting you will see a columnar shaped Podocarpus that is 4-6’ ...

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5 Steps to Picking the Right Plants

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There are many reasons why you may want tropical office plants, and there are many benefits to having them. Plants purify and renew stale air by trapping and absorbing air toxins and converting carbon dioxide to oxygen. They have also been shown to reduce Sick Building Syndrome and generally enhance a space by adding warmth and visual interest. But how do you go about picking the right plants for your office? There are many factors to evaluate when choosing plants ...

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