Office Plant TIps & Ideas

Strelitzia nicolai – White Bird of Paradise

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The Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia) plant is a showy, easy-to-grow topical plant that does best when placed in areas with bright, indirect light and consistently warm temperatures. It is often confused with the Banana plant, as both have massive leaves that grow upward from the centre. This plant is native to South Africa, but is now seen in many tropical areas of the world. It is a great houseplant and is frequently used outdoors in southern Ontario through the summer ...

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Rubber Plant (Ficus elastica)

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This popular tropical plant, the Rubber Plant or Ficus elastica, is a member of the Fig family. it is native to India, Nepal, Burma, China, Malaysia and Indonesia and in its natural habitat can grow to 100-130 ft in height, and occasionally as large as 200 ft, with a trunk nearly 7 ft in diameter. The broad oval leaves can reach 18 inches in length. Many varieties have been cultivated for use as an ornamental indoor plant, including ‘Decora Burgundy’ ...

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Are interior tropical plants affected by the winter?

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Are interior tropical plants affected by the winter? The period of winter dormancy in outdoor plants, shrubs, and trees is easy to see and is taken for granted with the changing of seasons. But what about interior tropical plants? We often receive questions about whether tropical office and house plants are actually dormant in the winter. Based on what we see and experience in our plantscapes, tropical plants do not enter a true winter dormancy period in an interior environment..
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Aglaonema

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Looking for a hardy but elegant tropical plant that does well in low to medium light? Consider an Aglaonema, which is sometimes called a Chinese Evergreen. You may have to go to a greenhouse that specializes in tropical plants to find one, but it will be worth the trip. This is one of our top 10 favourite tropical office plants and we use frequently in office installations. There are literally dozens of unique varieties available, each displaying widely varying leaf ...

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Phalaenopsis Orchid

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The much-loved Phalaenopsis orchid is a member of the family Orchidaceae, the second largest family of flowering plants, consisting of over 20,000 species! In addition, commercial producers of orchids have developed over 100,000 horticultural varieties.

The species that people are most familiar with is Phalaenopsis, pictured on the right. The number of spectacular colours and patterns that are available in this species is endless. Deep purples, mottled white and purple, yellows with delicate pink centers, and pinks of every shade, to name a ...

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Philodendron species

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The name philodendron derives from two Greek words meaning ‘love’ and ‘tree’. In their natural habitat, philodendrons are almost always associated with trees, either starting from seed high in the canopy of large trees or lower on the trunk. They take water and nutrients from the tree initially, then send down thick aerial roots to obtain nutrients from the soil. These roots can be seen on a few varieties commonly used as houseplants and can reach incredible lengths.

The Philodendron genus ...

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Limelight Dracaena

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A long-standing staple of interior landscapers, members of the Dracaena are hardy, low-light tolerant tropical office plants. Their long arching leaves add a simple elegance to groupings, mass plantings, or as a single specimen in a modern container. One of the newest varieties is the Limelight Dracaena. The Limelight Dracaena is characterized by its unique, vibrant colour. The leaves are bright neon green, and they stand out beautifully against plants with more traditional dark green foliage.

Limelight Dracaena plants are available in ...

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Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)

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The Peace Lily is a popular tropical office plant. It is suitable for lower light locations but remember, all plants need light for a minimum of 8-10 hours every day. It will do well if it is close to constant fluorescent lighting, or filtered light from a window. The Peace Lily will produce its characteristic lily-like flowers year round if it receives sufficient light. It does not do well in very bright locations. It is often requested by our clients as the  Continue Reading →

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Ficus Alii (Ficus binnendijkii ‘Alii’)

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The Ficus Alii (Ficus binnendijkii ‘Alii’) tree is a less commonly seen species of the Ficus genus. Most people are familiar with the Ficus benjamina or Benji tree. The Ficus Alii has longer, more slender leaves which droop somewhat. Like the Benjamina, this Ficus requires good light. We will only recommend this tree if it will be positioned close to a west or south window. In light that is too low, the tree will quickly shed its leaves. In the ...

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