Office Plant TIps & Ideas

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 – Peperomia

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There are more than 3000 existing species of Peperomia recorded in the world. This number does not even include the cultivars (a plant variety that has been produced in cultivation by selective breeding.) Peperomia’s vary considerably in appearance – they can be upright and fleshy, or threadlike and trailing. Their leaves may be smooth and glossy or coarsely textured. Their leaf shape can be rounded, heart shaped, or even lance shaped. You can find this plant in countless color combinations, including deep ...

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Shedding some light on light requirements

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Shedding some Light on Light Requirements
Now that we are in the full heat of summer, it’s tempting to gather all of our indoor tropical plants and put them outside… because all plants love lots of light, right? Not exactly. Different plants require different amounts of light. A plant getting too much, or too little light has potential for all sorts of problems. Light related plant health issues include yellow leaves, black leaves, pests (like fungus gnats and spider mites) ...

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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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Should I repot my indoor tropical plant?

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To Repot or not to Repot?
One of the questions that we are most often asked is: “Does my tropical plant need to be repotted?” Most plants like their roots to balance on the edge of crowded, but not over-crowded (with the exception of some plants, like orchids, that prefer to be rootbound because this encourages flowering). Repotting should only be done when absolutely necessary, and there are a few clues that you can look for to tell you when ...

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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 – Agave

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The Century Plant (Agave) is a striking xerophyte with a unique shape and spikey foliage. While resembling the aloe plant, the sharp spiny teeth of the agave are its distinguishing feature. Another difference between the two plants is the aloe is a succulent (a thick and fleshy plant whose foliage and stem retains water) and the agave is a xerophyte (a plant that requires little water). Native to Mexico, Arizona and Texas, the Century Plant has adapted to ...

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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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The Secret to Successful Mixed Tropical Plant Arrangements

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Spring is in the air and creative ideas are beginning to blossom. What is the perfect gift for a spring holiday, birthday, or work event? A mixed tropical plant arrangement of course! And not just any mixed arrangement, one that will survive and thrive.
Have you ever received a beautiful interior tropical plant arrangement as a gift, and within a month all but one plant has died? We have, and it’s so frustrating. What is the secret to making sure ...

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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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