Office Plant TIps & Ideas

Plant of the Month – Money Tree (Pachira aquatica)

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The Money Tree or Money Plant is probably the most common novelty tropical plant available. Throughout the offices we service, we see this plant almost daily. It is definitely a favourite as a desktop plant. People often have stories about how long they have had them, and how they seem to survive just about anything. They are available for purchase everywhere; corner stores, fruit markets, florists and almost all grocery stores. Money Trees are usually grown with an eye-catching braided ...

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Plant of the Month – Cast Iron Plant (Aspidistra elatior)

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Looking for a unique plant suitable for low light areas? The Cast Iron Plant is the most likely tropical plant to survive in dim areas of your home or office. There is no plant that will survive without at least a few hours of light, preferably natural light, but this one will last longer than most in these conditions. It has earned its common name for many other reasons; it tolerates a wide range of temperatures, low humidity, drought and ...

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Plant of the Month – Ponytail Palm (Nolina recurvata)

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The Ponytail palm is a popular tropical plant great for both office plantscapes and as a houseplant. This unique plant is actually not a true palm. It is a member of the Lily family and native to the deserts of Mexico. It is sometimes called an Elephant’s foot due to its unique trunk which stores water. It is most often sold as a small table-top plant, either with a single plant or several smaller plants in a clump. Larger specimens ...

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Plant of the Month – Chamaedorea erumpens (Bamboo Palm)

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The Bamboo Palm is an elegant and versatile tropical plant great for use in office plantscapes. It is a multi-stem member of the Palm family usually sold at 4-6ft in height. It requires medium light making it suitable for many locations within an office. The bright green canes resemble Bamboo stalks and the leaves are delicate and drooping. A unique feature of this plant is that the leaflets at the end of the leaves are several times wider than the ...

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Plant of the Month – Ficus binnendijkii ‘Alii’ (Alii Ficus)

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The Ficus binnendijkii ‘Alii’ or Alii Ficus 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, the Ficus ‘Alii’ 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. ...

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Plant of the Month- Schefflera arboricola (Dwarf Umbrella Tree)

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The Schefflera genus consists of many species commonly used as tropical office plants or houseplants. One of our favourites is the Schefflera arboricola. This versatile plant is available in many forms; it is grown as a bush and as a tree. The tree form is often sold as a braid, with three stems woven together. The bush form can be small for use as a table-top plant, or as big as 3-4 feet in diameter. The tree form is ...

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Plant of the Month – Dracaena reflexa

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Looking for a hardy, versatile and easy to grow plant for your home or office? Consider one of the varieties of Dracaena reflexa. This is one of my personal favourites. Its shiny green or variegated, elongated leaves grow in a unique spiral arrangement. It grows relatively quickly and branches into interesting twisted forms. When pruned, the cuttings will readily take root in water or soil and will develop quickly into a new plant.
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Plant of the Month-Ivy (Hedera species)

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Ivy from the Hedera genus is likely the most recognized indoor tropical plant. Almost everyone has owned one of the dozens of varieties of this elegant plant. It is a very common tropical office plant and a favorite of house plant enthusiasts everywhere. Its popularity is likely owed to its versatility. It is tolerant of a fairly wide range of environmental conditions. It is also available in many forms: hanging baskets, climbing on trellis, shaped into topiaries, just to name ...

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Plant of the Month – Aloe Vera

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The Aloe vera plant is undoubtedly the most recognized succulent plant worldwide. It has been cultivated throughout the world for centuries; because of this, botanists have had difficulty determining its true native geography.Its popularity is related to both its natural beauty as and ornamental plant, and its widely know medicinal properties. Large scale commercial production is undertaken in the USA, Mexico, Australia, China, Jamaica and India. Most of this production is geared toward supplying the cosmetic industry with Aloe gel.

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Palms for your Pool (or Patio)

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Spring has finally arrived in the GTA. As it always seems to happen, spring will fly by and in a matter of weeks it will be summer. I have neighbours already opening their pools in anticipation of the heat and we have started to receive calls about outdoor tropical trees for pools and decks. Adding a few 8-10 foot palms in containers is a very simple way to add huge impact to your landscape. Chosen carefully, these will thrive beautifully ...

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