Posts Tagged 'office plant care'

Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree (Ficus lyrata)

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Look in any design trends magazine this year and you will likely find a featured room that includes a Fiddle Leaf Fig tree. It is the current favourite of designers and is one of our most requested tropical office plants. This plant has impact! It has huge and unique fiddle-shaped shiny leaves that feel almost like paper. The tree is available in many styles including a column shape with multiple stems covered in leaves top to bottom, a tree form ...

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Sansevieria (Snake Plant)

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Almost everyone is familiar with the upright, thick, uniquely coloured leaves of the Sansevieria plant, also referred to as the Snake plant or Mother-in-Law’s tongue. This is a hardy plant suitable for lower light areas of the office or home. It is available in a number of varieties exhibiting a wide range of colourful markings on the leaves. ‘Zeylanica’ has many shades of dark green. ‘Laurentii’ displays bold yellow stripes on the leaf margins, and ‘Moonshine’ has pale green, almost solid colour ...

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Norfolk Island Pine – Araucaria heterophylla

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Looking for a long lasting alternative to a fresh cut Christmas tree for your home or office? Consider a Norfolk Island Pine Tree. This unique tree is native to Norfolk Island, a small island in the Pacific Ocean between Australia, New Zealand and New Caledonia. It is sometimes called a star pine or triangle tree, although it is not a true pine. In its native habitat, it can grow to heights of 50-60 meters. It has been widely distributed as an ornamental landscape tree in humid-subtropical climate regions of Australia, Brazil, Chile, New Zealand, ...

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Dracaena – unique new cultivars

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The interior landscape industry would certainly struggle without the endless variety offered by the Dracaena genus of tropical plant. Dracaenas are the staples of the industry. These plants are hardy, can tolerate a wide range of light and temperature levels and are pest and disease resistant. It is rare to see a plantscape design that doesn’t include a least a few varieties of Dracaena. They are available in so many forms and sizes, from small specimens suitable for mixed arrangements, ...

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Dracaena Rikki – Plant of the Month

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Dracaena Rikki has quickly become one of our new favourite tropical office plants. This unique looking plant has proven itself to be extremely hardy and versatile. It is great in low light, but can tolerate bright light as well. Dracaena Rikki is resistant to most common pests, and can withstand handling much better than its cousin the Corn Plant. Rikki is a relatively new cultivar of the Dracaena deremensis species. It has long, narrow arching leaves that feel like thick ...

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Umbrella Tree (Schefflera ‘Amate’)- Plant of the Month

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Looking for a plant for the office or home that is relatively easy to care for and has good size and impact? The Umbrella Tree is a great choice. This hardy plant, native to tropical rainforests in Australia and New Guinea, is available from 2 feet in height up to 6 or 7 feet. It is very full with large, dark green, shiny leaves. It will survive in offices lit with good overhead fluorescent lighting and some natural light. Do ...

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Wax Plant (Hoya carnosa) – Plant of the Month

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The Wax Plant (Hoya carnosa) is not a plant you will find in many people’s houseplant collections. This is unfortunate, as it is one of the most unique and hardy indoor tropical plants. The common name comes from the texture of the leaves. They are very thick and firm, with a smooth surface. They look almost artificial. The Wax Plant is a bit more pricey than the more common tropical plants, but well worth the splurge, and the effort to ...

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‘Janet Craig’ Dracaena

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A long-standing staple of interior landscapers, the ‘Janet Craig’ Dracaena is a hardy, low-light tolerant tropical office plant. Its long, arching dark green leaves add a simple elegance to groupings or mass plantings. It looks great as a single specimen plant in a tall planter too.
‘Janet Craig’ plants are available in many sizes. Sizes range from small, young plants ideal for use in table-top planters, to bushes up to 5 feet in height that usually consist of 4-5 stalks ...

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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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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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