Posts Tagged 'plant maintenance'

Plant of the Month – Lipstick Plant (Aeschynanthus pulcher)

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The Lipstick plant (Aeschynanthus pulcher) is a popular tropical plant often used in office plantscapes. It makes a great table-top or hanging plant as the stems grow quickly and will trail down the sides of the container.
It has small dark green fleshy leaves and when the conditions are right, will produce a very unique pink or red flower. When the flower first appears, it looks just like lipstick emerging from a tube.
Native to Malaysia and South America, this ...

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Plant of the Month- Selloum Philodendron (Philodendron bipinnatifidum)

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Looking for a large showy plant to fill a bright corner of your home or office? The Selloum Philodendron may be a good option. This non-climbing member of the Philodendron family grows quickly and is relatively easy to maintain. In its native tropical habitat, Paraguay and Brazil, it can grow to heights of 15ft and be over 10ft in width. The leaves are large, often 12-24″ long and have many wavy deep lobes around the edges.
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Plant of the Month – Orchid

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The much-loved 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 ...

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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-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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Plant of the Month – Dieffenbachia (Dumb Cane)

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Dieffenbachia is one of the most popular and familiar of all houseplants. Although not often used, its common name Dumb Cane comes from the fact that if ingested, a chemical compound in the leaves causes numbness and swelling of the lips. This reaction can last for several days. It can be toxic to pets, so should be kept out of reach. When pruning or trimming the leaves, wear gloves and avoid contact with the eyes.

Dieffenbachia is native to Central and ...

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