Posts Tagged 'tropical plant maintenance'

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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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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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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Sub-irrigation system for watering tropical plants

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Your interior landscape contractor has recommended a sub-irrigation system for your new tropical office plants. What is this and is it necessary?
A sub-irrigation system allows a plant to take up as much water as it needs. It removes some of the guesswork from trying to decide how much water a plant requires. Although it seems this should be straightforward, there are many factors that affect this decision. A plant will never require the same amount of water every week. ...

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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 – 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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