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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Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata)

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Almost everyone is familiar with the upright, thick, uniquely coloured leaves of the Snake plant, also referred to as the Mother-in-law’s Tongue plant. This plant, native to Nigeria, 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 ...

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Cyclamen, Calla Lily, Kalanchoe- Spring Colour!

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Need some spring?? Try scattering a few indoor short term flowering plants around your home or office. Cyclamen, Calla Lily, Kalanchoe, Tulip and Daffodil are just a few of the beautiful options. The greenhouses are bursting with colour right now. A trip to Valleyview Gardens in Toronto is a great outing on a dreary February day. If you have office plants, be sure to talk to your interior landscape contractor about adding some colour. Your service provider will make ...

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Choosing Healthy Tropical Plants

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Choosing healthy tropical plants for your home or office is the first step to enjoying a trouble-free, long-lasting experience with indoor plants. Many of the problems we are frequently asked about can be eliminated by starting with quality tropical plants. Most of the tropical plants available for purchase in the GTA have been grown in Florida by specialized growers. These growers may sell directly to large retailers, or may sell through distributors. A few varieties of plants are grown in ...

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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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Benefits of Plants in Your Office

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Happy 2017 to all our current clients and perhaps to some future clients who may be reading this article! The new year often brings a desire to refresh our surroundings. Since most of us spend almost as much time in the workplace as in our homes, this environment deserves some attention too!
Our clients typically order tropical plants for their office for the aesthetic appeal. They quickly learn that tropical plants offer much more than just good looks. I want ...

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Succulents – Plant of the Month

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Succulents are a very hot design trend these days. Requests from our clients have increased substantially over the last year and for good reason. A huge variety of succulents are now available and ideas for displaying them have soared with the popularity of Instagram and Pinterest.

Succulents are plants with thick fleshy leaves. These plants store water in their leaves and stems. This allows the plant to survive in dry conditions or in poor soil that cannot retain moisture. They can ...

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Poinsettia Time! Happy Holidays!

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“Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas….”  The poinsettias are here! Nothing brightens an office in December like a huge bright red poinsettia plant or two (or twenty!) Each year at this time, thousands of poinsettias are delivered to offices throughout the GTA. We receive questions daily about how to keep them looking beautiful throughout the season. Here are a few tips and interesting facts about these festive additions to your office.

The poinsettia is native to Mexico, where they grow ...

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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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Designing with Plants

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Increasingly, offices are designed not just to be functional, but also to provide a environment that fosters maximum creativity and productivity from employees. Much thought and care is put into selecting design elements to achieve this. Colours, fabrics, furnishings and artwork are carefully chosen with the goal being to ensure employees enjoy the time they spend in the workplace. Many studies have shown that plants in the workplace have a key role to play in enhancing an employee’s emotional well-being. ...

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