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.
It is tolerant of a wide range ...

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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.

Although ...

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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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Plant of the Month – Kentia Palm (Howeia forsteriana)

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The Kentia Palm is our personal favourite and the plant we have chosen for our company logo. It is a premium palm, having elegantly curving fronds with long slender leaves.  We use it frequently in entryways, lobbies and other areas of offices that require a plant with impact.

The Kentia Palm is slow growing which is a desirable trait in an indoor plant. It will keep its shape longer without the need for pruning. It is also one of the few ...

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Trending now: Artificial succulent plants

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Looking for a unique decor idea for your office? Have a look at these images of artificial succulent plants; this is the latest trend in artificial plants. Real succulent plants look fake, so it is easy to make artificial versions that look identical to the real thing. They can be used singly, as table-top plants or floor plants, or they can be combined into unique arrangements. There are now dozens of varieties available in beautiful colours and textures.

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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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Healthy roots, healthy plant!

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Beautiful green and lush foliage on a tropical plant is the result of what you don’t see: a strong healthy root system below. Why are strong roots important? Roots are like our heart, lungs, and digestive tract. They take up water, air and nutrients from the soil and move them up to the leaves where through photosynthesis, the plant is able to manufacture the energy it needs to grow and thrive. The roots also produce chemicals that affect the bacteria and ...

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