Plant of the Month – Rubber Plant

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October’s feature plant is: Rubber Plant (Ficus elastica)

This popular tropical plant, Ficus elastica, is a member of the Fig family. it is native to India, Nepal, Burma, China, Malaysia and Indonesia and in its natural habitat can grow to 100-130 ft in height, and occasionally as large as 200 ft, with a trunk nearly 7 ft in diameter. The broad oval leaves can reach 18 inches in length. Many varieties have been cultivated for use as an ornamental indoor plant, ...

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Here’s proof…Adding plants to your office was a great idea!

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Do you have tropical plants in your office or are you thinking of adding plants to your work environment? Here is yet more proof that the plant near your desk is more than just a pretty face! The October issue of Canadian Business magazine (volume 87, issue 10) has a sidebar in the MGMT section entitled “The Five Minute Fix: Plants Make Us Smarter”. This article is referencing research recently published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology by a group of researchers affiliated with several British and ...

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Should I bring my plants indoors for the winter?

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As my colleagues and I travel on our rounds to service tropical office plants, we are asked by our clients almost daily  whether it is a good idea to bring the beautiful flowering plants from decks and porches inside for the winter. It is certainly tempting to give it a try; much time and care has gone into keeping these plants beautiful over the warm months of spring and summer. At this time of year, many still have blooms and ...

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Plant of the Month – Philodendron

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The name philodendron derives from two Greek words meaning ‘love’ and ‘tree’. In their natural habitat, philodendrons are almost always associated with trees, either starting from seed high in the canopy of large trees or lower on the trunk. They take water and nutrients from the tree initially, then send down thick aerial roots to obtain nutrients from the soil. These roots can be seen on a few varieties commonly used as houseplants and can reach incredible lengths.

The Philodendron genus ...

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Plant of the Month- Cacti

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Whenever I am at the greenhouse to select plants for the upcoming week I always have a look at the cacti and other succulents on display. I never cease to be amazed at the exquisite forms and textures displayed by this plant family.
My enthusiasm is shared by many; when I am providing a design proposal for my clients, many ask to have a cacti of some form included in the plantscape. Unfortunately, many offices that I visit do not ...

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Plant of the Month – Aglaonema

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Looking for a hardy but elegant tropical plant that does well in low to medium light? Consider an Aglaonema, sometimes called a Chinese Evergreen. You may have to go to a greenhouse that specializes in tropical plants to find one, but it will be worth the trip. This is one of our Top 10 favourite tropical office plants and we use frequently in office installations. There are literally dozens of unique varieties available, each displaying widely varying leaf markings, colours, ...

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Plant of the Month – Corn Plant

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June’s feature plant is: Corn Plant (Dracaena fragrans ‘Massangeana’)
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The Corn Plant is one of the most recognized and popular indoor tropical plants, common as a house plant and as a tropical office plant. It is most often sold as a group of 3 or 4 canes of varying heights, each with one or two clusters of leaves at the top of the cane. Occassionally unique bonsai-like ‘stump’ ...

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Plant of the Month – Pothos Ivy

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May’s feature plant is: Pothos Ivy (Epipremnum aureum)

Almost everyone has had one of these incredibly versatile, hardy tropical plants in their home or office at some point.The Pothos Ivy remains one of our favourites year after year. It is the perfect plant….it grows almost anywhere, can tolerate bright light, very low light and everything in between and comes in many beautiful varieties and forms. See the image on the left for examples of Pothos ‘N Joy’, Neon, Golden and Marble ...

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Plant of the Month – ZZ Plant

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April’s feature plant is: ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas zamifolia)

It is not often that a new variety of houseplant is introduced. Our industry was very excited when the Dutch nurseries began growing the ZZ Plant commercially in the late 1990’s. Since then this plant has enjoyed an ever -increasing popularity with interior landscape contractors, designers and house plant enthusiasts worldwide. This plant is very unique, with dark green, glossy oval leaves arranged in a herringbone pattern on thick stems. It can tolerate ...

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Plant of the Month- Bird of Paradise

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March’s feature plant is:Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia nicolai)

The Bird of Paradise plant is a showy, easy-to-grow topical plant that does best when placed in areas with bright, indirect light and consistently warm temperatures. It is often confused with the Banana plant, as both have massive leaves that grow upward from the centre. This plant is native to South Africa, but is now seen in many tropical areas of the world. It is a great houseplant and is frequently used outdoors ...

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