There’s a really good reason why we offer free replacement plants with any office plant maintenance program.
Let’s face it: An office is probably one of the worst environments for a tropical plant to try and thrive in. Not only is light usually limited, but the plant faces other challenges such as extremely dry air, constant whacking and bumping, overwatering from well meaning employees (and the occasional left over splash of coffee 🙁 Never understood that…) moving from one area to another, etc.
So with these challenges, there’s only so much that dusting, regular fertilizer, and pruning are going to do. Many times, your plants will naturally thin out over time, and this is why you have a plant service–so that we can provide you with new, healthy replacement plants.
At EnviroGreenery, we tend to be very liberal with plant replacements. It doesn’t have to die before we give you a new one–usually our guidelines is about 40% of foliage loss and we’ll be happy to bring you a brand spanking new plant, fresh off the trucks we get from sunny Florida.
Probably the best place to think of adding interior plants to your office is your lobby.
You tend not to think about it, and why should you? 5 days a week you blow right through it on your way to your office or desk, and never consider the impression you’re making to visitors, interviewees, or even your employees.
But your lobby is where you make your all important first impression, and where you can make the most impact with some beautiful plants to help soften things up for visitors to your office.
When we first started installing live plant walls, I found myself tending to design most of them with this very organized, structured look of either all one species of plants, or two species layered perfectly together in exact slanted lines, etc.
Lately, I’ve tended to trend more to these bushy, junglely looking plant walls, such as this one we have installed in Watertown, Ma.
These types of design emphasize diversity of texture and leaf; big broad leaves, varigated shades of greenish grey and dark green, soft, rounded leaves and sharp pointed ones. Personally, I think it’s more indicative of what an actual jungle would look like–there’s not a lot of order and structure in the vegetation in the rainforest.
It’s kind of a zen thing. There is no perfection in nature because nature is perfect all by itself. I think these type of living plant walls reflect that type of thinking.
The elegant Bamboo Palm is not really bamboo, but a species called Chamaedorea that closely resembles bamboo enough to derive it’s common name from it. It has tall graceful fronds that grow vertical from a center root ball, and full size specimens of 6 feet or more are truly beautiful.
Like all indoor palms, it requires a decent amount of fresh air (lobbies are best, conference rooms are not!) and Chamaedorea is a bit more tolerant of lower light levels than most indoor palms.
They are best treated with a systemic insecticide such as Merit or their fronds misted regularly, because with the natural lack of humidity in buildings they are highly prone to spider mites–tiny little insects that build nasty webs between the fronds and will suck the nutrients from their leaves, quickly killing the plant.