Not all plants go to out to pasture! Here’s Sara rehabilitating this ficus by giving it some fresh, new soil.
Often times plants will exhaust the nutrients in the soil that is in there grow pot, or it will naturally settle, and expose roots, which can dry out. It’s best to periodically add fresh soil to the top–it’s easier than constantly repotting, and can help the plant thrive.
“… the poinsettia’s main attraction is not the flowers, but the leaves”
The flowers of the plant are the tiny yellow clustered buds (called Cyathia) that honestly look like Super Mario’s Piranha Plant! The colored leafy parts are actually modified leaves that turn color in response to the plant forming flowers.
There’s nothing like a brightly colored aglaonema to perk you up on this gloomy Friday afternoon…fun fact: Its name derives from the Greek words ‘aglios’ meaning light and ‘nema’ meaning thread. It’s safe to say that this plant will shine the brightest in shade
Ah, yes. This comfy ZZ plant is good in high and low light with a little water here and there. It’s such an easy growing plant, you’ll be able to catch up on your z’s just like our friend Lizzy the Lizard who’s hitchhiked up from Florida on the latest batch!
Meet the new “it” girl in the plant world, the Fiddle Leaf Fig, or Ficus Lyrata. This beauty loves the spotlight. She’ll tower over you at 9 feet but have been known to hit 39 feet in the wild. A good drink of water, plenty of sun and some positive feedback will get you far with this gal!
Pretty cool, huh? I took this photo on a recent trip I made to Belize. Here we have indoor plants growing outside, in their natural environment. This was small courtyard outside the room I was staying in.
Pothos, Sanseveria, Draceanas–all growing outdoors, in their native environment. Very pretty!
Now take a closer look…
What’s that!? A small imperfection on that big pothos leaf–it’s missing a small section.
And the Sanseveria plants at the bottom, a couple of the tips are browning…
Perfection Does Not Exist in Plants
The point of this is to illustrate that when you first looked at the picture of the plants on the wall, it all seemed just fine, but only when you zeroed in on individual plants, and saw slight imperfections, did you maybe notice something wrong. If I hadn’t pointed it out, you would likely have never noticed.
Office plants are the same way. They’re never going to be absolutely perfect, 100% of the time. A yellow leaf; a hole in another leaf, these are simply normal occurrences in plants and nothing to be overly concerned about. A few of these between visits is normal, and our techs will normally clean these up for you on their next scheduled visit.
Here’s another example:
This is a healthy Bamboo Palm plant, another typical Office Plant, growing right on the beach. Its got a couple of brown fronds on the bottom, and a couple of its leaves on the fronds are split.
It’s just a perfectly normal part of the plant’s life cycle. You could clean it up, remove those brown leaves, and in less than a week there would likely be a couple more at the bottom as the plant grows new tissue to replace old.
These are some of the common concerns people sometimes raise with us when they see a yellow leaf or two, or a browning tip, on their plants.
Humans are the same way–the shedding of hair, skin, and growth of fingernails…These are part of a living organism’s life cycle, and can’t be inhibited or helped.
It’s always good to remember that there is no such thing as a “Perfect Plant”. Your plants will occasionally get yellow leaves, brown tips, and other slight imperfections. It’s a normal part of their growth cycle. As mentioned before, we’ll take care of them on our next visit. But don’t be mislead into thinking that a yellow leaf or two means the plants are either dying, too dry, or suffering from any other lack of care.
It’s perfectly normal, and unless the problem is widespread, not to worry, your plants can handle it!
By tlannan2|2019-10-28T16:26:10-04:00January 30th, 2018|Plant Care|Comments Off on Does Perfection Exist In Plants?
Sometimes, it’s just best to face the fact that you need a little help with your plants and hire a professional…
We take the best possible care of your plants. From pruning them when they need it, to turning them so that they grow evenly, trimming brown off of leaves, and applying fertilizer and some TLC–anything your plants need to keep them looking lush and healthy, we’re here for them!
It’s a mix of Jade, Golden, and Pearls and Jade pothos plants. The base are golden and jade pothos, and those two rows you see down the middle are Pearls and Jade pothos plants, which have more of a cream/white variegation to them.
Because these species of plants are botanically identical, they provide a subtle, more nuanced color variation.
This wall was designed and installed by our talented Project Manager Sarah Corbin.
Curious to see how a living wall gets installed?
Click Here to see a step by step living plant wall installation.