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.
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True or False: Interior Plants need to be watered everyday!.
False, false, false!
Most people overwater their office plants. In fact, it’s usually the main cause of the dreaded “black thumb”; People who say they aren’t good with plants usually overwater, not underwater them. Interior plants, just like outdoor plants, like for their soil and roots to dry out between watering. Signs of overwatering include yellow leaves, brown tips, and sagging, listless foliage.
This can kill a plant quick. A natural, aerated soil is best for the plant, and with rare exception, meaning plants directly in windows or other high light situations, most plants do fantastic on a biweekly or even monthly watering schedule. Lower light Draceanas, especially large ones, do fantastic with a nice, solid drink of water about every 3 to 4 weeks!
Overwatered plants quickly develop a host of problems, including obvious visual ones, but also some hidden issues can come up such as the dreaded fungus gnats (which I’ll discuss in a separate post down the road!) and worse, root rot:
Nasty stuff. You might not even know it–often times the plant will look fine, but below the surface of the soil the roots are soggy, wet, and rotting away. This can quickly lead to the death of the plant.
So, how do you keep from worrying about this? This is obviously where we come in. Our techs are carefully trained on how to monitor the watering needs of the plants you trust to our care, and we usually never run into overwatering problems. If you’re attempting to water plants on your own, then just go by our catchphrase: “If it’s wet then just forget”–meaning if the top of the soil shows any sign of moisture to the touch, there’s a 99.9% chance that plant doesn’t need any water.
By tlannan2|2019-02-01T14:58:55-04:00October 19th, 2016|Plant Care|Comments Off on Watering Office Plants
File cabinet tops are often the ideal location to place office plants. There are a number of reasons why.
Firstly, bare cabinet tops are just ugly–honestly. There’s something about a row of eggshell colored file cabinets with bare tops that just plain unsightly for some reason, and inevitably they become a home for odds and ends, loose papers, staplers, and other junk that people just set down and forget about.
The perfect solution for this is a few 8″ diameter cabinet top office plants, usually something with a low profile and bushy that does well under florescent lights, such as pothos, agloneama, or some, but not all types of draceana plants.
The second reason that these types of office plants make sense is that they take up no floor space whatsoever–they go on existing furnishings, so it’s not like you need to clear a space for them. They’re perfect in areas that are tight with lots of foot traffic.
The last reason this works is the best of all–because they’re inexpensive! At about $30 each for the plant and planter, they’re a bargain, and you can outfit an office with a lot of them for very little upfront cost.
Moss is everywhere in Ireland. In the forests, on rocks and trees, on headstones and ancient castles, and especially on little used secondary roads!
We often get asked by clients why we don’t use live green moss in the groundcover of our office plants and big interior plantings.
I think these pics from Ireland illustrate why: Ireland is rainy and cool in general, and green sheet moss needs an outdoor environment to live in. We could install it in the soil at the base of our office plants but it would brown and die because an indoor environment lacks the temperature, light level and humidity to support it.
Still, it looks pretty cool growing on these trees!
So just having returned from a vacation in Ireland, I knew I wanted to do a series of blog posts on the plants and flowers of this beautiful island.
This first post will be on the Connemara portion of Ireland, northwest of Galway.
This area actually gets more rainfall then the Dublin or Cork areas of the Island (this is strictly anecdotal, told to me by many of the Irish people) and so it seemed a bit greener and lusher.
One of the highlights of this area is Kylemore Abbey, an beautiful castle perched on the side of a mountain, on the shoreline of Lough (Lake) Pollacappul. This is actually a recently built castle, from the mid 1800’s and is now an actual functioning Benedictine monastery.
The pictures I’ve taken here are on the grounds itself, the castle from the side of the lake, as well as an interior shot of the amazing walled garden on the grounds. I’ll go more into the garden itself on another post, but this was an incredible property as you can see–these pics were taken just with a cell phone–you don’t have to be an expert photographer to get great photos at Kylemore.
Anyway the grounds were full of beautiful old trees covered in stunning moss (more on that later) as well as flowers and plants tended carefully by the staff. The abbey is open to the public and the ground floor is a museum of the castle’s glory days, full of period furnishings and interesting displays. Well worth a visit.