One thing I look forward to every Spring is a visit to our annual plant supplier, The Flower Hutch in Townsend MA.
This is a small, family run local nursery where we source all our high quality annuals and poinsettias for our interior plant clients.
There is nothing better to get you ready for spring than walking down greenhouse rows full of flat upon flat of blooming annuals, and beautiful hanging baskets bursting with color. I can never get out of there without spending a couple of hours shopping. It’s a plant lovers paradise!
Flats and flats of 4″ flowering annuals!
By tlannan2|2020-05-14T10:45:32-04:00May 14th, 2020|Plant Care|Comments Off on Flowering Annual Plants
A small (literally and figuratively) issue we often run into with plant pests indoors is the presence of Fungus Gnats.
Fungus gnats are tiny, harmless flies that usually do little to no damage to the plants but can be very annoying. They are ubiquitous to greenhouses where indoor plants are grown and generate from the soil itself, feeding on organic matter as tiny grubs and emerging as adult flies. Only in large numbers do they pose a threat to the plants themselves, in some cases chewing and destroying the root system.
They are also harmless to humans–they don’t sting, bite, or cause any other threat. Unfortunately, they can be quite annoying. They are naturally attracted to light (which makes them fly near computer screens) as well as the carbon dioxide we exhale (which makes them sometimes fly near our faces) and subsequently can be a real nuisance in an office setting.
Where do they come from? Like I tell all clients when I’m asked: Nature finds a way. Though they often generate due to overwatering of plants, years of experience has told me this isn’t always the case. They’ll either hitchhike up on brand new plants we get from Florida, and they also seem to have two particular times of year, Spring and Fall, when they show up more prominently than other times of the year.
In any event, controlling them is not a problem. The simplest method of controlling/ridding an office of them should there be just a few are yellow “sticky traps” placed in the plants–basically scentless, harmless flypaper. The gnats are drawn towards the bright color, land to hang out for a little bit and kick their feet up, and then get stuck.
The next step after that is to use some biological method of control that’s more or less a trade secret, but is safe and harmless as well and usually does the trick.
Because of the life cycles of fungus gnats, it’s important to remember that soon after you let us know of their presence, and we take steps to eradicate them, it may take a week or two before they’re completely gone. But though they’re a problem, they’re easily dealt with and we do take them seriously–usually we get someone out to take care of them for you shortly after you let us know.
By tlannan2|2020-05-13T10:23:41-04:00August 22nd, 2018|Plant Care|Comments Off on Fungus Gnats
We get a ton of questions on bromeliads and how to care for them so here’s a couple of fun facts and care tips we wanted to share: — 1. They are tropical plants found in the tropical Americas and American subtropics 2. In the wild, they mainly grow attached to the tops of tree branches 3. Pineapples are a type of bromeliad 4. If you own one or plan on purchasing one, they like bright, indirect light, some humidity (though they do fine without it) and water directly into the center or “tank” of the bromeliad. Fill it, let it dry and repeat
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.
Rectangle Planters have been around for a while and are becoming more and more popular in plantings in offices and homes. They’re a fantastic way to add plants to any space that is tight.
This raised rectangle planter at Dover Corporation in Watertown, MA is a perfect way to display these cheery lemon lime plants, and also acts as a natural compliment to their big, floor to ceiling glass walls throughout their office. Many people find they serve a dual purpose when placed in front of glass walls; not only do they provide greenery, they keep people from inadvertently walking into the glass!
For more information on rectangle planters, or for a free consultation, get in touch with us!
By tlannan2|2020-05-13T10:24:40-04:00March 12th, 2019|Plant Care|Comments Off on Rectangle Planters
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.
One of my favorite, most durable indoor office plants is the Yucca plant.
Yucca Plants are a rugged, long-living plant that’s not ideally suited for indoors, though in the right spot, with the right light, they can last forever. This beast of a plant is part of a genus native to the Southwest and Mexico, though the office plant version is slightly different and mostly grown in Florida in a subtropical climate.
As such, they are cold and heat resistant, making them an ideal choice for areas in offices such as entryways/vestibules where the temperatures can be extreme from heat to cold, much like the desert.
They have a thick woody trunk that stores plenty of water so they only need watering about once a month, and are grown in either cane form, shown here, or in bush or “stump” form (the cane actually being a stump in the soil that the fronds cover so that it’s practically invisible). They are disease resistant as well as pest resistant, with the exception of a pervasive scale type insect that can quickly spiral out of control if left untreated and kill the plant, but controllable if it’s identified early on.
Aglaonema is a genus of flowering plants in the arum family, Araceae. They are native to tropical and subtropical regions of Asia and New Guinea. They are known commonly as Chinese evergreens.
Though they technically “flower”–the flowers are nothing to write home about; generally being fairly colorless and fading over a period of a couple weeks.
The real appeal of these beauties is the leaves–brilliant green with red edges and veins–they are an excellent low light plant that adapt well to indoor environments. Keep them pruned because they get leggy, give them only a little water every couple of weeks, and they’ll generally thrive, being fairly resistant to most insects and diseases.
They’re a perfect way to add some lasting color in low light rooms!
By tlannan2|2020-05-13T10:26:06-04:00February 19th, 2019|Plant Care|Comments Off on Red Siam Plant–Colorful low light plants