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.
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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.
An exciting innovation to develop in the Office Plant industry in the last decade or so have been new hybrid Agloaonema plants that have beautiful colorful variegation.
There are very few lower light plants that exhibit natural color in their leaves, and some new strains of Agloaonema plants that have come into the market in the last 5 to 10 years have been the most exciting.
These varieties have been around for a while, but in years past it was only one or two. As demand has picked up, we’re seeing more and more choices coming from the nurseries we purchase from in Florida, including the ones shown counterclockwise, starting top left: Etta Rose, Red Siam, and Sparkling Sarah, shown here at the bottom.
These are their common names; all belong to the Aglaonema genus of indoor plants also commonly known as “Chinese Evergreens”. Since these plants are found on the jungle floor in their native tropical environments, they get very little natural light, and as such make great office plants. They are a bit more expensive, and as a species Ags (our industry nickname for them) don’t grow quickly so they tend to be on the smaller size as far as a floor plant goes. But they can be worth it if you’re looking to add a colorful plant to your office environment that doesn’t require a lot of light, tolerates pests well, doesn’t require a lot of water, and stays short and bushy.
This is an example of choosing a colorful plant to compliment it’s surroundings. We’ve installed three yellow guzmania bromliads in this floor rectangle planter, specifically choosing a colored plant that would compliment the other furnishings in the office.
You can see the color reflected in the chair at the right as well as the highlight in the sign at the top. This makes for a better overall presentation of the planter and ties everything neatly together.
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.
In addition to Osmocote , we also supplement our fertilizer program with Dyna Grow quick release liquid fertilizer, as an added nutrient.
Unlike a slow release fertilizer like Osmocote, Dyna Grow is a liquid fertilizer added to each watering that we give our office plants that help provide a constant source of nutrients. It’s a much weaker formula, typically something along the 7/9/5 (N/P/K) lines or thereabouts, which allows us to administer it constantly to the plants we take care of verses once every few months. Nutrients in small doses such as this can be added to interior plants on a regular basis. In contrast, High Nitrogen fertilizers, such as Miracle Grow, for example, should only be given every couple of months or so.
The plants benefit from this regular feeding and show it in new tissue growth, better color, and resistance to insects and diseases.
Dyna Grow is available online from a number of sources in small batches, and it’s easily found and affordable. We’ve had great success with it over the years.