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Aglaonema Plants

Aglaonema Plants

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

You can learn more about this plant and others on our Interior Plant Library page.

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To learn about the benefits of indoor plants, check out our Benefits page, or view our Portfolio Of Plant Installations

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You can also view some Testimonials and the latest Blog posts, as well as learn about our Charitable program Plants for Paws

By |2019-11-26T09:27:47-04:00November 26th, 2019|Interior Plant Design|Comments Off on Aglaonema Plants

ZZ Plant with Bonus Lizard

ZZ Plants and Lizzy the Lizard

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!

You can learn more about this plant and others on our Interior Plant Library page.

To learn more about our fantastic staff, visit our staff bio page HERE

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To learn about the benefits of indoor plants, check out our Benefits page, or view our Portfolio Of Plant Installations

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You can also view some Testimonials and the latest Blog posts, as well as learn about our Charitable program Plants for Paws

By |2019-11-22T10:24:29-04:00November 22nd, 2019|Interior Plant Design|Comments Off on ZZ Plant with Bonus Lizard

Fiddle Leaf Figs

Fiddle Leaf Figs

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!

You can learn more about these plants and others on our Interior Plant Library page.

To learn about the benefits of indoor plants, check out our Benefits page.

By |2019-11-12T08:59:01-04:00November 12th, 2019|Interior Plant Design|Comments Off on Fiddle Leaf Figs

Trimming and Rooting Pothos Plants

Trimming Pothos Plants

So you’ve trimmed your pothos and aren’t sure what to do next with all those trimmings…

Keep calm!

First, the proper way to trim and prune:

1) Cut just above the leaf node ( or the “armpit” of the vine!) that will encourage new growth!

2) Place in water and change it throughout a two week period

3) Once you see an inch of roots or so, repot in soil and water biweekly

Before you know it you’ll have a thriving new plant to add to your collection!

You can learn more about these plants and others on our Interior Plant Library page.

To learn about the benefits of indoor plants, check out our Benefits page.

By |2019-11-06T08:43:00-04:00November 6th, 2019|Interior Plant Design|Comments Off on Trimming and Rooting Pothos Plants

Does Perfection Exist In Plants?

Take a look at the photo on the left

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.

It’s not:

  • Sick

  • “Dying”

  • Diseased

  • “Looking Dry”

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 |2019-10-28T16:26:10-04:00January 30th, 2018|Plant Care|Comments Off on Does Perfection Exist In Plants?

Black Thumbs

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!

By |2019-10-25T14:18:22-04:00October 23rd, 2019|custom projects|Comments Off on Black Thumbs

New Plant Wall Installation Hudson NH

New Living Wall Installation in Hudson NH

Check out our latest living plant wall installation at Integra Biosciences in Hudson, NH.

For this wall, we used a combination of pothos plants.

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.

You can learn more about the plants used in this living plant wall on our Interior Plant Library page.

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To learn about the benefits of indoor plants, check out our Benefits page, or view our Portfolio Of Plant Installations

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You can also view some Testimonials and the latest Blog posts, as well as learn about our Charitable program Plants for Paws

By |2019-10-23T12:18:48-04:00October 18th, 2019|custom projects|Comments Off on New Plant Wall Installation Hudson NH

Indoor Plant Accidents

Sometimes plant accidents happen…sometimes they’re intentional…

You can learn more about our plants on our Interior Plant Library page.

To learn more about our fantastic staff, visit our staff bio page HERE

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To learn about the benefits of indoor plants, check out our Benefits page, or view our Portfolio Of Plant Installations

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You can also view some Testimonials and the latest Blog posts, as well as learn about our Charitable program Plants for Paws

By |2019-10-15T12:58:58-04:00October 15th, 2019|Interior Plant Design|Comments Off on Indoor Plant Accidents

Watering Office Plants

Killing Them With Kindness

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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:

rootrot.

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 |2019-02-01T14:58:55-04:00October 19th, 2016|Plant Care|Comments Off on Watering Office Plants

File Cabinet Plants

Cabinet Top 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.

You can learn more about these plants and others on our Interior Plant Library page.

To learn about the benefits of indoor plants, check out our Benefits page.

By |2019-10-08T08:52:36-04:00October 1st, 2019|Interior Plant Design|Comments Off on File Cabinet Plants
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