Archive for November, 2010

By Kristen Royce

The Christmas holiday is just around the corner. We can feel the crisp air and the cooler nights. Different Christmas decorations are now displayed all over the place – around the neighborhood, in the malls, churches, and even our offices.

If you prefer prefer holiday decorations that are different than the usual Santa Claus, snowmen, and Christmas lights, check out these great indoor holiday plants instead. Be eco-friendly! Remember, plants provide oxygen. They also clean the indoor air while providing holiday warmth.

Here are some plants you can use to add holiday charm to your homes: Read More→


Got Humidity Issues?

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But why should temperature and humidity levels affect you? The simple answer is that employees working in conditions that are said to be below or above their thermal comfort levels can suffer from potential health problems and be less productive. Facilities managers in particular should be aware of this.

There have been many suggestions and inventions designed to regulate and improve office humidity levels but the simple and most effective way can be seen in the introduction of office plants. This article looks at how planted office displays can prevent facilities managers from feeling the heat and the studies that have proved it.

Humidity is the measure of water that air will hold and is more commonly referred to as Relative Humidity (RH) as it is measured relative to temperature. It is measured in this way due to the direct relation between the two. For example, the warmer the air the more humid it will be as warm air can hold more water. It is often easy to tell when indoor air is more humid than outdoor air as it will condense when it meets a colder surface causing condensation on office windows and doors. But how can office plants reduce humidity? Read More→

By Fred Myers

Indoor plants should be welcomed in any home or apartment because of the creation of a pleasant indoor environment. A small indoor plant adds both color and a scenic picture to both tables and windows. The larger indoor plants seem to meld with the furniture groupings. The curious thing about these plants is why some indoor plants prosper and others just wilt and die over time. The important factor here is that most of the foliage plants, purchase for use as indoor plants,have as their origin tropical areas and conditions. Here then is your basic reason why a great many indoor plants require a humid and indirect  lighting environment.

There are five definitive elements required of indoor plants;light,temperature and  ventilation,humidity,watering and  fertilizer. The first of these elements to be discussed here is light. Plants really have varying needs for light. My croton for example requires to be positioned at a window with direct sunlight but my Norfolk pine can do just fine with medium to low light intensity. Natural light is usually obtained from a window position to sustain the life of an indoor plant. However this is always governed by how close the plant is to the window. This natural light decreases exponentially with plant farther and farther from the natural source of light provided by the window. Read More→


Bromeliad Plant

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A very dramatic bloom and a cycle of life that provides beautiful foliage, makes the bromeliad plant a popular plant in the yard and indoors. Surprisingly the bromeliad plant is related to Spanish moss, the pineapple plant and is native to the American tropics. In its native environment bromeliad plants will get their nutrients from the air and rain. They have a special root structure that it has developed so that it can attach itself to tree trunks, branches, and even rocks. These bromeliads are known as saxicolous. Many types of bromeliads are terrestrial and grow in the ground like most plants do. Amazingly each type of bromeliad can switch places and adapt to its new environment! It is also able to adapt to both indoor and outdoor environments.

Plant enthusiasts are drawn to bromeliads because of their beautiful blooms. Mostly they are cultivated to grow indoors but will also grow well out doors in warm and humid environments. The bromeliad only blooms once in its life time, but with the variation in leaves, the it is still a good choice for home decor and gardens because it is an easy to grow plant that is hardy. Read More→

Our work places certainly are a prime source of stress in our lives. It seemed to be terrible enough when departments were completely staffed but staff reductions and budget cutbacks have made a grueling dilemma all the worse. Such a lot of time is put in at an office (or cubicle) that it can feel very much like a prison cell you can’t get away from. Continually shifting deadlines, difficult office associations, always being instructed to turn out more with dwindling assets all play a role in stress levels which can be frequently unhealthy and often debilitating.

There are several remedies at our fingertips for you to use for a little office stress relief and all of them are pretty easily accomplished. What follows are a few ideas you can try to make the eight or maybe more hours spent at the job much easier. While some of these may appear too simple to provide an effect, every one has been proven beneficial.

Be comfortable. If your back hurts or you have neck pain your system is wanting to alert you to a problem and it is most likely the chair you sit in. If, similar to most office furniture, your chair has been around the block a time too many and doesn’t support you just how it should, its time to swap it. It is possible to lobby the boss for a new chair but, if that approach does not work, think about paying for one yourself that supports your back and enforces good posture. It really is challenging to be happy while you hurt. Read More→

Why it is necessary to have indoors plants in our homes and offices particularly when it is air-conditioned or enclosed.  The first and foremost reason is it helps give us the ability to concentrate which enhances our overall productivity. These indoor plant re-circulate the chemicals which are emitted by furniture and fixtures, paints and solvents. The  amount of oxygen which plants give out and the carbon dioxide we exhale in closed surroundings help us to think in a better and more positive way, prevents fatigue, and most importantly it reduces the most common ailment, headaches.

Plants whether indoor or outdoor have a relaxing effect on visitors whether in an office or residence. They create a courteous and friendly atmosphere , impact on the interaction between people and thereby improve productivity. Installing indoor plants in a closed ventilated office or near a computer has a lower maintenance cost compared to outdoor plants. Also, certain indoor plants like ferns and cacti do not require watering on regular basis.  Indoor plants need a comparatively small space, can be wall mounted, kept in the corner, placed on a desk or side table.. Read More→

With the arrival of autumn and winter, many of us are now grateful that we can stay indoors whether it’s at home or at the office. The grey and dark days can seem very dull and we all need a little cheering up every now and again. With over half of the workforce spending more than a third of their waking hours at work, staying upbeat and motivated is not always easy.

When it comes to office morale it is fairly safe to say that we all have those days where the last thing we want to do is go to work and some might argue that the incentive to hide under the duvet when the alarm clock rings is even more apparent when its still dark and cold outside.

Once at work staying motivated and productive is not always about the way we feel personally, as many would suggest that the environment in which we work also plays a significant part in how we feel as employees. A grey and miserable office is hardly likely to inspire our creativity is it? With this in mind building and business managers have tried to come up with unique ways to help keep their staff happy and motivated during the working day. From bright paintwork to office exercise classes and the installation of computer consoles for lunch time use, you name it, business owners have tried it. But would you believe that office plants and planted office displays can actually help brighten both the office and your spirits?

For many years now academics have been looking into the health benefits associated with working in an office with office plants and planted office displays but there has also been much debate as to how beneficial office plants and other foliage can have on human emotions and moods. Since man has long had a very close relationship with nature it seems obvious that being close to plants and greenery would make us feel more relaxed and less stressed but in reality is this really the case?

Well according to one study conducted in the late 1980’s office plants do have a positive effect on employees. In 1986, Joan Aitken and Rodger Palmer from the University of Missouri discovered that the introduction of office plants made people feel more positive and made the spaces in which planted office displays were present feel much warmer and more welcoming than those that did not have any foliage present.

This was confirmed again in 1999 when a study called “Green Plants for the Feel Good Factor” from the Oxford Brookes University found that people get a more positive perception of indoor spaces that have office plants and generally feel less stressed and more relaxed in the presence of planted office displays.

Even artificial plants can make a huge impact on a dull and dreary office, especially if the office has no windows or views of the outside world. Just a little bit if greenery can make all the difference whether it’s a plastic plant on the top of your filing cabinet or a large planted office display in the reception area of your building.

In general then office plants it seems are a great way to help relax and inspire employees while at work even on those cloudy winter days. With positive effects on health and well being as well as creating a more positive and pleasant environment maintained office plants that are kept healthy can in turn help to keep your staff happy and healthy too!

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