Archive for March, 2011

 

Kentia Palm – Good Luck, Success & Prosperity

 

Feng shui is an ancient Chinese practice of aesthetics believed to use the laws of both Heaven (astronomy) and Earth (geography) to help one improve life by receiving positive energy flow. This is the second article we are doing on feng shui. Debra Ringler of Personal Plant Service put together this excellent piece showcasing the element of wood.  Plants are a wood element and here are interior plants you can use to balance wood with the other elements.. Along with each plant is the area of your life they will improve.

In today’s economy, we can use any help we can get!  Feng Shui is the Chinese technique of arranging one’s possessions so that positive “chi” (energy) is in your home, office, or business. Some believe that by practicing Feng Shui, you will improve your health, increase your wealth and prosperity, develop better personal relations, and achieve your goals. Feng Shui is about balancing the elements of water, wood, fire, earth (soil), and metal. Plants are considered a wood element and that is what I am going to concentrate on in this article–using certain plants in certain areas to increase the positive energy around you. Read More→

Mar
27

How to Grow Herbs Indoors

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Marie Ianotti from About.com  has put together a great article on how to grow herbs indoors.  Although it is March, it is still too early in many parts of the country to plants outdoors. Also many of us live in apartments and do not have a place outdoors where we can plant.  Regardless of your constraints, you can have herbs growing all year round by planting a windowsill garden. And if you prefer them planted outside in the summer, you can bring them in in the fall, put then in pots and place them on your windowsill.  Many herb plants grow quite easily in containers and require only minimal care. You’ll be snipping fresh herbs in your kitchen and outside throughout the year. Read More→
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Do plants really make a difference in the work place?

In this fast paced technical age, employees are still a company’s most valuable asset but they are also the most expensive. In terms of the cost per square foot, the human asset is 10 times more expensive than building operating costs, and nearly 100 times more than energy cost.  When a business takes the steps to keep its human asset happy, everyone wins!

Our love for nature or biophilia is now being recognized as an important factor when creating interior environments.  It is my hope in this short article that you will see more than just a plant the next time you enjoy the interior greenery that enhances your office space.

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Mar
19

Plants You Can’t Kill

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These houseplants are the best place to start your collection. They are all easy to grow and can generally withstand erratic watering, uneven or bad light, and fluctuating temperatures. They’ll thrive in dorm rooms, offices and sometimes even dismal corners.

Golden pothos vine (Epipremnum pinnatum ‘aureum’)There’s a reason this vine is one of the most popular hanging plants around. In its native habitat, golden pothos grows into a tree-swallowing monster with huge yellow and green leaves. As a houseplant, the plant will grow aggressively from pots or trailing baskets with minimal care. They will easily root in a simple glass of water. With better care, large, mottled, mature leaves may develop.

 

 

Spider plant (Chlorophytum)A well-grown spider plant is a magnificent thing. The plant grows easily in baskets or atop columns, with arching leaves. The variegated variety is by far the most common. Over time, a mature plant will send out plantlets or offsets on long stems that form an impressive hanging display. These plantlets can be easily potted up to create new specimens. Spider plants are not picky about water, light or temperature. Read More→

Ferns are found over much of the earth’s surface, in an astonishing variety of textures and colors. There are over 10,000 identified varieties, approximately 200 appear in the United States, many more are being discovered every year. Everyone loves ferns. They can be hanging in a basket like a Boston fern or placed on the floor like an Australian tree fern.  There is something about the laciness of the leaves and the wonderful way the fronds unfurl from a small bud. They are a plant that has been around since prehistoric times. Below are five of the most common.

1. Boston Ferns

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Boston ferns and related nephrolepis species are among the world’s most popular ferns. These plants make great specimen and hanging plants, and they’re not overly fussy. Read More→

A few weeks ago I posted an article about the future of plants as a detection device for explosives. I just came across this article by Alex Wawro from PCWorld that goes in deeper detail on how this all works. It is nice to know that plants are fast becoming the darling of Homeland Security.

In the future, even the trees will be keeping tabs on us. Seven years of government-funded research to develop alternate avenues of national defense have finally borne fruit in the form of “plant sentinels,” color-changing, chemical-sniffing shrubbery created by Colorado State University biologist June Medford and her crack team of chemical researchers. According to a recent article in the Denver Post, the CSU team has modified common plants to change color in the presence of potentially hazardous chemicals like drugs, pollutants or even explosives.

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Interior plants do not only belong in offices and public spaces for their health benefits, they also belong in your home.  Houseplants do more than bring natural beauty to your home. As natural air purifiers, plants take in carbon dioxide and emit oxygen. They also can absorb airborne chemicals that are common in most homes. Called volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, these household pollutants come from some paints, varnishes, dry-cleaning fluids, tobacco smoke, and other sources. Add two or three air-cleaning plants to your living areas to help keep your home atmosphere healthier.

However, in most cases , plants in offices or public places are designed and maintained by professional plantscape companies who not only know what plants to use for specific light conditions but also know what their specific plant care needs are.  You, on the other hand, do not necessarily know what plants will do well in your home or the care they need to thrive. When positioning each plant, consider necessary light requirements, and follow plant-care instructions for a happy houseplant. Read More→

By Carl Liver

Offices. They can be very dull and boring, and bring down the atmosphere of the working environment. A lot of offices are very small, however some are very large, and what you usually find with large offices is that they have a lot of features that help the atmosphere of work. There are many ways to improve to working environment; however there is one way that has been proven to help the working environment! This would be office plants.

Now office plants have been proven to help every person in the working environment! Why? A program of plant displays creates a lasting impression in your head for both you and your clients. This also improves the quality of the air that you breathe every day that you work. Finally, another benefit of office plants is that it helps employee’s satisfaction towards work. This was proven to be an amazing way to improve working environment. Read More→

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