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by Robin Paul

Keeping your office a bright and lively place to work is very important these days. This can increase your staff’s productivity, as well as make the place a more pleasant environment to work in every day. With plants, you can do all this, as well as getting a very reasonable price for the service.

Office plants are a great investment for your company as they bring with them so many benefits. Not only do plants make the office space welcoming and bright, they make your workers feel more at home. This means your office space can be more productive. Staff will enjoy their time there, while clients will want to come back when they realise what a positive work space and work force they have. Read More→

by Will Creed

Over the years a number of ideas have come to be accepted as part of the conventional wisdom of plant care. Some of these ideas started with nursery growers who developed their plant care techniques based on the optimal conditions that they can create in their greenhouses and nurseries. Unfortunately, some of these practices are inappropriate for houseplant owners growing plants in more trying circumstances. No wonder so many people believe they just don’t have green thumbs.

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Just about everyone knows that plants are great for producing oxygen and contributing to a zen feeling in any environment. But did you know that they can clinically reduce stress, fight colds, remove contaminants, and even stop headaches? Read on to find out about the great health benefits associated with house plants. 

  1. Plants can help fight colds: Indoor plants have been shown to reduce cold-related illnesses by more than 30%. This is due to their effect of increasing humidity levels and decreasing dust.
  2. Plants can remove airborne contaminants: We breathe the same air again and again, potentially inhaling harmful substances that are trapped inside. Indoor plants can help to remove pollutants including VOCs that cause headaches, nausea, and more.
  3. Plants can stop your headaches: Filling your home with plants can decrease or eliminate headaches. With plants, you’re much less likely to be breathing the kind of stuffy, stale air that contributes to headaches.
  4. Plants can make you happy: House plants can contribute to a feeling of well-being, making you calmer and more optimistic. Studies have shown that patients who face a garden view in their hospital rooms often recover more quickly than those facing a wall. Read More→

 

I get many requests from my readers to suggest the easiest houseplant to grow. There are many types of houseplants but only one is very attractive, sturdy, and does not need much care. This non-messy houseplant is the golden pothos that is recognized by many other names, like Devil’s Ivy Silver Vine, Centipede Tongavine, and Solomon Islands’ Ivy. It’s also known as variegated philodendron, but is a choice of pothos plant.

There are many other varieties like jade pothos with green leaves, marble queen pothos with white variegations on green leaves, etc. As the name rightly suggests, golden pothos has golden yellow designs on the leaves. It’s said that this plant is native to Solomon Islands and several parts of southeast Asia.  Golden pothos can be a vine with green stems that produce heart-shaped leaves with golden variegation. Nearly all of the golden pothos grown as houseplants are situated to have entire leaves which have a maximum length of around five inches. But, adult golden pothos leaves is often as long as twenty inches and it’s primarily observed in its natural habitat. Read More→

I found this wonderful article on gardening for kids by Melissa and it was on a Canadian gardening site called The Garden Post.

IMG_6780 I have grown to love gardening . Not only is it relaxing and rewarding, but it is also a great learning tool for children. My boys have grown to love our garden as much (or even more) than I do. I think it is a good lesson for them to learn to care and take responsibility of maintaining a garden. It also helps them understand where their food comes from, and can help them try new foods (and have fun in the kitchen!)

However, I know that all plants are not created equal and therefore are harder than others. So, here is a list of 3 types of plants that should be easy to grow for kids (and beginners): Read More→

By Will Creed

Plant symptoms, such as wilting, yellow leaves, and brown leaf tips, are indications that something is wrong with your plant. However, these symptoms are not very good at revealing just what the cause of the problem is. When you see these symptoms, it tells you something is wrong, but you will have to be a bit of a detective to find the cause and the cure. Listed below are some guidelines that are listed in order of probability. Start at the top and work your way down the list.

First: Check the pot size. Have you recently moved your plant into a larger pot or added new soil? If so, this is the most likely cause of your plant’s problems. Unnecessary repotting and over potting are the most common cause of plant problems. Read More→

A great houseplant can really make the difference in an otherwise boring or drab room. Houseplants are perhaps not quite as bold as their outdoor counterparts, but they often poses a subtle beauty that can provide aesthetic pleasure for a long time. If you are a plant nut and love to have some green space wherever you go, consider purchasing a houseplant and experimenting with it. If your home has very little natural light, like mine, you might also want a low light house plant. It might sound like a contradiction to speak of any plant, houseplants included, as low light, but there are many different species that thrive in low light conditions. That dark corner or cranny of your house that always seems uninviting could contain something beautiful and productive. Before you invest in a low light house plant consider some basic facts about them: Read More→

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