Archive for July, 2011

Growing Expectations is a member of many organizations that work to promote green principles in business. The following article was written by a fellow interior plantscaper, John.E.Williams, who shares our commitment to make all buildings green.

Everybody knows that living plants enhance indoor spaces, adding a touch of natural beauty and color to our daily lives. We forget that they also give off oxygen and, according to NASA research, actually remove harmful indoor pollutants from the air we breath. No wonder leading architects and building managers have incorporated green and blooming plants into their buildings for years.

Today’s builders and property managers are more concerned than ever about improving air quality, but they also need to reduce energy costs and minimize the environmental footprints of their buildings. They want to decrease their reliance on fossil fuels and other natural resources, while making their buildings as healthy, energy efficient, and earth-friendly as possible. One tool developed to work toward these objectives is the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system, guiding us toward buildings with little or no net energy use and environmental impact. Read More→

I have been posting articles on this blog for over a year. The response during this time has been from lukewarm to hot.  But I have never had the response that I received from my article on indoor bamboo plants. I had no idea bamboos were that popular so I decided to look for more articles on  this plant to post for my readers. This article is a simple how-to source for growing bamboo indoors successfully from a site called Complete Bamboo – Bamboo Information Resource.

Bamboo is a beautiful plant to keep in the house and will thrive under the right conditions. The conditions that bamboo needs to grow well indoors vary between species, with some more suited to be grown inside than others. The right pottery will give your home or office a very organic and inviting look. We have listed some general guidelines for growing bamboo in your home below.

The first thing to consider before bring bamboo into your homeif you have a place that receives enough sunlight on a daily basis. Most bamboo plants will require at least six hours of direct sun per day. Some varieties are more shade tolerant than others, so be sure to choose the plant wisely. As a general rule of thumb, the more sunlight you can offer the plant the better. Read More→

So many of my readers are just happy to know how to take care of their plants, to just keep them alive. However, after we learn how to be successful in taking care of our plants maybe it is time for the next step. Propagation is perhaps the most exciting procedures for increasing your plant family. It’s simple and satisfying to create offspring from favorite plants. Try it! You have nothing to lose because you still have your original plant. Read More→

by Roger Vernon

Bamboo is an excellent, exotic and fun addition to ant garden and is one of the best office plants. It is a versatile choice for a variety of purposes in any yard or garden. It grows rapidly and requires little maintenance. This article gives insights to caring for bamboo.

Where Does Bamboo Grow?

When many people think of bamboo, images of overgrown swamps and jungles come to mind. But this versatile plant has many varieties and can add an exotic flair to almost any area. Read More→


Do Plants Need Soil to Grow?

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I try to include many different topics in my blog, not only issues that relate to interior plantscaping. After looking back on my many blogs, I noticed that there us a very important type of growing plants that I have never addressed: hydroponics. Sharon Falsetto wrote a great article to introduce my readers to hydroponics. There are some types of plants which grow without the need for soil; these types of plants are known as hydroponic plants and air plants. I hope you find it informative and that sparks your interest.

by Dennis Holley

We always hear about plants, both indoor and outdoor, being poisonous. I have addressed this topic in a previous blog a while ago. I recently found this article by Dennis Holley which I feel is more informative as it addresses different kinds of “poisonous”, taking into account allergies. Add this to your list of articles on poisonous plants. We can never have too much information on such an important topic.
There are nearly 70,000 reported plant poisonings a year in this country on average.

Plants with poisonous parts can be found in homes, flower gardens and vegetable gardens. In fact, more than 700 species of plants located in the United States and Canada have caused severe illness or death in humans.

While not highly toxic except for some food allergies, other plants can cause a host of irritating problems such as respiratory allergies, contact dermatitis, and food allergies which can make life miserable. Read More→

by Christine Eirshele
Houseplant gardeners who grow tropicals can use this list of indoor plant ideas to add green foliage to shady dark corners away from windows.

Houseplant gardeners, as the moniker implies, grow their gardens inside. To take full advantage of every open space, indoor gardeners try to find plants that will not only survive for the moment but thrive and become part of a healthy plant collection.

The challenge for a houseplant gardener is the shady location, that dark corner away from windows streaming bright light. Although the Sanseveria plant, also called mother-in-law tongue, is famous for growing well in low light, there are more tropical houseplants for indoor shade. This short list includes a fern, some sturdy tropicals with large green leaves and dramatic tall plants that will add structure to the indoor garden. Read More→

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