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How to Clean Silk Plants

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Silk plants are a great alternative to using live foliage. They don’t require watering or light like natural plants, and you don’t ever have to worry about them withering and dying! However, as with anything sitting in the open, artificial silk plants will accumulate dust and dirt over time and will require cleaning to keep them looking bright and lively.

Cleaning silk plants can be difficult. If you’ve ever tried it, you know it’s not always as simple as dusting the plant, or wiping it with a damp cloth. Because of the complex shapes and surfaces of artificial foliage, wiping the leaves with a cloth won’t reach all the nooks and crannies where dust can settle. And feather dusters are no better! You also want to be mindful of how much dust you’re stirring up into the air with these methods. This displaced dust will just end up somewhere else, whether it’s on you or on surrounding surfaces. Using a can of compressed air is more effective at removing dust from hard-to-reach areas, but still stirs up dust and won’t remove any built up grime on your silks. Read More→

by Keyla London

Most people spend the majority of their day at work behind a desk so you need to think how you could revamp the office to address the health issues that your dedicated employees have. And for those companies thinking about taking a new office you might as well make the most of the move to put new health practices in place.

Paying attention to the health needs of staff is especially important because our environment can seriously damage your overall health levels, with you immune system becoming reduced and your mental well-being compromised. Just think what an uncomfortable chair can do to posture and your back or what a bad desk could do to the mental well-being of Tom on reception or Jean on the main desk. Read More→


Indoor Plants for Color

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Larry O’Neil, an outside landscape designer who hosts his own garden radio show, is very familiar to listeners in the Jacksonville, Florida area.  I found his video on colorful plants for indoor use very interesting and want to share it with by blog viewers.  Growing Expectations has been using most of the plants mentioned in the video in their landscape designs since the company’s inception. There is nothing more beautiful than those splashes of color inside our building lobbies and offices especially during the winter months when the outside landscape is brown, gray and white. I hope you enjoy the video as much as I did and for further information on the use of color in your indoor plantscape you can contact me at

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→

Having problems of a bare space inside your house? Are you confused on how to create a positive vibe around it? Or do you want your indoors to have a touch of Mother Nature?

All of these questions are commonly boggling the minds of many citizens in the United States today, especially those who are living in a highly urbanized area. These are also some of the common quandaries, that you can meet at home, especially if you are more of a nature-lover person, or you want to spice up your house spaces with a touch of the color “green.”

The best answer to these problems is simply by placing some indoor plants inside your home. Isn’t it fantastic? Or do you still want some good reasons for it? Read More→

By Ian MckIntosh

There are various indoor plants used for decorating houses and offices. The common and mostly used varieties are as given below:

Pothos or (Epipremnum aureum) – They make an excellent decoration. They can be used on hanging baskets or pots. The more sunlight and frequent watering, better the growth of these plants. They can also grow in less sunlight, thus making them ideal for dark areas. Amongst the varieties, the marbled queen has yellowish white leaves whereas the golden variety has golden streaks on its green leaves.

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by Robert William

Imagine yourself in a place where flowers are swaying gently and the scent of freshly pruned plants are blowing across the yard and you with your friends sipping a frosty glass of ice-cold gently sweetened blueberry slush to make your day unforgettable.  Such a place often relaxes and restores your inner peace. To enhance the interiors of your home or office, nowadays, people are opting for interior landscaping.  It is a practice of designing, arranging, and caring for living plants in indoor environment. It reshapes the interior by adding ornamentation, color, sculptural elements, and focal points and makes your area more lively and beautiful.

Interior landscaping is no longer restricted to home or residence, as it has gained the importance in public places, hotels, businesses and the corporate world.  No matter what the time of year, you can start doing interior landscaping to make your area greener and healthier. Some points that need to be considered while doing landscaping in indoor areas are: Read More→

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→

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