So many plants to choose from with so many benefits.! You know how you have that nasty new carpet smell? Well, add a couple of pothos and a ficus or two and, voila, the plants will absorb the odor in no time. How about the paint or lacquer smell? This is where those great dracaenas or spathiphyllums will work wonderfully. And how about a rubber smell? Well, that’s where the aglaonemas or ivies really can help you out. And the most important thing about all these plants is not only are they working for you, but they look great as well. Enjoy! www.insideplants.net
The sansevieria is a great plant for removing formaldehyde-based toxins in the air. These toxins are produced from carpeting, cleaners, foam insulation, furniture, paper products, plywood and particle board. The snake plant or mother-in-law’s tongue, as this plant is commonly called, can be used almost anywhere throughout your home or office. They can handle low to medium light and really don’t require much water. They are a succulent and hold water in their leaves. If you ever take the plant apart, you will see that it does not have much of a root system. Its clean lines look great in any contemporary interior. www.insideplants.net
Ficus trees can be so annoying. They can be fussy and temperamental, just like a toddler. But the benefit of having one in your interior environment definitely outweighs the negative elements. Did you know that they can remove formaldehyde-based toxins from the air? Products such as carpeting, cleaners, foam insulation, furniture, paper products, plywood and particle board produce this nasty contaminant. So it you just remodeled your home or office and you want to get ride of that offensive smell, try a ficus or two. And make sure you add Vitamin B-1 when you bring them in. It reduces the leaf loss. www.insideplants.net
Want to learn how to water a plant? Heddy Salerno of Inside Plants, Inc explains in this video with Ron Stark on the voice of the Inland Empire.
Want to know how to re-pot a plant? Heddy Salerno of Inside Plants, Inc explains in this video with Ron Start of on the voice of the Inland Empire.
Want to know how to pick the perfect plant? Heddy Salerno of Inside Plants, Inc explains in this video.
What is that that colorful flowering plant that looks so beautiful and tropical you may ask? We see them in offices, homes and nurseries all over and most of us don’t know what they are. Well they’re bromeliads. Not only do these lovely plants brighten up any space they are also a very hearty plant that can adapt well in most situations are grow beautifully in pots.
Fun facts about Bromeliads:
- They’re in the pineapple family
- Their waxy leaves shape themselves like a bowl to collect water and larger species can hold more than a gallon!
- There’s over 3,000 species of bromeliads
Let us bring a little tropical flare to your home or office, ask about our array of bromeliads.
Did you know that leaves do many things for plants and people?
Unlike any other organism, plants are able to manufacture their own food. Their leaves provide this function. Through their pores (stomata) they take in carbon dioxide for photosynthesis and release oxygen, the by-product of their respiration process. This is why the stomata are sometimes referred to as the plant’s lungs. Leaves also serve as “air cleaners” for people, providing our oxygen and removing carbon dioxide from the air.
The veins in the leaf carry food produced by the leaves to the plant’s areas of growth and bring up water and minerals absorbed through the roots.
Many leaves store water. Leaves utilize some water in the process of photosynthesis, an any excess moisture is transpired as a vapor through their pores. This in turn cools the leaves and they surrounding environment. That is why it is so much cooler under a shaded tree. Not only do the leaves block the sun but also the air is cooled by the moisture vapor of the transpiring plant.
Leaves store, and later shed, the plant’s waste products. Leaves are often the “protectors” of the plant. Through spines, fuzzy hairs and sometimes markings deceive the pests. Some help the plant climb to access more light. Some leaves have even turned their job over to the stems, when the leaves have become a liability.Leaves decompose and provide more nitrogen/nutrients for the plant to take up through the roots.
You didn’t know leaves are so busy, did you?
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Part 2- Plant Style
OK, we discussed how important light is, now, let’s try to figure out what else you need when you want to choose the “right” plant. I would like to think of this section as the “designer” part, what kind of plant you will need for your location. You need to consider the space that the plant is going to go in.
- Do you need something more vertical?
- Can the plant be bushy?
- Do you want it to canopy at the top?
- Do you want foliage from the top of the soil to the top of the plant?
- How tall do you want it?
- Are you going to have to walk around the plant to get somewhere?
- For a table top, do you want it upright or trailing or flowering?
- Do you want something more architectural or unusual?
Again, you are narrowing down what plants will actually work for where you want them. If you want to put a plant next to a desk in an interior office, but don’t have much space between the end of the desk and the wall, maybe selecting a Dracaena Lisa or Dracaena Marginata would work. Another factor to consider for Dracaenas would be if you wanted “tips” or “cutback”. If you wanted something fuller and wider, go with the “tips”. For something narrower, get the “cutback”.
There is still so much more to discuss when choosing a great plant for your great location.