Archive for May, 2010

How to Choose the Right Plant – Plant Style

May 17, 2010

Part 2- Plant Style

Dracaena Lisa

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.


How to Choose the Right Plant – Lighting

May 11, 2010

Part 1-Lighting

Lighting for your Plants

How to choose the “right” plant is a huge question with so many variables. What kind of light it will get is so important. That’s where the plant makes its food. When I go to a new account, especially if it’s a take over, these are some of the question I ask myself. Here are some questions for you to ask yourself before you purchase any plant:

  • Is the light considered high, medium, low, or none at all? This is measured by Footcandles. (FYI, if you are looking at “no light”, like a dark bathroom, save yourself money and consider an artificial. Really, nothing grows in a cave).
  • Is the plant going near a window?
  • Does the light come from the north, east, south or west?
  • Are the window coverings open or closed during the day?
  • Is it an interior office with no windows?
  • Are the fluorescent lights going to be on at least 8 hours per day?
  • How about heating and air conditioning? Will the temperature be between 60F and 80F?

Once you have answered these questions, you can start narrowing down what plants will actually work for where you want them. So, for instance, if you want a plant on the opposite side of the room away from the window in north light, you may want to consider a Dracaena Lisa or Janet Craig. This would not be a great location for a Ficus Benjamina. Try a south or west window for that one, and cross your fingers.

In my next blog, I’ll discuss other factors to choosing a great plant for your great location.

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