Archive for November, 2013

Taking care of succulents

November 21, 2013

coribouquet2Lately rooms in home décor magazines are accented with cool little plants known as succulents.  They are all the rage, and for good reason! They’re elegant and can be used for everything from centerpieces to lining a walkway.  Different varieties of succulents are so beautiful that Palm Springs florist My Little Flower Shop uses them in bridal bouquets.

What’s the best part about succulents?  The smaller “entry level” plants won’t break the bank and caring for them doesn’t require a master’s degree in horticulture.

Here’s what they need:

  • Turn on some light!  Succulents need light, but don’t put them in direct sun or they will burn.
  • Water carefully.  The leaves of succulents take in and hold water, so be sure not to overwater.  A spray bottle is your best bet, and make sure the plant has “dried” before watering again.  The excellent blog Succulents and Sunshine offers are great explanation.
  • Prune and watch it grow!  For less experienced plant parents, the pruning shears seem scary, but keeping your succulents neat and tidy is essential to making it thrive.  Fiskars offers helpful advice on this, and great tools for everything from gardening to crafts.

So now you’re ready to set up your container garden.  Get your hands dirty, and have fun with your succulents!

Not quite ready to create your own greenscape? For information about having succulents provided and cared for in your home, or any indoor plant maintenance issues, please contact us. Inside Plants has been providing top quality home and commercial plant maintenance in Southern California for over 35 years.  www.insideplants.net

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Truly Unique Holiday Gifts

November 15, 2013

ImageShopping for the person who has everything is a problem that crops up year after year. Creative gifting can be taxing! Let us help you with some unique holiday gift ideas.

  • Give them the stars.  Well, not ALL the stars, but one in particular will bear your gift-ee’s name for eternity.  The folks at the International Star Registry will select a special star, and send you its coordinates and a lovely certificate. As they say on their website, “We publish all names in the astronomical compendium Your Place in the Cosmos©, which is registered in the U.S. Copyright Office.” Heavenly!
  • The best chef, at the best table. Yours! These days, the ultimate luxury is being spoiled at home.  Why not bring your favorite chef to create the ultimate dinner at your home?  Personal chefs abound, and even famous restaurant chefs are often amenable to a private booking.  Ask at your favorite dining spot.
  • The joy of plants, with none of the hassle.  Everyone would like to have a green thumb, but many homes have no plants because people fear killing them. How lovely to be given a custom interior plant design, and maintenance for a year. Plants are selected, arranged, and then regularly maintained without the homeowner lifting a finger.

Try these gift ideas for your friends and family who’ve seen it all.  The best part? No lines on Black Friday.

To learn more about home plant services, or any indoor plant maintenance issues, please contact us. Inside Plants has been providing top quality home and commercial plant maintenance in Southern California for over 35 years.  www.insideplants.net

What Do We Do?

November 8, 2013

ImagePeople ask us, “What does Inside Plants do?”  The boiled down answer: we provide and care for plants across Southern California.  They don’t understand.  “Who needs that?” they say.  “Go to a nursery.  Buy some plants, and a watering can.” For the doubtful, let’s take a tour of a few places our services can make a big difference.

First stop?
The Big Company.  This business knows greenery in the office is scientifically proven to improve productivity, and aesthetically makes a better impression on clients and visitors. With reception areas, offices, and conference rooms, they need a lot of plants, and in the right places.  Do you see the CEO of this company wandering the fertilizer aisle at Lowe’s?  Me neither.

Next on our tour, we visit…
The Realtor.  Our fictional realtor is wildly successful, because she stages homes beautifully, right down to the plants.  Each one is placed just so – with the help of an expert. Trust me, this realtor is not speeding from listing to listing with a van full of succulents and an “as seen on TV” hose.

On to…
The Travelling Man. Modern life and careers are bi-coastal and sometimes bi-continental! When our traveler touches down at his Palm Springs pied-a-terre full of plants., he wants to see them vibrant and happy. He could buy all the watering cans in California, but if no one’s there to use them, it’s sayonara pretty greenscape.

These are just a few examples of our what our designers do, and then our team maintains.  No matter who you are, or the nature of your business, Inside Plants can green up your home or office, and make sure you “don’t get caught with your plants down.”

To learn more about what we do, or discuss any indoor office plant maintenance issues, please contact Inside Plants. We have been providing premiere home and office plant maintenance in Southern California for over 35 years. www.insideplants.net

Poinsettia Not Poisonous

November 1, 2013

Picture1Are poinsettia plants fatally poisonous? No, but don’t go making salads.

Poinsettia plants are an easy and cost-effective way to decorate for the holidays. But rumors swirl – are they fatally poisonous? The answer is no.  That is not to say you should throw poinsettia in with the arugula salad, or use it in crafts. The sap in poinsettia can cause adverse reactions. Here are some good ground rules for those you love:

  • PETS Ingesting poinsettia, or any plant not known to be edible, is never a good idea.  Although not fatal, the sap in the leaves will cause stomach upset, rash and skin irritation.  The “bounce” of the leaves is attractive to playful cats and other animals.  Add 1/8 teaspoon of cayenne pepper to a spray bottle of water and spritz the plants to ward them off.
  • KIDS Again, you want to avoid kids having contact with the plants.  Toddlers tend to touch bright things, and everything ends up in their mouths.  Plants of any kind are not meant for tiny tummies.  Additionally, the poinsettia sap can cause a reaction in those with a latex allergy.  Best to have your holiday design place plants out of reach, or move them when you have young visitors.

Let’s hope adults know enough not to pick at plants or eat them, but it’s a public service at holiday time to spread the truth about these beautiful plants.  They’ve been shut out of too many homes and offices as a result of bad information. By sharing this knowledge, you can make the season more festive for friends and family for years to come.

Would you like to learn more about decorating with plants for the holidays and beyond? Please contact us todayInside Plants has been providing top quality home and commercial plant maintenance in Southern California for over 35 years.


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