Archive for August, 2015

It’s That Time Of Year Again

August 25, 2015

DSCF0538IT’S HERE!!!! Yes, in August. Yes, before Halloween. Yes, we’re talking about Christmas!

That seems to be all we can think about here at Inside Plants lately. We have a severe case of tinsel on the brain.

We have a few tips for those of you out there… the first being, get your décor orders in early (especially for poinsettias)!

For those that may not have the time or the budget to invest in a lot of indoor or outdoor Christmas decorations, why not consider spending some extra time creating a beautiful Christmas door decoration instead? This is a popular way to make a holiday statement that everyone will appreciate.

The Classic Wreath
Perhaps the most well known option for Christmas door decorating is the wreath. It is simple, beautiful and traditional. In many cases, this is all that you will need to communicate your holiday festivities to those who visit you.

Wrapping Paper
Another way to add a much bolder statement to your Christmas door decorations is through the use of wrapping paper. If you want to cover your front door in something amazing try this. Use beautiful metallic colors such as silver, gold, green and reds. You may want to invest in an oversized bow to add to it to complete the look.

You may want to consider what is happening as guests arrive at your home or place of business.
For example, add lighting and decorations to the space that leads up to your front door so that the Christmas door decoration stands out and looks perfectly placed. Some items that you may want to consider including small, even mini sized trees, nutcrackers and decorative wreaths.

Perhaps you want to do something that will make a grand statement. For example, why not create a front entrance to your space that is actually just a huge greeting card? With a festive greeting on the outside and a place for guests to sign on the inside, it will serve not only as a Christmas door decoration but also something to help you remember the time.


Know The One That’s Right For Your Sapace

August 18, 2015

Pothos PicWhether for a home or business office, plants can do a lot. Choose them for everything from improving the mood in your office to actually cleaning the air quality. Below are plants that you might want to consider for your business and a little more about why you should choose each one.

Jade Plant
Jade, or Crassula ovata, is a small succulent plant with small flowers. It requires minimal watering and is known in Japanese folklore as the “money plant.” According to legend, it can lead to financial success. So the reason for having this plant in your office should be crystal clear!

Peace Lily
The peace lily, or Spathiphyllum, is a large plant that can also clean the air. In addition, the peace lily can grow even in low office lighting, so this is good news especially if you don’t have an office with a big window.

Chinese Evergreen
Chinese Evergreen, or Aglaonema, can make a great office plant because it requires very little maintenance. It can also thrive in low light and remove toxins from the air.

Parlor Palm
The parlor palm, or Chamaedorea elegans, is actually a small palm tree. For that reason, it can be great for separating parts of your office or work area. It can also add a bit of a tropical feel, but without requiring an excess of light.

Snake Plant
The snake plant, or Sansevieria trifasciata, has leaves that can grow fairly tall. So it can make for a great focal point or provide additional screening or separation in an office environment.

These plants are large climbers, which means they can add some height to small areas. They can also survive without a lot of maintenance.

These plants are small and come in several different varieties. They do require a significant amount of sunlight, so they are not recommended for dimly lit offices. But on the plus side, they also don’t need to be watered too often.

Warneck Dracaena
This shrub, also known as Dracaena reflexa, can grow to be very tall. So it is another plant that can provide separation of different office areas. And it also combats pollutants commonly found in varnishes and oils.

Ming Aralia
The Ming Aralia, or Polyscias fruticosa, is a tall, bushy plant. So it’s perfect for offices that require a bit of privacy between workstations. It also only requires water every couple of weeks.

Spider Plant
This plant, also known as Chlorophytum comosum, is one of the easiest plants to grow indoors. It is often displayed in hanging baskets, so it can also create some visual interest in an office space.

Weeping Fig
The weeping fig, or Ficus benjamina, is a large plant that can filter pollutants from carpets and furniture, such as formaldehyde and benzene.

ZZ Plant
The ZZ plant, or Zamioculas zamiifolia, is one of the most low-maintenance plants you can find. In addition, it can add a tropical feel to your space. And some of the plants even produce flowers.

Aloe plants are small enough to easily fit on most desks. They also have air-filtering qualities, with the ability to remove things like formaldehyde and benzene. The gel inside the plant can also be used to treat cuts and burns.

Umbrella Tree
The umbrella tree, or Schefflera arboricola, can grow to be quite tall, and thus is perfect for creating office privacy. But there are also smaller dwarf versions for desktops.

This plant, which is sometimes also referred to as the nerve plant or mosaic plant, can work well in offices because it actually thrives on fluorescent light.

The pothos plant, or Epipremnum aureum is a flowering plant that can fit perfectly on most desktops, though it may require occasional trimming. Aside from that, it’s very low maintenance and can be left on a desk for lengthy periods without needing much care.

Whether your concern is air quality or simply a bit of visual appeal, there are a variety of choices for office plants. We hope the list above starts you thinking about transforming your office environment.

Plants in Your Space

August 10, 2015

IMG_20140514_111416_821Based on several experimental studies, the presence of potted plants has been found to be helpful in many different settings including work, school, and hospitals.

In particular, plants have been shown to…
• Lower blood pressure (systolic)
• Improve reaction times
• Increase attentiveness
• Improve attendance (at work and school)
• Raise productivity (at work)
• Improve well-being
• Improve perceptions of the space
• Lower levels of anxiety during recovery from surgery
• Raise job satisfaction

Not bad, huh?! Feeling good around plants is probably not surprising. After all, we surround ourselves with plants during celebrations and tragedies (i.e., weddings and funerals, respectively). We also set aside “sacred” green space for parks and community gardens in our cities and communities. Relative to a barren environment, the research suggests that having plants around you is a good thing for your health and productivity. So, if you’re feeling stressed or inefficient at work, get a plant. You might just feel better.

All info here is derived from articles published in Psychology Today.

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