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National Indoor Plant Week: Why Plants?

National Indoor Plant Week: Why Plants?

Humans have an innate connection to nature. In fact, it’s science. Biophilia is the word used to identify this relationship – that our connection to the natural world is an important part of what makes us humans. We want to take a moment and celebrate National Indoor Plant Week by exploring why having plants in our spaces speaks to our intrinsic biophilic instincts. Green Team at work!

Throughout human history, we have continually spent more and more time indoors inside built environments. These usually consist of concrete, steel, plaster and other cold materials that are far from natural. We lack the warmth, softness and greenery that humans have lived and worked around for centuries. Moss Wall - Art Installation

Something changes in people when we reintroduce plants and greenery into our living and working spaces. Researchers in a recent study from Harvard concluded that employees in green-certified offices (spaces with plants) get a 26 percent boost in cognition and 30 percent fewer sickness-related absences. Respondents also reported a 6 percent rise in their sleep quality, perhaps due to lower stress levels.

An Exeter University study found that employees were 15 percent more productive if they were working in a ‘green’ office than peers in more spartan environments. Bringing plants into our offices can actually improve our businesses, from the bottom line to employee well-being. That’s some serious green – in more ways than one! Green Team Our Green Team sees these benefits every day and we would love to share our plants with you. Celebrate National Indoor Plant Week with us and give our greens a try. Call us today at 501-821-5770 and let our plant care professionals design the perfect biophilic space for you. You can also submit this form online for a free quote today!

Top 5 Low-Light-Loving Plants

As the days grow shorter, it is important to pay attention to the amount of light your indoor plants receive. Our Green Team at PLANTation Services is here to help with a quick list of our top 5 low-light-loving plants!   In order to determine a low light plant, you first have to identify what “low light” is. Light levels are measured in foot-candles, how bright the light is one foot away from the source. The average light indoors ranges from 50 fc to 500 fc, so make sure your plants can survive within this range for indoor spaces with low light.

1. English Ivy (100 – 200 fc) 

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Ivy plants bring a bit of the outdoors in with bright green, white or yellow colors. There are many varieties of ivy, but the English ivy cultivars are the most common type of ivy grown in homes. English ivy grows well in low light and cool temperatures. The solid green leaf will tolerate low light while the varieties with variegated leaves will require medium light conditions to keep their variegation. The way ivy falls along the sides of furniture gives indoor spaces a delicate and refined look.

2. Chinese Evergreens (50 – 250 fc)

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Chinese evergreens are a very popular houseplant because of their low-maintenance care. Moderate or low-light placement suits these plants just fine as they enjoy being in indirect sunlight. A warmer, humid environment is ideal for these indoor plants. Make sure you don’t overwater these plants or you’ll risk root rot. Keep all conditions moderate, and the Chinese evergreen will be an easy addition to your space.

3. Dracaena species (50 – 250 fc) 

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Sometimes called a Dragon Tree, this plant species is large and in charge. These plants do well in medium and low light. They thrive indoors with warmer temperatures and constant moisture. But if you want to keep these plants vibrantly colored, move them into brightly lit areas and watch them flourish.

4. Peace Lily (50 – 250 fc)

 

These versatile plants come in many shapes and sizes. Different types such as the ‘Power Petite’ and ‘Sweet Chico’ will stay small on a table top, but certain peace lilies in a large pot can grow up to six feet tall. They prefer indirect light, so as long as your room has a window, this plant will continue to grow. They are constantly producing bloom after bloom of beautiful, white, flag-like petals. This flexible plant would be a perfect addition to any indoor space.

5. Parlor Palm (50 – 250 fc) 

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The parlor palm also known as neanthe bella palm or Chamaedorea elegans, is slow-growing and low-light-loving. This palm can reach up to four feet tall and makes an elegant statement. If it is put in the lower end of its light spectrum, the parlor palm will begin to thin. Generally, this palm only needs its soil watered when it is dry to the touch. But in winter months like these, an occasional mist will keep this plant thriving. These low-light-loving plants are the picture-perfect addition to your wintertime décor.

Unsure which plant is the perfect fit? Our Green Team can help! Our indoor plant experts will design the perfect plantscape for your indoor space. Whether it is an office, a retail space, or your home, PLANTation Services can find the ideal plant and help keep them thriving all year long. Give us a call today and find out why we were voted Arkansas’ Best Interior Plant Service 13 years in a row!

Poinsettias from PLANTation Services

Poinsettias from PLANTation Services Poinsettias are practically synonymous with the holidays. Everyone who has purchased one is familiar with the struggle to keep them vibrant through the months of holiday cheer. Kick off the season by adding these beauties to your holiday décor and the Green Team at PLANTation Services guarantees to keep your poinsettias healthy through the holidays.
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Get your orders in today! November 17 is the deadline if you want to receive your plants in early December. Orders are still taken after this date, but you’ll receive the plants closer to mid-December. Many plants in the Euphorbiaceae family, like poinsettias, ooze a milky sap. Be careful if you have a latex allergy, as you may experience a skin reaction after touching the leaves, and be sure to keep young pets away from the plant as the sap may cause irritation or nausea if ingested. These leaves are often mistaken as flowers, but the showy red portions are simply a modified leaf or bract.

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  Poinsettias are a festive touch to any space. They can be ordered as gifts for friends, family or corporate clients, or you can warm up your home with poinsettias and enliven your holiday decorating. Lastly you may want to spruce up your office by adding a few to your workspace and for just $5 more per plant you can have the green team guarantee their care throughout the holiday season.


Interested in poinsettias? Call PLANTation Services today! Be sure to get your orders in before November 17 if you want to receive them early. We guarantee healthy plants through the holidays – that’s one less thing you have to worry about! Let our Green Team take care of your holiday plant décor and allow you to enjoy the holidays with peace of mind.

BOO-tiful Plants for Halloween

BOO-tiful Plants for Halloween
Looking for a new way to decorate for Halloween? Check out these spooky looking indoor plants from PLANTation Services. We can help design the perfect indoor landscape or centerpiece to complement your Halloween décor and keep those plants healthy through All Hallow’s Eve.

Corkscrew Rush

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Electrify your Halloween décor with the corkscrew rush! This plant’s long, spiraled tendrils give off a creepy aesthetic, almost as if the plant can come to life before your eyes. The spiraling habit of the grass-like plant has the botanical name Juncus Effusus Spiralis. The corkscrew rush is a very versatile plant. It thrives equally in well-drained soil or slightly marshy areas. In fact, the corkscrew rush is an excellent plant to use in or near water features, since it flourishes in watery soil.

Spider Plants

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The name alone might give you a clue as to why we chose this creepy plant for your Halloween décor. It is named for its spider-like leaves, or spiderettes, which dangle down from the root plant like spiders on a web Spider plants are adaptable houseplants but perform best in high light situations. You may encounter brown tips on the spiderettes, which are usually caused by fluoride in tap water.

Cockscomb

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This blood-red, brain-like flower can give your guests a spooky feeling as they walk in your door this Halloween! You might also hear it called Wool Flower or Brain Celosia. Although originally named for its resemblance to the red comb on a rooster’s head, this plant comes in cat-eye yellow, paranormal pink, ominous orange and ghostly white. They make excellent cut flowers and last a long time in a vase, yet another way they are perfect for seasonal decorating. They also dry well and can be used next year.

Alocasia

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These gargantuan leaves could leave you a bit startled with their size! There are many words to describe the Alocasia genus — stunning, architectural, jewel-like, skeletal — and all of them are appropriate. Native to Asia, the Alocasia is also called an Elephant Ear or African Mask Plant. Some varieties of this plant can grow as tall as a tree while others are perfect additions to color bowls for your inside décor, either way they bring quite a statement to your space!

Feeling spooked by these plants? Let PLANTation Services face your fears by designing and maintaining your indoor Halloween landscape or your entrance combo pots. Whether it’s a creative centerpiece or a statement-making design, our Green Team will help create the perfectly ghoulish look! Give us a call today!

What Determines Flower Color and Fragrance?

What Determines Flower Color and Fragrance?

The attractive smells and colors of flowers make a room come alive and an event extra special. But, have you ever stopped to think about how flowers get their color and fragrance? Even the smallest of flowers have intricate internal systems that create a unique experience for every plant, pollinator and passerby.

Fragrance

Not all flowers emit a pleasant fragrance. Many flowers’ names give them away, such as the corpse lily or the skunk cabbage. Many flowers have specific and iconic scents that make them popular, like the rose or the gardenia. Understanding of the biochemical processes in flowers has greatly increased in recent decades. For example, the number of known chemicals in a rose’s fragrance increased from 20 to 400 between the years of 1953 and 2006. These chemicals are housed at the base of the male stamen in the flower in nectaries. Fragrance compounds are created here as the nectary secretes sugars and amino acids. The flowers vaporize and release these compound molecules as gas, giving them unique smells that attract pollinators and humans!

Color

Much like the color of your hair, flower colors are determined long before the flowers are born – it’s in their DNA! Color comes from a flower’s hereditary genome. These genomes determine what pigments a flower will have, and pigments yield different colors. Flavanoids are the most important of all plant pigments for flower coloration. For example, anthocyanins are compounds that create colors like red, purple, blue and pink, and are compounds found in the flavanoid class.

Flower color and fragrance serve an important purpose outside of our enjoyment. Brightly colored flowers attract bees and insects that act as pollinators. When insects land on the flower to drink nectar or honey, pollen sticks to their legs and gets carried to the insect’s next plant. Specific smells attract specific pollinators. Bees and flies pollinate sweet smelling flowers, while flowers with spicy or musty scents attract beetles for pollination. Insects can distinguish between different fragrances, choosing not only their favorite scent, but also the most potent flower with that scent. Fragrances and colors encourage plant pollination, which means we will continue to have bright, beautiful flowers!

Whether you are planning a special event or looking to decorate your indoor space, PLANTation Services can help. We work with our clients to design interior landscapes based on their color and fragrance preferences. Whether you want bright and fragrant spaces or prefer more neutral colors and subtle fragrances, our Green Team can help. We prep and groom the plants ahead of installation, then provide ongoing care throughout their indoor lives. Let the Green Team at PLANTation Services help you design and maintain the perfect planted surroundings for your space!

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