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Air Plants: What are they and how do they survive?

Air Plants: What are they and how do they survive?  

Air plants, otherwise known as Tillandsia, are native plants to the southern United States, Mexico, Central and South America, and have the ability to thrive in the warm temperatures, despite neglect. With over 650 types of Tillandsia, these unique looking plants survive without soil OR water.  

Air plants use their specialized leaves to obtain from the air the water and nutrients they need to survive. The roots of the air plant are simply used for attaching themselves to rocks, trees, shrubs and the ground. Most air plants grow with long, triangle shaped leaves and boast attractive funnel or tube-shaped flowers, offering beautiful architectural elements.   Although air plants are easy to maintain, they do need proper care to live a long, lasting life. Constant air circulation is key to keeping Tillandsia varieties happy, along with very minimal watering. This can be achieved by misting daily or submerging the plants in water weekly.

Tillandsia Varieties, courtesy of www.pinterest.com

  Air plants are lovers of the light and are best suited in high light situations in the indoor environment. Wild varieties tend to grow on trees or in areas that offer moist ground and partial shade. Tillandsia species also make fine companions on a planted branch with orchids since they essentially like the same conditions. Since air plants are naturally suited to growing in trees, they can be lashed to a piece of drift wood or the trunk of another plant using translucent fishing monofilament and a bit of sphagnum moss to add extra moisture. Hanging air plants are a popular design element.

Photo courtesy of www.pinterest.com

  Love the look of air plants, but aren’t certain of the best way to display or care for them? Call in the Green Team at PLANTation Services! We are experts at indoor plant care and are able to create the best environment for your plants – air plants included – to thrive. As a full-service plant provider, we can help you choose the best plants for your indoor space and provide their ongoing guaranteed care.

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!

Water Quality Month

Just like all living things, plants rely on water for survival. But before filling up that watering can, take a minute to think about the quality of the water coming out of your spout! Here are a few tips for understanding water quality and how to prevent plant illness and issues stemming from it:
   

Fluoride is a chemical added to water to prevent tooth decay; however, some indoor plants are sensitive to it. Palms, spider plants and dracaenas are just a sampling of plants that can be adversely impacted by fluoride. Although acceptable and safe for human consumption, the levels of fluoride in tap water are far too much for these plants to handle, resulting in toxicity and strong hindrance of photosynthesis and other processes.

Tap water can also contain salts for softening the water; salt is a nutrient most plants do not like. The amount of sodium that a water softener adds depends on the “hardness” of the water, or how much calcium and magnesium exists in the water. The root systems absorb the sodium and a salt accumulation builds up on the soil, creating a white crust. The absorption of the sodium in the root system creates plant injury, in turn yellowing the leaves and stems.
   

Levels of pH can also have damaging effects on indoor plants. Water pH is the measure of acidity (sourness) or alkalinity (sweetness). The mineral aluminum can be dissolved at pH levels below 5.0, creating a toxic level for plant growth. To be safe, nutrients are most available to plants at a pH of 5.5 to 7.0 range.

Simply put, using the cleanest water possible, such as rainwater or filtered water, will keep your plants on a healthy growth curve. By using PLANTation Services for your indoor plant maintenance, you can avoid water issues that could harm your plants. The Green Team at PLANTation Services makes sure your indoor landscaping stays healthy. It is no surprise our clientele vote us Arkansas Business’ Best of the Best Interior Plant Service year after year!

Have You Thanked A Weed Today? | PLANTation Services | Indoor Plants Little Rock

Despite the recent “snowpocalypse” that hit the Little Rock area early this month, it looks like spring is finally here! At PLANTation Services, plants are our specialty. If you need indoor plants in Little Rock, real or artificial office plants in North Little Rock, or indoor landscaping in Conway, our dedicated Green Team has everything you need.

Not surprisingly, spring is our favorite time of year – the time when flowers bloom, plants grow and everything just starts to come alive. All of which begs the question: have you thanked a weed today?

That’s right – a weed! March 28th is Weed Appreciation Day. No, not what you’re thinking. Even though they can cause headaches in your garden, there’s a lot we owe to these pesky weeds. Here is one weed that you may remember from your childhood, and a few reasons why it may be better just to let those weeds live.

Lazy Dandelion Days
Weed Appreciation Day Indoor Plants Little Rock

Oh dandelions – you remember, those bright yellow flowers filled with milk? Maybe you used them to make flower stem necklaces? Maybe you crushed their flowers to make a bright yellow dye for art projects? Or, depending on the season, maybe you used to lie on the lawn blowing the white puffballs at the sky to watch the seeds drift away? And here’s a little-known secret – you can even eat them. Take some dandelion greens, onions, basil and tomatoes and you have a pretty tasty little salad. Got some garlic and olive oil? Sautee those suckers. There’s plenty you can do with dandelions.

Some people hunt these plants down, ripping them from their garden and using harsh pesticides. Sure, a perfectly manicured lawn may look tidy, but variety is the spice of life, right?

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Celebrate Spring and Improve your Arkansas Workplace with Indoor Plants

Do you need office plants in Hot Springs? Flowering plants in North Little Rock? How about tropical plants in Heber Springs?

If you need any live or artifical plantscapes in Cabot, Searcy, Conway or El Dorado trust your interior plant design work to our Green Team at PLANTation Services. Spring is here, and soon everything will be turning green and growing strong, so why should your business be any different? Add spring vibrancy to your office and see the real benefits for your workplace. Here are a few reasons why live plants are not only pretty, but can actually improve the productivity of your work environment. Office Plants in Little Rock Arkansas
Looking for a Promotion? Buy a Plant
In December 2013, a group of scientists from the University of Exeter got together for a study to see if plants have any real, measurable effect on workplace productivity. They measured 350 subjects over 90 different experiments and measured happiness, creativity and productivity in various work environments.

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