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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!

Natural Impacts on Plant Availability

At PLANTation Services, we strive to offer a large variety of plants to accommodate your interior landscape dreams. There’s no limit to creativity, and providing many options helps to achieve beautiful spaces for our clients. For the next few months, we will continue to see limited availability of tropical plants as the plant industry continues to feel the ripple effects of Mother Nature and typical seasonal changes in buying.

Natural disasters, such as Hurricane Irma, which destroyed parts of Florida in September 2017, impact communities outside of the immediately damaged areas. The plant industry sees consequences for months, sometimes years, to come.

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Most of our plants come from South Florida, and the weather conditions for that state greatly impact plant growth and survival – and therefore inventory. Because of the recent storm, the Florida plant supply was immediately limited. The available plants were sold quickly as each grower faced dwindling inventory. Some plants varieties were impacted harder than others but overall there is still very limited availability. ficus We are currently seeing shorter plants in general. The tallest palms are topping out around 5 feet tall, and certain trees are limited in height as well. Some ficus trees, for example, are currently running at about 4 feet tall, when the typical height is 6 or 8 feet. ficus 2 Also impacting the current availability is the time of year. When spring rolls around, most people feel a desire for freshness, beauty and color around them. That means more plants! This year, with the impact of the storm, we are facing the springtime increase in demand on top of the existing availability limitations from the storm.

While natural disasters and seasonal changes impact availability, this shortage of plants is only temporary.  Our team has the talent and knowledge to create a design that will thrive even with the shortages.  Our Green Team is eager to help you create the perfect indoor landscape as we head into these spring months. We are dedicated to our clients. In fact, we were recently voted the 2017 Arkansas Business Best Interior Plant Service for the 13th year in a row! Give us a call at (888) 821-5770 or fill out the contact form today and find the perfect plants for this season!

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!

Outside of the Box Holiday Plants

Holiday flowers and greenery can keep your office feeling warm despite the chilly winter weather. There are many classic holiday plants, such as poinsettias, that we all know and love, but what if you are looking to mix it up this holiday? Check out these holiday plant ideas that are sure to keep your indoor spaces festive and unique!

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Christmas Cactus

A beautiful holiday plant, the Christmas cactus unsurprisingly blooms at the most wonderful time of the year! With care, this plain-looking plant will bloom petals of red, white, pink, purple or orange. Because of its festive array of color, the Christmas cactus is a tradition in many European and North American homes during the holidays.

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Holiday Amaryllis

Of all flowering bulbs, amaryllises are the easiest to bring to bloom. They are a favorite gift plant because they can be easily grown in containers. Their beautiful, red-and-white blooms add a holly jolly accent to the holiday home, which makes them great choices to give as gifts … or to keep for yourself!

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Cyclamens

Cyclamens are attractive, easy-care houseplants that bloom continuously through the winter months. These unique, five-petal flowering plants that only bloom one season per year are the perfect alternative to the traditional holiday poinsettia. Most commonly found in shades of white, vivid red, pink or purple, cyclamens are the perfect addition to your home when you want to spread joy and good cheer!

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Norfolk Island Pine

Lasting longer than poinsettias, these plants can keep growing beautifully for years. They look like miniature Christmas trees, but are a whole lot easier to care for than traditional living Christmas trees (such as pines, firs and spruces). These cute holiday plants are pretty inexpensive too, making them the perfect holiday gift.  

Want to learn more about these and other festive options? Let PLANTation Services make your holidays merry and bright by designing and maintaining your indoor holiday landscape. We can also create festive entrance combo pots. Whether it’s a creative centerpiece or a statement-making design, our Green Team will help you create something fit for the holidays! Give us a call today!

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.

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