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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!

Coffee Grounds in Plants – Yes, it works!

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There’s a new trend on the caffeine curve, and it isn’t pumpkin spice: It’s using coffee grounds around your garden for amazing results! Who would have thought? A quick Internet search for “coffee grounds + plants” will gather close to 4 million results, with consistent claims that grounds add essential minerals to the soil, boost populations of friendly soil bacteria and even reduce the pH of the soil for acid-loving plants.

Coffee grounds are generally believed to be an acidifying agent when added to garden soil, but the pH of the grounds tends to be more neutral. While they may not cause the soil acidity to increase, they tend to be an enriching source of fatty acids, essential oils and nutrients. The types of flora and fauna that benefit from coffee grounds in the soil solely depends on how those grounds are used.

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Why Do Plants Like Coffee? Coffee grounds improve soil texture tremendously and aid in drainage. They generally do not alter the soil’s pH; however, once they decompose, they release nitrogen, potassium, phosphorus and other minerals that support a plant’s growth. Some plants thrive in nitrogen-rich soil such as leafy vegetables like spinach and tomatoes, as well as azaleas and camellias. As a bonus, coffee grounds are reputed to have a deterrent effect on garden pests. According to “The New York Times 100 Gardening Questions and Answers,” using coffee grounds as mulch may help repel pests that from damage vegetables.

Composting Coffee Grounds Composting with coffee is a great way to make use of something that would otherwise end up unnecessarily in a landfill. Composting coffee grounds adds nitrogen to your compost pile, and is as easy as throwing them on top of your pile.

Maximize Your Efforts To maximize the benefits of coffee grounds in your soil, add a nitrogen fertilizer to really make a difference. The grounds release the nutrients as the bacteria and fungi break them down, a process that can take up to several months. In the meantime, offering your plant a supplemental fertilizer will help support the plant’s growth while the grounds break down. “The New York Times 100 Gardening Questions and Answers” recommends using no more than six pounds of coffee grounds for every 100 square feet of planting area.

Whatever fertilizer you use for your personal, outdoor plants should depend on the type of plant; garden plants can benefit from coffee grounds. Wet coffee grounds dumped into indoor plantings promotes mold growth; we do not recommend you attempt to “compost” your coffee grounds directly into the interior landscapes. Instead, rely on our Green Team at PLANTation Services to monitor the indoor landscapes for watering and fertilizing needs.

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!

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