5 Things You Might Not Know About Indoor Plant Maintenance

If you feel you lack a green thumb, take heart. It may just be that you’ve never been taught proper indoor plant maintenance. Sure, we know that plants need soil, water, and light. But if you haven’t been as successful with greenery as you’d like, knowing a few simple tips may help you develop the green thumb you crave.

 

Here are five areas to understand to ensure healthy, thriving indoor plants:

  1. Plant selection. This is much more important than many novice growers realize. Indoor plant maintenance starts with choosing plants appropriate to your environment. Obviously, you want to choose a plant that you find attractive. If there’s a particular task you’d like the plant to perform (air purification, medicinal, gnat eating, olfactory, etc.), by all means, consider that too. More importantly though, look for plants that enjoy the same temperature as you. If you turn the heat on when it gets below 67 degrees, tropical plants are not right for you. If you live in the desert, raising orchids might not be in your future. Also, consider the space in your home where you plan to keep your greenery. How’s the light? Too much or too little will keep your new plants from thriving. Selecting plant life based on the environment you already have will make indoor plant maintenance that much easier.
  2. Water. Yes, plants need water—and the stuff coming from your kitchen tap may not be the best water for them. Be prepared to collect rainwater or to buy the distilled kind. Carefully research how much water the plant needs (that means more than just reading the tag stuck in the dirt of your new plant). This will probably be expressed in how damp or dry the soil should be. Putting a finger or two into the soil to check before each watering is essential to effective indoor plant maintenance. You might be tempted to water your plants on the same day each week, but in reality, the only way to know whether your plant needs water is by checking the plant and soil, not the calendar.
  3. Nutrients. Most plants gain nutrients from the soil they live in. This means proper indoor plant maintenance starts with the right soil. For some plants, this means dark, crumbly soil teeming with nutrients. For others, it may mean peat moss, coarse sand, or no soil at all. If you’re unsure what soil is needed, a little research can make all the difference. Beware of chemical fertilizers if you (or any pets) intend to eat from the plants. Knowing that different types of plants have vastly different nutritional needs is vital to caring for them effectively.
  4. Containers. Like the plants themselves, many newbies choose planters based on factors like appearance and cost. While practicality is important, the housing for your plant and substrate is as important as any other factor in successful indoor plant maintenance. Terra cotta, stone, and some types of untreated wood planters can help regulate moisture, which is great for many types of plants. However, these materials are less durable and can be heavier than those made of plastic or metal. Shape is also a vital factor, as it should be compatible with the plant’s projected growth—especially in the roots. Choosing the right planter, and swapping out for a larger one when appropriate, can make a significant impact in the health and growth of your greenery.
  5. Unexpected issues. Sometimes things happen with our plants and we’re not sure why. Despite our best efforts at indoor plant maintenance, we might end up with browning leaves, bug infestations, cats digging through the soil, rotted roots, or mold growing on the plants themselves. Try to relax and remember that these problems are fixable. For instance, flat garden or aquarium stones can be placed on top of soil to prevent cats from digging, and a simple mist of vinegar and essential oils can take care of mold, rot, and small insects.

 

Now that you know the basics, it’s time to pick out some plants and get to work. For more information about plant maintenance and interior plant services, contact Plant Interscapes at 1-888-284-2257.

Benefits of Corporate Plants: Overt and Covert

Design concepts in the business world are vastly different than those for a home. Whether we’re talking about carpets, furniture, color schemes, or plant life, the goals and needs of a business environment should be more focused and results-oriented than just simple aesthetic beauty. However, these two environments do have some things in common. An office or waiting area for clients should be as comfortable and welcoming as a living room. Greenery should be practical, dynamic, and easy to maintain to maximize the benefits. Let’s look at how to make the most of corporate plants in a business environment.

 

Customer Appeal

Clients will notice there are plants when they enter a lobby or reception area. If they see healthy, thriving plants, it gives the impression of success. That’s an overt benefit: corporate plants make your business seem more successful, more nurturing, and better able to take care of clients.

 

Plants also provide fresh, relaxing air. They may have a mild fragrance that induces calm, deep breathing and a sense of well-being. Clients won’t know that the plants are doing it, but they’ll feel it. That’s a covert benefit of corporate plants in a business setting.

 

Employee Perks

Your employees will love plants too. Bringing a few into the office to place around cubicles, conference rooms, the break room, or a call center area may seem like a thoughtful gesture from management. What employees may not know is that the plants are scrubbing toxins from the air and providing fresh oxygen. These toxins, which are found in cleaning chemicals, carpets, or computer and printer components, can affect employee health, focus, and mood. You might also be surprised to find that corporate plants cut down on employee call-ins for illnesses and may improve productivity and decrease error rates.

 

Contact Us Today

Now that you know all the overt and covert benefits of corporate plants, let the professionals help you get started. Contact Plant Interscapes today at 1-888-284-2257.

 

Making Room for Interior Plants

Everybody loves interior plants, and not just for the visual and olfactory appeal. Plants reduce toxins in the air and provide fresh oxygen. Some plants do even more by providing aromatherapeutic benefits, having medicinal properties, or eating insects. However, sometimes indoor plants might seem impractical due to space constraints, a lack of appropriate sunlight, or even cats who love to dig in dirt. The good news is that there are ways to keep and maintain indoor greenery that will thrive in any environment—even yours.

 

Space-Saving Plants and Methods

For example, air plants are those that grow on the outsides of trees or buildings and do not get their nutrients from soil. These are live plants that appear to subsist on nothing. Also called epiphytes or tillandsia, they can live in small glass containers that can be hung near windows (though many air plants don’t stand up to full sunlight for long periods), or anywhere in your home that consistently maintains a warm enough temperature. They are attractive, colorful interior plants that are very easy to care for—just mist them. Of course, if you like the idea of hanging plants, many more familiar types of plants can be hung in planters with soil. These might get a little heavy, so find a friend who can make you a macramé holder or purchase a sturdy one yourself.

 

For the ultimate interior plant display without taking up any floor, windowsill, or shelf space, vertical gardens are a great way to go. This plant system involves a hanging frame with multiple small pockets that hold soil and irrigation equipment. Plants are kept healthy even when they never have contact with the ground. With vertical gardens, you can reap the benefits of interior plants on a single wall. They can even be used for food growing, so they’re great for urban types who don’t have a yard of their own.

 

For More Information

Not sure where to find air plants or how to grow a vertical garden? Let the experts at Plant Interscapes advise you. Call 1-888-284-2257 for assistance and more space-maximizing ideas.