Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Everything Grows Helping Others

For each new customer at Everything Grows we give back by making a donation and loan to a Kiva entrepreneur.   It is our way of sharing our success and helping someone else succeed as well.  Since 2007, We are celebrating our 241th donation and loan this week. See the people we have helped through Kiva.

Kiva.org's mission is to give all people - even in the most remote areas of the globe - the power to create opportunity for themselves and others. We have found Kiva to be a great way to help support the entrepreneurial spirit throughout the world.  


Farming in Cambodia (above)
Corn in Uganda (above)


Farming in Samoa (above)
Potatoes, Beans & Peas in Ecuador (above)

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Is Your Office Visually Noisy?

Open office floor plans have been the big trend for a number of years now, and some companies are finding that after taking down the walls to foster interaction and collaboration, they have done the job too well.

An article in the Wall Street Journal, "Why You Can’t Concentrate at Work" (May 9th, 2017) says that "visual noise" is an unforeseen consequence of today's open-plan work spaces that is distracting workers.

From the article: "Visual noise, the activity or movement around the edges of an employee’s field of vision, can erode concentration and disrupt analytical thinking or creativity, research shows. While employers have long tried to quiet disruptive sounds in open work spaces, some are now combating visual noise too. The answer could be as low-tech as strategically placed plants or more drab wall colors." 

Earth Walls with Sansevieria separating a lounge area from a walkway (above)



The article goes on to discuss a number of solutions to the problem, including placing plants to break up large lines of sight to help shield workers from visual distractions.  The plants have the added benefit of keeping the noise down too.

We have seen this first hand at Everything Grows Interior Landscaping with our Silicon Valley customers and have a wide selection of plants and containers to create beautiful natural visual barriers with the added benefits of noise dampening and fresher air.  

Our most popular solution for open work spaces that are too open is our Earth Wall. They come 3 to 4 feet long and stand 4 to 6 feet high depending on the type of plant selected.  They can be moved around, and we even offer casters for concrete floors that make it even easier to re-position the Earth Walls as the office space grows/changes.

Earth Walls are great for separating meeting areas or walkways from work areas. Here are a few examples below:  

Earth Walls with Sansevieria in the background and Agloanemas in the foreground separating a collaboration area from work areas (above)



This display shows three different types of plants in Earth Walls on casters. From left to right: Sansevieria, Neanthe Bella Palm, Agloanema (above)


This downtown San Francisco office used Earth Walls extensively to help break up an overly open work space. Distractions went down and productively went up. (above)


Do you have an overly collaborative or visually distracting open office that could benefit from Earth Walls to get your employees refocused on the task at hand?   Contact Everything Grows today to have one of our in-house designers visit your office for a complimentary consultation and design proposal. Let us help you get more productive!  
 

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Live Orchid Arrangements


 Everything Grows buys directly from orchid growers giving us access to the freshest and best selection available.  Here are two examples of beautiful white Phaleonopsis Orchid arrangements we recently placed as part of our monthly plant service.  We rotate the orchids regularly to make sure our customers always have a fresh beautiful orchid on display.

Would you like to have a beautiful live orchid arrangement in your reception area?  Contact Everything Grows today to have one of our in-house designers visit your office for a complimentary consultation and design proposal today!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Spotlight: ZZ Plant



The ZZ Plant is hardy indoor plant that designers and architects love for its dramatic looks, shiny leaves, and angular lines. Plant people love it for how easy it is to care for and how pest resistant it is.  The full name of the ZZ plant is Zamioculcas Zamiifolia and it originates from Africa.  It can tolerate low light and indoor office environments.   Here is a a great site to learn more about ZZ Plants and how to care for them: Epic Gardening.

ZZ plant in all of its glory



Two beautiful specimens shining in an office environment


Are you considering commercial grade A plants such as the ZZ plant for your work space?  Contact Everything Grows today to have one of our in-house designers visit your office for a complimentary consultation and design proposal. We will take care of the rest!  

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Great Work Plant: Dracaena Lisa

Everything Grows provides the best available Hawaiian grown Dracaenas.  Read on to learn why they are the best.


Lush Dracaena Lisa from Hawaii
  

Dracaena growers in Hawaii start with their own local stock fields. The cane is topped in the field and allowed to sprout before being cut into the appropriate lengths. The topped cane is fresh and healthy and produces strong roots once potted.  The resulting specimens are vigorous, full and rich with color and aesthetic balance.
Dracaena cane field in Hawaii 

In contrast, California and Florida Dracaena growers use imported bare cane from Costa Rica and the Caribbean. This cane must use its stored food reserves for the lengthy shipping process, as well as for the rooting and sprouting process. The result is that the cane sprouting is inconsistent, and the finished plant often looks thin and unbalanced.




For the growing medium, Hawaiian growers use cinder mixes made from various ratios of Canadian peat moss and volcanic cinder. The cinder is inert, decomposes very slowly, and has unique aeration and water holding properties. It is this quality of soil aeration that makes it possible for root systems to remain aerated and healthy even in low light conditions existing in many interior spaces.
A perfect specimen placed in an office environment
Most Dracaena growers on the mainland use soil mixes comprised of wood by-products, bark, sawdust and other fillers, which decompose quickly, thereby greatly reducing soil aeration and thus plant quality and longevity.

Finally, the Hawaiian Dracaenas that Everything Grows uses are acclimated to lower light conditions over time. This prepares the Dracaenas for the artificial lighting conditions of the typical interior environment and ensures a long lasting, lush and beautiful plant in our customer's spaces.

Are you considering commercial grade A plants such as the Dracaena for your work space?  Contact Everything Grows today to have one of our in-house designers visit your office for a complimentary consultation and design proposal. We will take care of the rest!  

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Modern / Retro Indoor Plants

Here are some photos of the latest new interior plant installation by Everything Grows in San Mateo, California. These plants are in custom containers in a modern / retro setting.  The installation came off fabulously and helped put the finishing touch on the space






Are you considering plants like this for commercial space?  Contact Everything Grows today to have one of our in-house designers visit your office for a complimentary consultation and design proposal. We will take care of the rest! 

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Succulent Myths and Tips

Succulents and their care are different from annuals, perennials, shrubs, or other greenery. They're drought tolerant, easy to care for, uniquely shaped, and are able to thrive in places that would likely kill other plants.

Whether you're new to growing these living treasures, or you're more experienced, some of these myths may surprise you. It's time to dispel these common myths that keep your plants from thriving.

1. All Succulents are Hardy
Although succulents are hardy (they're most definitely hardier than most plants), hardy doesn't mean they're capable of handling extreme conditions for long periods of time. Some succulents are hardier than others. For outdoor planting, it is recommended to aim toward hardier succulents since they are able to withstand more. Some good choices for hardy succulents include Sedum and Sempervivum.

2. Full, Direct Sunlight is Necessary
Many species can handle full sun during the day. This doesn't apply to all succulents. Most succulents enjoy bright morning sunlight. Afternoon sunlight is typically too hot and harsh. In fact, full, direct sunlight, can harm your plant rather than help it. Full sun increases the likelihood of your succulent leaves burning and killing it. While succulents are considered to be sun-loving plants, be aware how long you keep your succulent in full sun.
3. Succulents should be Planted in Sand
Some assume that sand is best suited for planting succulents. Indeed, succulents need excellent drainage, but more than likely sand is not the best option. Sand can actually be too draining. When water penetrates the sand, it drains away quickly and the plant will receive very little water. We recommend using succulent and cactus soil.

4. Succulents are Cacti, Cacti are Succulents
Succulents and cacti are not all one in the same. Most cacti are considered succulents, but there are a few that are not. Not all succulents are cacti either. These would include Echeveria, Crassula, Euphorbia, Sempervivum, Aeonium, Sedum, x Graptosedum, and Haworthia.

5. Succulents Can Handle any Weather
Different succulents call for different care. Most succulents can handle various weather conditions, but they do prefer less humid, sunny weather. They are hardier than other perennial plants in your garden, but they handle wetter and colder climates differently. A harsh winter may cause the plant to freeze and consistent humidity may lead to root rot. Just remember, succulents enjoy a bit of neglect.

6. All Succulents are not Edible
Many succulents are edible, but be aware of the plants you choose to eat. While many are harmless, some can be toxic to humans and animals if ingested, especially in large quantities. Be conscious of the toxicity of all your plants before exposing them to children or animals in your home.

7. Top Dressing Provides Extra Drainage for Succulents
Top dressing is a fun way to add texture and color to your container gardening. Just be careful that your top dressing is not trapping moisture inside the container, which causes root rot.

8. Closed, Sealed Spaces are Tolerable
Succulents need fresh air and ventilation. Your plants will not last long in closed terrariums. Moisture has no way to escape allowing mold to enter and your succulents may get root rot. Don't put the terrarium on a full sun windowsill, as its leaves will burn.


Would you like a gorgeous Succulent bowl this for your work space?  Contact Everything Grows today to have one of our in-house designers visit your office for a complimentary consultation and design proposal. We will take care of the rest!