Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Flower Arrangement

 Everything Grows provides high impact live flower arrangements that make a statement at the entrance or at reception for many of our customer locations.

Below is a photo of an arrangement by Everything Grows that mixes both live and replica plants. This arrangement gives a great visual impact and at the same time saves the customer on monthly cost by using a mix of real and replica plants.

Are you ready for plants in your workspace to make a big visual impact and help improve worker productivity?  Contact Everything Grows today for a complimentary consultation on the best plant choices for your work space.

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Bring The Outdoors In

While touring nurseries for sources of new plants in Southern California, we came across Sloopy's in Manhattan Beach.  While it is a cafe rather than a nursery, they had the most amazing open air eating area surrounded by plants, orchids, succulents, and tillandsia.  

The eating area felt indoors because it was covered, but it was open air and with all of the greenery they truly managed to bring the outdoors in.

Here are some photos of the plant life at Sloopy's:

 Are you ready to bring the 'outdoors in' to your office or workspace with lush, living plants?  Contact Everything Grows for a complimentary design consultation today.

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

6 Causes of Yellow Leaves

No matter how experienced you are, you are bound to have your share of yellow leaves with your houseplants. They could be a result of many things, and in many cases it can be easily fixed with a few adjustments. This article from Spruce covers 6 of the most common causes. It is short and sweet and a good refresher. Here is a link to the article and a few excerpts.

6 Common Causes for Yellowing Leaves on Houseplants

Moisture Stress

Overwatering or underwatering are the most common culprits when a plant's leaves turn yellow. With potted plants, it is crucial that you only water as much as the plant needs.

If you have a plant with yellow leaves, check the soil in the pot. Is it dry? Is it soaked?

If plants don't receive enough water, they drop leaves to prevent transpiration (essentially, a plant's way of sweating) to conserve water. Before they drop, though, the leaves will typically turn yellow. If the soil is dry and this is happening, make it a point to get the plant on a regular watering schedule.

Too much water can be just as damaging to leaves. When the soil doesn't drain well, an overdose of water leaves the soil waterlogged and root systems can literally drown. Without oxygen, roots start to die.

Normal Aging

As many plants age, the lower leaves will turn yellow and drop off. This is simply a normal part of their growth.

In this case, don't worry. If the plant becomes too leggy, consider trimming back the main stem to promote new growth and bushiness.

Cold Draft

Cold drafts on tropical plants will often cause the leaves to turn yellow and drop.2 This is different from short periods of exposure to intense cold, which will cause outright browning on the foliage or pale, transparent spots to appear between veins.

If your plant is near an air-conditioner vent in summer or a drafty window in winter, move it to a less turbulent place. Keep an eye on it to see if the yellow leaves spread any further. It's also a good idea to mist tropicals that you're overwintering to increase the humidity.

Lack of light

Plants that receive too little light will often start to yellow on the lower leaves before those leaves drop. If this is your issue, there is a clue that you can look for.

A plant that is yellowing from a lack of light will typically yellow on the side that is away from the light source. The leaves near the window, for instance, are getting all the light and blocking the opposite side.

If this is the case, move the plant to a sunnier location and see how it does. If window light is tough to come by in your home-especially in winter-you might need to rig up an artificial plant light or two.

Nutrient Deficiency

Plant leaves may also turn yellow if a plant is not receiving all of the nutrients it requires. This can be caused by too much calcium in the water if you're using hard water or by a nitrogen deficiency.

If this is the problem, the plant's top leaves may be the first to go yellow. In other cases, you might notice an unusual pattern to the yellowing. For instance, the veins may remain dark while the tissue between them turns yellow.

The nutrients a plant requires varies based on the species and some are pickier than others. It's important to try and diagnose the problem properly or you might kill a plant that can otherwise be brought back to health.

Viral Infection

If your plant has a viral infection, it might show up as blotchy, spreading yellow patches on leaves throughout the plant. This may be accompanied by deformed leaves and stems, as well as discolored flowers.

Viral infections in plants cannot be cured and can infect all susceptible plants nearby.4 While it may be painful if it's a favorite, discard any plants that you suspect are infected. Wash and sterilize any pruning tools or pots before using on other plants.

Not using Everything Grows (number 7)

That's right, not using Everything Grows for your commercial indoor plant care is the most common cause of yellowing leaves.  Having us care for your plants assures they are looking their best all the time, guaranteed or we replace them. 

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Modern Indoor Plant Installation

Everything Grows just installed a beautiful modern plant and container set for commercial office building lobbies in San Jose.  The space has polished cement floors, cream colored walls, and natural wood accents.  The matte black finish on the containers and the bright green foliage of the live plants really pops in the minimalist environment.  

The above ficus lyrata looks fantastic in its matte black cylinder on the polished concrete floor

Here we have a nice grouping of three, the smallest is a Dracaena Lemon Lime, medium is a Philodendron Selloum, and the largest plant is a Draceana Compacta

Above are sansevieria laurentii in three tall back cylinders making a bold statement against the natural wood paneling on the wall.

Now is the time to upgrade your facility before all of the workers come back. Call Everything Grows for a complimentary consultation.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

A Plant For Every Desk

Everything Grows came across this great TED Talk on  "Why Every Desk At Your Office Needs a Plant" and how plants improve employee productivity.

Here is the link to the TED talk article
And here is the intro to the article.... 
Besides a paycheck and reasonable hours, what else does a person need to thrive at work? Decent space, adequate supplies and tools? Yes. Lunch breaks, sick days, time off to recharge? Sure. A plant? Well ...

Such an idea had never occurred to engineer Mike Robinson. He owns a small company based in British Columbia, Canada, that designs and builds windbreaks and other control structures. One day, his wife, Suzanne, who runs the company with him, said: "I think we should give every person in the office a plant for their desk."

Robinson was skeptical. He thought that plants would be distracting and a drain on people's time. "The average staff member would probably spend about five minutes a day either looking after the plant or admiring it," as he puts it in a TEDxWhiteRock talk. Upon his wife's insistence, however, he agreed to give it a try.

He and Suzanne bought 20 plants for their 20 employees. Then, they did something a bit different. Instead of handing them out, they asked each employee to approach the tableful of plants and choose their own - but from the perspective of the plant.

Think of it like a human-plant speed-date. Robinson explains, "So you have to put yourself in the spot of the plant, as it were, and say, 'Which person do I want to be my new friend?'" Employees then received a small sign on which they wrote 'My friend is ...' and their own name, stuck it in the soil, and brought it into their personal workspace.

Over time, Robinson realized that the plants were having a positive impact. He says, "I did my own mathematics, and I reckoned that we might be doing about 30 percent more business per staff [member]." Of course, this is far from a scientific study. There's no control group or double-blind - just a company filled with happy plant lovers excelling at their jobs. And maybe that's enough.

Another sign that something is going right: After 5 years, not a single plant has died. Robinson guesses that since each was hand-selected and bears the employee's name on the label, they're well-tended because "this is your friend and you care about your friend." As he explains, "Our office is a more contented place, a relaxed place, and a place that I'm proud to be to be a part of, and a big part of that is the personal plant."

But what plant is right for your desk? Perhaps you've gotten one and felt the warm glow of human-plant friendship - only to see it wither before your eyes. We asked Rebecca Bullene, New York City horticulturist, cofounder of Greenery Unlimited and the person who designed and tends the greenery at the TED NYC offices, to recommend hardy plants for different light conditions. Note: Almost all of these plants are available in desktop sizes, but if you want them to stay that way, you will need to prune them. 
Are you ready for plants in your office to improve Employee productivity?  Contact Everything Grows today for a complimentary consultation on the best plant choices for your work space. 

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Green Roofs

 We came across this article with photos of impressive green roofs and wanted to share it with you:

 The Acros Fukuoka Prefectural Hall in Japan

The Vendee History Museum in Les Lucs-Sur, Boulogne France
The California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco
Moesgaard Museum in Aarhus Denmark

Gap's Headquarters in San Bruno California

Ready for indoor plants to enhance your San Francisco Bay Area workspace? Contact Everything Grows for a complimentary consultation and proposal.

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

New Indoor Plants in Oakland

 Everything Grows installed these indoor plants in model homes in Oakland. They really made the space warm and inviting.  

Are you ready for lush live plants to enhance your indoor space?  Contact Everything Grows today for a free no obligation design and proposal to add plants to your workspace.