Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Better than the Mad Men set -- Wow -- look at these interior plants!

A few photos from a recent Everything Grows Interior Plant install in Downtown San Francisco:

Above: An elegant white Phaleonopsis Orchid show piece

Above: Dracaena Anita Bush in the foreground and a Ming Aralia in the background frames the sitting area in exotic plants

These Silver Bay Aglaonemas bring 'Wow' into the rest of the space

Thursday, December 19, 2013

History of Poinsettias / Poinsettia care

Joel Roberts PoinsettJoel Roberts Poinsett came across the Poinsettia in the 1820s in Mexico while stationed there as US Ambassador.  Intrigued by the plant, he brought cuttings home cultivate on his farm in Greenville, North Carolina.  Because of its short bloom cycle over the holiday months, it became known as the Christmas flower and was named after him.

Poinsettias like to be in temperatures between 60 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit and like bright indirect light.  Keep them away from drafts either warm or cold.  They are thirsty plants that like lots of water and can go dry easily.  At the same time, you want to make sure the soil drains, because they will suffer if they are over watered too. Do not get water on the leaves or flowers -- it could cause spotting or rot. They are brittle plants -- brushing against them could damage the leaves, and bracts break off easily if bumped or not handled gently.  With proper care in a proper environment, the bloom will last up to 6 to 8 weeks.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Everything Grows uses the highest quality Dracaenas from Hawaii

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.

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.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Wreath of Succulents

You do not see this every day -- a wreath made out of succulents -- exotic!


Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Beautiful plants at our latest new installation

First we have a large dramatic arrangement with white Phaleonopsis Orchids, Pothos, Dracaena Lemon Limes, and a Neanthe Bella Palm in the middle:

Then we have a lovely Cordyline Soledad accenting the fireplace:

And last we have a gorgeous Golden Pothos on the table with a Silver Bay Aglaonema in the background:

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

The Rhapis palm is a signature indoor plant

Rhapis Palms are one of the more exotic and beautiful plants that we place indoors.  They need good light, and a lot of water and nutrients to thrive.  They are one of more expensive plants to place, in part because they take so long to grow.  A 5 foot tall Rhapis palm takes about 5 years to grow.

Below is the growth cycle of the Rhapis Palm  

The production of Rhapis begins with seeds that once germinated are grown for the first year under partial shade:

The plants are then brought outside to develop further:

After a year of being outside in full sun, the plants are transplanted into 2 gallon grow pots and brought back into the greenhouse to finish under partial shade:

Once the plants reach a certain height and density, they are sold as a 2 gallon Rhapis or potted into a 5 gallon grow pot to grow on further:

Again, once the plants reach a certain height and density, they are sold as 5 gallon Rhapis or potted up to 7 gallon and grown on. This process of growing on continues from 7gal to 10gal to 15gal to 20gal. Eventually, you arrive a beauties like these:

Rhapis are fairly slow growing plants. The rule of thumb is that Rhapis grow about 1 ft per year, which I why they are one of the more expensive plants in the industry. However, their flexibility and longevity make them worth the wait.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Orchid with plant wall in the background

This simple arrangement goes well in this customers modern environment.  It consists of an orchid, a pothos, and birch branches.  We change the orchid out monthly to keep it looking fresh and beautiful.  Note the plant wall in the background -- plant walls are very popular right now.


Monday, September 23, 2013

Another great indoor plant install with our Earthwall product

Our customers cannot get enough Earth Walls in their space.  The walls with live plants make great room dividers and look fresh and modern.  Here are a few photos of our latest installation:

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

New interior plant install in Concord part II

Here are a few more photos of the interior plants installed in this modern office space:
 Above: Wall hanging plant portraits are very hot right now
 This simple plant bowl works with this table and chair design

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

New interior plant install in Concord

Check out these photos of this ultra clean and modern installation of plants and containers in this Concord California office space:

Above: Earth wall with Aglaonemas.  Earth walls are a very popular request.
 Above: Groups of three make good design elements
 Above: A single white orchid complements the clean lines of this space

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Plants First Choice Forest Bowl Container made of coconut wood

Plants First Choice has a stunning container called the Forest Bowl that is made out of coconut wood and stainless steel.  It is imported from the Netherlands and is really a special piece.  Here is a photo of the container placed in its final location:

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Living plants in model homes continued

There were so many good photos of our model home live indoor plant installation, we had to do two blog posts to show them all:


Monday, August 5, 2013

Living plants in model homes

We just completed an installation of interior plants inside model homes and it turned out great.  Here are some photos:


Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Hardy indoor lowlight plant: Sansevieria

The Sansevieria is our hardiest indoor plant in so much it can survive in low light interior environments where most other plants cannot.  This is the plant that we place in the conference room with no windows.  It is a great looking plant with very geometric lines.  Here are pictures of three of our favorite varieties:

 Sansevieria Coral (Above)
 Sansevieria Laurentii (Above)
Sansevieria Zeylanica (Above)

 Sansevieria Coral (above) being used as a divider between the work area and the sitting area. 

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

New interior plant install in San Francisco

Everything Grows just installed these new plants at a location in San Francisco, and they really help make the space complete.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

4th of July Plant

Well not really, but this plant looks like fireworks going off.  It is the Croton Zanzibar.  Happy 4th of July!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Artwork adds the finishing touch

Usually plants are the finishing touch, but this time the artwork made the room.  Here are two photos -- one with the painting, and one without.  Compare and see for yourself.  The plants are ficus trees trimmed into a lollipop shape.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Plant portrait

A recent install of the stunning ASI Plant Portrait Decorative Living Wall Picture Frame System

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Orchid bowl on reception desk

Three different orchids fill this modern ASI Ovation bowl on this reception desk.  Simply Gorgeous.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Sansevierias in earth walls as room divider

These Sansevieria Zeylanica plants in our rectangular earth wall containers really help define the sitting area and accent the couch beautifully.   The geometric shapes and the variegation of the long tall leaves of these plants are great for the discerning designer.