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!