Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year!


The staff at Everything Grows wishes everyone a happy and prosperous 2015!

The Croton Zanzibar pictured below looks like fireworks going off!



Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Happy Holidays!

Wishing everyone Happy Holidays! 

Here are a few more photos of Everything Grows custom holiday decor for some our our Walnut Creek and San Ramon customers.





 

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Spotlight: Cast Iron Plant

Aspidistras are called the cast-iron plant because they can tolerate poor growing conditions such as weak light and low temperatures which would kill many other interior plants.



 It is an old-fashioned tough interior plant. In fact the Aspidistra was a favorite indoor plant during the Victorian era when houses were anything but bright and airy. Today, in the warmer climate of the Southern United States, you will find Aspidistra usually growing completely carefree as a groundcover in dense, dark shade.

It takes considerable time to grow an Aspidistra to specimen size. Ironically, it is not always available in nurseries. This is partly because of its slow growth and not being properly appreciated. Aspidistras is usually grown in 6″, 8″; and 10″ pots. As a bushy potted plant 12 to 24 inches tall and wide the Aspidistra is a perfect plant for indoors. Aspidistra is an ideal plant for that cooler area of your work space to bring the tropics indoors.
Aspidistra tolerates:
- dust as well as heat, cold, wet soil, drought, neglect and dimly lighted places.
- temperatures as low as 28 degrees without injury to the foliage.
- low light levels.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Holiday Decor Seasonal Highlights!

The holiday season is here and the Everything Grows Elves are busy decorating our customer's spaces with our custom designs.  Here are some photos of our work:










Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Indoor Air Pollutants on the Rise

Indoor air pollutants have now been ranked among the top five environmental risks to public health.

Information received from the website of the US Environmental Protection Agency, show human exposure to indoor air pollutants in many areas is on the rise.  Indoor pollutants may be 2 to 5 times, and occasionally more than 100 times, higher than outdoor pollutant levels! 

The problems these indoor air pollutants cause can be subtle and do not always produce easily recognized or immediate impacts on health. 


It is a fact that incorporating interior plants can help reduce many of the indoor pollutants, making the atmosphere healthier and more enjoyable.


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

We're Jumping With Model Home Requests


Recently we have had the privilege to accompany some very skilled interior designers adding beautiful live plant arrangements to their model home communities.  

 

The decision to use live plant arrangements in model homes in place of the traditional artificial plants has been a growing new trend. Obviously, people are catching on to the benefits of live plants!



This designer chose to go with the opulent succulent look. This is one of our favorites to work with because there are so many options and the finished product is always stunning! They will do nicely in this brightly lighted space.
  
 
 
This particular community is located in Menlo Park, CA but recently we have assisted many model home designers with their communities around the greater Bay Area.



























Wednesday, November 19, 2014

It's Poinsettia Time Again!


A Very Brief History of the Poinsettia


The poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima) is a culturally and commercially an important plant species of the diverse spurge family that is indigenous to Mexico and Central America. It derives its common English name from Joel Roberts Poinsett, the first United States Minister to Mexico, who introduced the plant into the United States in 1825.



After supplying his own greenhouses, Poinsett also distributed plants to various botanical gardens and to some horticultural friends, including John Bartram of Philadelphia. Bartram, in turn, supplied the plant to Robert Buist, a nurseryman, who first sold the plant as Euphorbia poinsettia. The botanical name had already been given by a German taxonomist in 1833 as Euphorbia pulcherima. The poinsettia, however, has remained the accepted name in English speaking countries.


 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Vibrant Autumn Colored Plants



Before the winter bug gets you, here are some beautiful interior plants that add a vibrant splash of autumn color to brighten up the onset of dark evenings and your Thanksgiving festivities! 



Crotron Petra - An exotic looking plant that is sure to be an attention grabber with it's array of yellow, green, copper, red, pink, orange, brown, and ivory leaves.

  
Bromeliad - Blooming in a variety of colors, this plant is the perfect addition to everyday interior  landscape or as an addition to any holiday decor. 


Croton Picasso's Paintbrush - A striking accent plant with a mix of yellow, bronze, green, and burgundy foilage. 


Chlorophytum orchidastrum "Fire Flash" - Fairly new to the plant world, this unusual plant with it's glossy green leaves atop the glowing orange hued stems is becoming quite popular.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

San Francisco Luxury Apartment Models




These stunning model apartments are in a class by themselves. It was a pleasure adding beautiful interior plants to polish off the attractive look. 











A subtle touch of color brings an inviting warmth to the elegant living areas.












Adding lovely live plants inside compliments the remarkable outside views!


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Plants that Spook for Halloween


 Venus Flytrap

This plant lures in it's prey, then SNAP. In less than a second it traps and starts to digest. How's that for spooky! The Venus Flytrap is a fascinating carnivorous plant. Because it grows in soils that are poor in nutrients, it traps a variety of insects and even tiny frogs and digests them for the nutrients it isn't getting from the soil. Each trap is only used 4 to 6 times then it withers, browns, and falls off. 


Once something is trapped, the digestion period starts which can last up to 10 days. If by chance it traps something other than an insect, it will spit it back out within 12 hours. The Venus Flytrap is a perennial plant which means it blooms year after year. It is estimated the plant can live for up to 20 years, however it is vulnerable. It is threatened by over-collection, habitat destruction, and fire suppression.
         
  Pitcher Plants

This plant uses sweetness to entice it's prey and although it looks less intimidating than the Venus Flytrap, don't let that fool you! It produces a sweet smelling nectar which invites unsuspecting passer-bys. During inspection of the plant they realize there is sweet, juicy nectar inside the tubular leaves. Yummy....oops, they have fallen in. Unable to climb back out it succumbs to it's fate and is slowly dissolved by the chemicals in the same juicy nectar that it once tried to drink.


Unable to climb back, this fallen insect flails helplessly in the fluid until it loses energy and submits to the overpowering force of its fate. - See more at: http://www.carnivorous--plants.com/pitcher-plant.html#sthash.1ECXEUu7.dpuf
Unable to climb back, this fallen insect flails helplessly in the fluid until it loses energy and submits to the overpowering force of its fate. - See more at: http://www.carnivorous--plants.com/pitcher-plant.html#sthash.1ECXEUu7.dpuf
There are many species of Pitcher Plants all around the world. Some are hanging, which usually attract insects and some are grown from the ground. These can lure in insects as well as small birds, snakes, lizards and mice. 


The largest species of the Pitcher Plant, Nepenthes rajah, is used as a toilet by small tree shrews and rats! They sit on the edge and eat the outside of the plant while doing their business on the inside. There certainly is a similarity. Spooky or just plain vulgar? 




Nepenthes rajah