Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Installation...Behind the Scenes



If you look at the back wall in the picture above, you will find one of our operation technicians assembling a plant wall. Sometimes, in order to meet a deadline, our techs work in some pretty chaotic conditions.  They are always up to the challenge, completing the job professionally and on time. Client satisfaction is our main goal. You can see how beautiful it came out!


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A Pop of Color

Consistent with the d├ęcor theme, red bromeliads add the finishing touch to this warm, inviting lobby with a pop of color. The bromeliad is a member of the diverse plant family known as Bromeliaceae (bro-meh-lee-AH-say-eye) which have thousands of species ranging from this beautiful blooming ornamental plant to the delicious fruit, pineapple.
 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Healthy Benefits of Plants in the Workplace



When you walk into a workplace with a beautifully designed interior, the stunning plants are one of the first items to catch your eye, instantly making the area warm and inviting. Did you know those beautiful plants are adding a lot more to the company than just good looks? Ornamental plants help provide clean air by removing several key pollutants associated with indoor air pollution. Plants reduce noise levels and add a calming influence to their surroundings. This creates a positive work environment for employees, increasing concentration ability for the task at hand. When working in natural setting environments, people experience increased vigor. Their performance levels are increased by this enriched state of mind. They put more of themselves and their energy into their work, are likely to do it at a higher quality, and complete it with a much higher accuracy rate.  It has been shown that having ornamental plants within your sight can increase memory retention up to twenty percent! The addition of flowers in the office setting add aesthetic beauty and is soothing. This lowers stress and anxiety levels. As a result the workplace atmosphere is more relaxed. To sum it up interior plants make employees happy and when employees are happy, the companies they work for thrive!

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Plant Profile: Fishtail Palm

Fishtail palms (Caryota mitis) are found from Cape York through SE Asia to China and India; they grow in rainforests of varying altitudes. They are wonderful additions to any garden or living space and are great for adding that tropical island feel. The leaves of the plant have jagged-edges that look like fins and fishtails, hence the name.

Fishtail palms require adequate light indoors. Once you've taken care of that, it's a matter of keeping a steady supply of moisture and paying attention to their fertilizer needs.  If your plant starts to decline, however, the culprit is mostly likely low light levels, not inadequate nutrition.