Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Fun Orchid Facts


We came across this informative article about orchids on therainforestsite.com.
Below is the article full of interesting Orchid facts:

When you think about biodiversity, you probably think about interesting bugs, astounding mammals, and fantastic fish: anything but orchids. Orchids are more complex and interesting than you think, with traits such as a huge size range and thousands of distinct species. Often two members of the Orchidaceae family look drastically different, making them a stellar example of biodiversity in the wild.
Worlds Biggest Plant Family 

There are more types of orchids than there are any other type of plant in the entire world. The orchid family, Orchidaceae, has over 25,000 unique species, each with its own set of traits.

More Variety Than Any Other Flower on Earth




Orchids range in size from the weight of a nickel to an entire ton. Imagine a flower with individual petals that each measure 30 inches long. Orchids also come in a huge range of color variations, and grow in most climate types.


Orchids Can Be Astonishingly Long-Lived



Plenty of plants live for a year, a few years or a decade or two at most. Orchids blow those lifespan estimates out of the water, with some species reaching ages up to 100 years.


What Do Orchids Have in Common With Us?



Orchids have a biological trait called bilateral symmetry, which means that both sides of the flower are identical to each other. Plenty of animals have this evolutionary trait, including human beings!


Orchids Are Manipulative



It takes cunning and wit to survive in the tropics, where many flower species compete for pollination by native insects. Orchids use camouflage to trick flying insects into cross-pollinating, ensuring the survival of each species.
Orchids Make Themselves Useful

The native Aztecs once harvested orchids and used parts of the plant to make an adhesive glue. Who knew that orchids could be a useful crafting supply?


Some Orchids Prefer the Dark





There's one species of orchid that blooms exclusively in the dark. Bulbophyllum nocturnum blooms after the sun goes down for a single night and dies by morning.  

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Top 5 Indoor Plants



You Probably Can’t Kill


Indoor plants are wonderful additions to any home or office spacebut making sure they are watered when needed, getting enough light, and constantly cared for, can prove to be a challenging task in today's busy world. 

Fortunately, there are some really hardy indoor plants out there that are easy to keep happy, healthy, and green in your workspace.

Choosing the wrong plant for a specific indoor environment is one of the most common mistakes we come across.  You must choose the plants that will be able to thrive and withstand the challenges your specific indoor environment. You must also consider how much time you can spend caring for your plants before choosing them.

Here are the top five indoor plants that are forgiving and easy to care for.

Sansevieria

Sansevieria
If a prize were to be given out for the most tolerant plant, the Sansevieria, commonly known as the Snake Plant or “Mother-In-Law’s Tongue,” would be one of the frontrunners. These plants may be neglected for weeks at a time and still manage to look fresh. They can survive low light levels, droughts, and have very few insect issues.

 

 

 





ZZ Plant

ZZ Plants

The glossy and geometric leaves of ZZ Plant, or Zamiocalas Zamifolia, bring warmth into any room. The selling point of these beautiful indoor plants is that they actually thrive while being neglected and are impervious to a large majority of pests that may afflict other plants. ZZ Plants blend perfectly in both contemporary and traditional homes and make for stylish additions to any office space.

 

  

Dracaena

Dracaena

As one of the most popular indoor plants, the Dracaena, or cane plant is one of the easiest plants to care for. These hardy plants thrive in indirect light and maintain their look for years. Their long green leaves will breathe life into a room even when they are forgotten about for a while.  Dracaenas come in a wide variety of sizes and different leaf styles, giving you many choices to match your style.

 

Pothos

   

Pothos

The Pothos is actually one of the easiest plants to grow. It is a fast growing vine that can tolerate low light.  It is easy to start a new plant by placing a cutting in water.  They can tolerate a lot of unintentional abuse, which makes them an excellent choice for those with a tendency to forget about their indoor plants.

 

 

Aspidistra

 

Aspidistra

And lastly, we have the Aspidistra, whose nickname is the 'cast iron' plant because it can withstand a lot of abuse including poor lighting and infrequent watering. They are popular as indoor office plants because they require a small amount of care.

 




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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

5 Ways Indoor Plants Will Change Your Life




Five Ways Indoor Plants Will Change Your Life


indoor-plants-womanImproving an indoor area is sometimes just as simple as adding a plant or two to the space. In addition to adding life and a pop of color to an area, they also offer many health benefits to those around them.

Here are the top Five ways indoor plants can improve your life:

  1. Indoor plants put a smile on your face. – House and indoor plants are known to contribute to a feeling of comfort and well-being, making people feel more optimistic and calmer. Recent studies have shown that patients who are placed in a hospital room that is facing the outdoors or a garden often recovery more rapidly than those facing a wall.
  2. They purify and clean the air. – Countless studies performed by esteemed research establishments, such as NASA, have proved that plants can help eliminate potentially harmful volatile organic compounds (or VOCs), carbon dioxide, benzene, formaldehyde, and other dangerous gasses from indoor air. Many of these chemicals and compounds have been linked to headaches, nausea, respiratory problems, and may other issues.
  3. Plants can improve your sleep. – Studies have shown that the vapors from some plants, especially lavender and jasmine, may lead to a more restful sleep. Keeping one of these plants by the bed or on a night stand may help calm some people move into a state of tranquility and help prepare the body for a good night’s sleep.
  4. They can help improve focus. – Placing a plant on a desk or in a home office has been known to increase focus and productivity, allowing people to accomplish more with less stress. The Journal of Environmental Horticulture recently published a study that reported that plants are able to help employees and workers complete tasks more efficiently and with more focus.
  5. Indoor plants look great. – Sometimes decorations for a home or office just do not feel complete without a plant. Hanging planters are great additions to many different areas, while planters on stands make the most out of awkward corner area. Trailing plants looks amazing as a cascading addition to the tops of cabinets and bookcases. Plant walls are another great way to add plants to an area that is lacking in space.


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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Latest Office Trends For 2016

The Beaux-Arts Group has posted another great blog on the latest trends for the office this year and we were delighted to see that it included indoor plants!

“A look at the hottest office trends of 2016 gives us a sense of how firms are adapting to meet the needs of mobility and better attract millennials while keeping an eye on efficient use of real estate space.

The beginning of the year is a great time to assess the office landscape and determine whether improvement to layout, materials, or color might have a positive impact on your company.

As design executive Joan Blumfeld notes, it’s critical in today’s work world to embrace flexibility. It’s clear that employees will thrive when they are given access to different types of spaces, especially if the general layout is an open floor plan. You also want to generally consider access to natural light and plants as well, since both of those elements have been proven repeatedly to improve mood and cognition.


Other than those basic parameters, what office trends do designers believe will be particularly dominant this year?


Indoor Plants for Offices

1 – GETTING THE WIRES OUT OF SIGHT

In an office setting, you can end up with electronics cluttering up the feel of a space if you aren’t careful, notes designer Scott Lesizza. “Between wires, laptops and other electronic devices, to docking stations, paperwork and personal items, there are many things that can make a room full of open desks appear very disorganized,” he says. Consider choosing furniture that pays special attention to concealing these elements.

2 – BREATHING LIFE INTO THE OFFICE

The patterns on materials are becoming increasingly natural. Businesses are also starting to install more living walls so that plants are built into the environment more prominently. Plus, in the interest of employee comfort, designers increasingly want office space to feel like home.

3 – JUMPING ONBOARD WITH JEWEL

What about color? You may be familiar with the notion of a statement piece in jewelry: often a necklace, this piece draws the eye and gives the general look of an outfit a natural focal point. Jewel is used by many designers in a similar manner, as a sort of “statement color” to draw the eye and give an otherwise neutral room a more high-end ambience.

4 – NONSTANDARD MEETING AREAS

Many offices are introducing smaller areas for discussion. These alternate areas to which people can go to escape the din of the open office are considered necessary by many professionals. “Private booths and other innovative work spaces are increasingly popular for one-on-one collaboration,” explains Inc.

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Certified Green!

Everything Grows has completed the certification renewal process for the Bay Area Green Business Program!




Everything Grows is proud to have implemented the following Green practices: 

1. Recycling 100% of all plant material
2. We only use 100% organic cleaning compounds
3. We use innovative irrigation systems that use less water 
4. We optimize our service routes to minimize our carbon footprint.


Are you in need of beautiful living plants to help 'green up' your work space? 

Everything Grows Interior Landscaping provides indoor plant service, sales, leasing and long term rentals throughout the entire San Francisco Bay Area. 

We offer complimentary site visits and can accommodate almost any budget. Contact us today and one of our designers will be happy to assist you!