Thursday, September 20, 2018

Planning for the Holidays

The Everything Grows Team is hard at work preparing holiday decorations with the latest design trends.  We start in Mid August to be ready by mid November.  Here is a photo of a custom tree set we just put together:


Contact Everything Grows today if you would like to add holiday decor and living plants to your workspace. We service the entire San Francisco Bay Area, with our expertly trained plant care technicians taking Amazing care of the plants in your facility.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

How Dracaena Cane Plants are Grown

Dracaena Cane plant are often grown from root stock and the canes are cut off and then potted, where the cut off cane grows roots and takes hold has a new plant.  The root stock then grows new canes and the process repeats.

Above is a photo of Dracaena root stock being grown outside
 
This photo shows freshly cut canes about to be potted


These cut canes are potted up and allowed to take root and grow in the shade tent
The shade tent prepares the plant for eventual indoor use.

Contact Everything Grows today if you would like to add living plants to your workspace. We service the entire San Francisco Bay Area, with our expertly trained plant care technicians taking Amazing care of the plants in your facility.



Wednesday, August 29, 2018

More Plants from Hawaii


Hawaiian grown plants are great for indoor office plants here in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Here are some more photos of indoor plants growing in Hawaii taken while we toured the nurseries in Hawaii.
Hundreds of beautiful Dracaena Warneckii in the shade house

Large Leaf Ficus Lyrata Columns
Dracaena Song of India

These plants take anywhere from 1 year to 5 years or longer to grow depending on the size.  

Contact Everything Grows today if you would like to add living plants to your workspace. We service the entire San Francisco Bay Area, with our expertly trained plant care technicians taking Amazing care of the plants in your facility.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Dracaena Lisas from Hawaii

We had a chance to visit our grower for one of our best indoor plants -- the Dracaena Lisa.  They grow the cane plants with in ground root stock, then cut off the canes and plant them in grow pots filled with lava rock cinder soil.  The canes take root and the plants grow in the shade house until ready for sale.  The Dracaenas thrive in the cinder media, and it makes for a strong healthy plant that does really well in indoor office environments.

Freshly cut cane stock being tamped down into cinder
 
The secret sauce -- finely crushed volcanic cinder mixed with peat and nutrients.

Another row of Dracaena canes waiting for assembly

 The finished product ready for shipment
Contact Everything Grows today if you are ready for the benefits beautiful, high quality Dracaenas grown in Lava cinder and other lush living plants in your workspace. We service the entire San Francisco Bay Area, with our expertly trained plant care technicians taking Amazing care of the plants in your facility.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Hand Blown Tillandsia Bowl

Tillandsia air plants pull moisture out of the air to survive.  They are great in terrariums and bowls like the one pictured below which we recently installed for a customer located in Pleasanton, CA.  In humid areas, tillandsias do fine on their own, but in the San Francisco Bay Area and indoor office environments, they will need an occasional spritz of water to survive.

Hand blown glass bowl with rock and air plants

This arrangement is a variety of tillandsias placed on a bed of pebbles.  The vase is hand blown glass molded over a piece of burled wood.  The vase rests freely on the wood and you can see burn marks on the wood where the glass blower pressed the glass against it to mold the glass around the wood.    

Everything Grows has all kinds of custom containers so if you would like something unique for your office space contact us and  we would happy to provide a no cost design consultation.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Rhapis Palm from Hawaii

Rhapis palms are a beautiful addition to your interior foliage.  They need good indirect light and plenty of water and do well in our San Francisco Bay Area indoor environments.   In the tropics they are prolific as you can see by this picture of a group of rhapis in an open air atrium in Kailua-Kona Hawaii.  

Rhapis in Hawaii thriving in humid environment

Here is a medium size rhapis palm that we place and care for, bringing a little of the tropics to your work space:

Medium size rhapis palm
Everything Grows places rhapis palms as large as 10-12 feet tall.  We select the highest quality Hawaiian grown rhapis so they are long lasting and look great in your office space.
Contact us if you are interested in placing rhapis or any indoor plants in your workspace. We provide excellent care for the plants and guarantee that they will always look good while under our care or we replace them for no charge!

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Crotons in the Wild

We had a chance to go to Hawaii to visit some of our growers and see many tropical plants in their native environment.   Below are pictures of Crotons both in the potted form that we place indoors, and in the wild in Hawaii glowing outdoors.  It is amazing to see how big and beautiful they are in warm humid weather.  These plants do great indoors in bright light which keeps the foliage colorful with orange, red and yellow hues.  

In the wilds of Hawaii:




 And tamed for indoor table tops:






Contact Everything Grows today if you are considering crotons or other beautiful interior plants for your workspace. Have one of our designers provide a complementary plant design followed with our amazing plant care from our expertly trained plant care technicians.  We service the entire San Francisco Bay Area.


Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Orchids!

Everything Grows hand picks beautiful orchids from local growers to assure the freshest most beautiful orchids for all of our customer locations. Orchids are wonderful office plants that are perfect for making a statement for your employees or guests and best of all live orchid arrangements are much more cost effective than cut flowers. Orchids are beautiful and elegant when they stand alone or can be added as the centerpiece for an arrangement. Below are some photos we took on a recent nursery trip to select orchids for our customers:



Contact Everything Grows today if you are considering an orchid arrangement and beautiful interior plants in your workspace. Have one of our designer provide a complementary plant design followed with our amazing plant care from our expertly trained plant care technicians.  We service the entire San Francisco Bay Area.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Interior Plants Makes You Mindful

 Being Mindful or present in the moment seems easy. But it's not. There are many distractions, for example stress at work, in our relationships, in the news and so on. Studies show practicing mindfulness produces a variety of physical, psychological and social benefits.

In today's fast-paced world, taking time to center yourself, quite your thoughts and live in the moment should be something we regularly make time for. Thinking about something as simple as caring for Interior Plants calms your mind.
Keeping indoor plants in the home and office connects us to nature. Plus, there multiple scientific studies that prove proximity to plants reduce stress, increase productivity, and even helps you heal and sleep better. 

To read the full article on indoor plants make you more mindful click here: Mindfulness article

Contact Everything Grows today if you are ready for the benefits beautiful, high quality indoor plants in your workspace. We service the entire San Francisco Bay Area, with our expertly trained plant care technicians taking Amazing care of the plants in your facility.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Indoor Plant Swapping



The Wall Street Journal just published and article titled: "Plant Swaps: the Cheap Way to Score Rare Houseplants" that pointed out how popular indoor plants are becoming. The article is behind a pay wall, so you will only be able to read the first part if you do not have access.  It is a great article about people meeting to trade cuttings and plants to add to their indoor plant collections.  

The good news is we have our own plant swapping opportunity right here in Oakland called The Plant Exchange: They have regular events where you can buy and trade indoor and outdoor plants and potting materials.  Everything Grows regularly donates extra plants to this non-profit organization, so you might end up with a plant from our warehouse.

Are you ready to liven up your workspace with beautiful live plants?  At Everything Grows selecting the right plants for your office environment is our specialty. Contact us today for a complimentary site visit and design consultation and let us come up with an interior landscape that will meet most every budget!



Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Happy 4th of July!

Everything Grows will be closed on Wednesday July 4th to celebrate the 4th of July Holiday.  We hope you have a great 4th of July weekend!


Below is a photo of the Croton Zanzibar -- it very much reminds us of fireworks!
Croton Zanzibar (above)

Below are two other plants in the same family:

Croton Mamey (above)

Croton Super California (above)

Crotons are very colorful plants that require good lighting to maintain their color.  If they do not get good light, the leaves will turn mostly green.

Are you in need of lush living plants to enhance your work space? Everything Grows Interior Landscaping provides indoor plant service, sales 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!



Monday, June 25, 2018

DIY Vertical Garden

Designed as part of the Ikea Lab idea development program, the Growroom is an open source vertical garden. It is designed specifically to be effective in small urban spaces. The Sphere-shaped structure’s design allows light and water to reach every level of the garden while still providing shade and shelter for visitors within.
This can help communities to become more agriculturally self-sustainable. In other countries such as the Netherlands a leading supermarket has created an in store herb garden, so that customers can pick their own herbs.

As a part of the Growrooms goal of increasing local food sustainability, local makers only need the basic tools to construct the garden. The entire structure is made from plywood, a material that is fairly easily accessed.

Here is the link to the complete article on how to build your own grow room:

Steps to install your own DIY Vertical Garden

Everything Grows does not construct Growrooms but this was something that we wanted to post for an eco friendly structure that can be a helpful DIY. Below is a photo of an indoor green wall that Everything Grows provides.


Vertical Plant Wall Installed by Everything Grows
Contact Everything Grows today if you are ready for the benefits of beautiful interior plants in your workspace. We service the entire San Francisco Bay Area, with our expertly trained plant care technicians taking Amazing care of the plants in your facility.




Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Succulents!

We were asked to freshen up the containers outside the front door at this Silicon Valley office building and came up with this elegant succulent arrangement that really goes well with the concrete containers and the glass and concrete entry.  The lighting is just right so the succulents should thrive in this location.



Contact Everything Grows today if you are ready for the benefits beautiful, high quality succulents and lush living plants in your workspace. We service the entire San Francisco Bay Area, with our expertly trained plant care technicians taking Amazing care of the plants in your facility.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Indoor Plants up to the Rafters!

Everything Grows just received a large shipment of grade A commercial tropical plants to kick off the summer growing season and our shelves are full and ready to serve our commercial plant customers.  We have a wide range of table top foliage and flowering plants as well as lush green floor plants for your workspace, lobby, hotel, or office building.

Our racks are full at Everything Grows!

Time for an orchid arrangement on your reception desk?
Contact Everything Grows today if you are ready for the benefits beautiful, high quality living plants in your workspace. We service the entire San Francisco Bay Area, with our expertly trained plant care technicians living in close proximity to their routes.  Not only are we green on the inside of your building, but we are certified green on the outside as well!

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Get in the Groove

Contact Everything Grows today if you are ready for the benefits beautiful, high quality living plants in your workspace!

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Indoor Plants 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.
Contact Everything Grows today if you are interested in putting these beautiful high quality plants in your workspace!

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

New Plants For Building Lobby

Everything Grows just completed a building lobby plant installation in Oakland that turned out great!

Here are a few photos:


Note how the two 'Earth Walls' make a great natural partition for the back of the couch.

Are you considering plants for your building lobby? Let Everything Grows help you select the right plants and decorative containers for your lobby or work environment. Contact us today for a complimentary site visit and design consultation and let us come up with a perfect interior landscape for you.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Plants Add To Mid Century Design

These plants and containers were selected to compliment this retro / modern office design and they fit perfectly!

 

 

 

 
 
Do you need to put the finishing touch on your office design? Everything Grows selecting the right plants and decorative containers for your office environment is our specialty. Contact us today for a complimentary site visit and design consultation and let us come up with a perfect interior landscape for you.