Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Happy Halloween from Everything Grows!




We decorated this pumpkin with succulents and reindeer moss for a wonderful fall decoration.

Contact Everything Grows today if you would like to add grade A commercial quality living plants to your workspace. Plants in the workplace have been proven to increase alertness and productivity, and reduce sickness. 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, October 17, 2018

Amazon Biospheres

A rain forest is thriving in one of the most unlikely places: Amazon's campus in downtown Seattle. It's called the Spheres, and it's a trio of massive glass domes that sit amid Amazon's business center. The Spheres are intended to serve as a space for Amazon employees to work and collaborate with their colleagues, all while relaxing among flora and fauna from across the globe. The Spheres officially opened earlier this year and are part of the $4 billion construction of Amazon's Seattle Headquarters Read the full story and see lots of photos here.

Inside the biosphere

The biospheres
Contact Everything Grows today if you would like to add grade A commercial quality living plants to your workspace. Plants in the workplace have been proven to increase alertness and productivity, and reduce sickness. 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, October 10, 2018

Visit to the Nursery

We thought you might enjoy seeing photos from one of the Nurseries that we get our commercial grade A indoor plants from.  Almost all of our best indoor tropical plants come from Hawaii, San Diego, or Florida.
Kentia Palms


Dracaena Compacta

Aglaonemas

Ficus Lyratas

Dracaena Rikkis

Succulents

Bird's Nest Ferns
Contact Everything Grows today if you would like to add grade A  commercial quality living plants to your workspace. Plants in the workplace have been proven to increase alertness and productivity, and reduce sickness.  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, October 3, 2018

5 Plants for the Best Sleep

We found this fun article on the Power of Positivity web site and thought that you might enjoy it:


5 Plants That Help You Get The Best Sleep
These five plants will get you to dreamland faster than Faithless singing “I can’t get no sleep.” So forget counting sheep, here are Power of Positivity’s Top Five plants for a decent night’s shut-eye.

1. Aloe Vera
Say “Aloe” to Vera! Aloe Vera, known in Ancient Egypt as the food of immortality, is low maintenance and also emits oxygen during the night in the home. Giving off oxygen is the catalyst to kip (“sleep” in British English slang), which staves off insomnia. This gives you the best sleep you could ever want. You can even get an Aloe Vera sleeping pack, including a mask. Ladies, fancy some all-night pampering while you sleep? Or was that a silly question?

2. Lavender Plant
Purple plant power present. Perfect for reducing those stress and anxiety levels to help you sleep at night. Lavender helps lower the heart rate, too. It promotes pure relaxation, which is precisely what sleep is. Many people use it in the bathtub after being put through their paces at their 9 to 5. Purple plant power pampering indeed!

3. Jasmine Plant
This is Princess Jasmine’s plant, and Aladdin can be rest assured that his sweetie is getting her beauty sleep. What is her secret? It is the smell of the Jasmine Plant, increasing the quality of sleep and helps after you wake up with elevated levels of alertness and productivity and lessened levels of anxiety. She does not need to use one of her three wishes that the Genie gave her. If it is good enough for a princess, ladies…

4. English Ivy
Forget English tea, English Ivy is definitely the plant to help thee. English Ivy is simple to grow and it is the best air purifier around, being beneficial for those with pulmonary problems, including asthma. It reduces air molds by a whopping 94% to help you get some well-earned kip. For those not from the country of Pride and Prejudice and Downtown Abbey, it is time to give London a miss and head out into the enchanting English countryside for some English Ivy seeds. It is why English cottages have them all over the exterior walls.

5. Snake Plant
Sansevieria AKA Snake Plant
Fear not, dear friends. This plant will not bite your head off, I assure you! What is there not to love about this plant? It is easily maintained, pleasant on the eye in the home, and improve air quality and general atmosphere within it. No harm involved at all. In fact, you might be tempted to put a couple in your place and let them do their thing.


Contact Everything Grows today if you would like to add living plants to your workspace. Plants in the workplace have been proven to increase alertness and productivity, and reduce sickness.  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 26, 2018

Everything Grows Helping Others

For each new customer at Everything Grows we give back by making a donation and loan to a Kiva entrepreneur.   It is our way of sharing our success and helping someone else succeed as well.  Since 2007, We are celebrating our 274th donation and loan this week. See the people we have helped through Kiva.

Kiva.org's mission is to give all people - even in the most remote areas of the globe - the power to create opportunity for themselves and others. We have found Kiva to be a great way to help support the entrepreneurial spirit throughout the world.  


Growing Garlic in Tanzania

Growing broccoli, cauliflower, lettuce, potatoes, and carrots in Honduras

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, 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.