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.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Fabulous Patio Succulents

These custom succulent arrangements turned our great for this San Jose customer's patio:

Custom built container in color to compliment fencing
Gorgeous cement table top container


Modern galvanized steel hanging succulent arrangement 

This patio comes to life with live succulent arrangements

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!


Thursday, May 3, 2018

Rhapis Palm Growth Cycle

Rhapis Palms are one of the more exotic and beautiful plants that we place indoors.  They need good light, and a lot of water and nutrients to thrive.  They are one of more expensive plants to place, in part because they take so long to grow.  A 5 foot tall Rhapis palm takes about 5 years to grow.


Below is the growth cycle of the Rhapis Palm  
The production of Rhapis begins with seeds that once germinated are grown for the first year under partial shade:






The plants are then brought outside to develop further:






After a year of being outside in full sun, the plants are transplanted into 2 gallon grow pots and brought back into the greenhouse to finish under partial shade:






Once the plants reach a certain height and density, they are sold as a 2 gallon Rhapis or potted into a 5 gallon grow pot to grow on further: 

 


Again, once the plants reach a certain height and density, they are sold as 5 gallon Rhapis or potted up to 7 gallon and grown on. This process of growing on continues from 7gal to 10gal to 15gal to 20gal. Eventually, you arrive a beauties like these:


 

Rhapis are fairly slow growing plants. The rule of thumb is that Rhapis grow about 1 ft per year, which I why they are one of the more expensive plants in the industry. However, their flexibility and longevity make them worth the wait.

Are you interested in Rhapis Palms or other commercial grade live indoor plants for your workspace?  Everything Grows has a wide range of colors and sizes available. Contact us today for a complimentary site visit and design consultation and let us come up with an interior landscape for your workspace.