Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Warehouse Full Of Plants

The Everything Grows warehouse is full of large and small beautiful tropical plants ready for your workspace. Contact us today if you are considering plants for your office and we will come out to give you a complimentary design and proposal that fits your needs and budget.  

Everything Grows provides guaranteed plant service where we replace plants under our care when they start to look old or fail at no extra cost beyond the fixed monthly service fee. 

Many of the plants in the warehouse photos below will be used as replacement plants at various customer locations to maintain the nursery fresh look we strive for.  




   

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Spotlight: Ficus Benjamina


Ficus benjamina (weeping fig), part of the large Moraceae, or Mulberry, family, are native to Southeast Asia, India and Australia. F. benjamina has glossy green elliptical shaped leaves and a light tan colored trunk. Mature plants may produce small, inedible figs. Ficus benjaminas are available in a wide variety of forms including multiple standards, columns, braided, single trunks, bonsai, bush and corkscrew. 

Ficus Benjamina Column

Adjusting to the indoor environment

Ficus benjaminas grown in high light use vast amounts of water, grow rapidly and produce thick foliage canopies. Leaves are light colored, cup-shaped, thicker and smaller in size than leaves grown under low light. These adaptations protect leaf surfaces from high light intensity, reduce transpiration rates and help conserve moisture.
Ficus varieties used in interiorscapes need to adjust to lower humidity levels and light intensities. To begin the acclimatization process, Ficus grown in direct sun are moved to shade houses for 8 to 10 weeks before they are shipped to interiorscapers. As the Ficus adjusts to the lower light levels, it drops leaves it can no longer support. Growers reduce water and fertilizer levels to help slow the plant’s rapid metabolism and conserve food reserves. The plant acclimates further when placed in the interiorscape. The entire adjustment period may take up to three months. A fully acclimated Ficus produces leaves that are deep green, thinner, more supple and larger than sun-grown leaves. The foliage canopy is more open and spreading. Growth is slower and the Ficus requires less water. To help new Ficus adjust to the indoor environment, remove excess fertilizers from the top of grow pots. Closely monitor the moisture in the media. A new Ficus uses more water initially and less water as it acclimates. To allow more light to reach individual leaves, thin dense clumps of foliage; remove yellow leaves; prune twigs and branches growing towards the center.

Keeping roots healthy

Ficus roots need a growing media with a pH between 5.5 and 6.5, and good pore space for gas exchanges and root expansion. Keep roots healthy by watering the entire root ball thoroughly, then allowing the plant to dry out sufficiently. In medium light (100 – 200fc) allow growing media to dry down 1/3 of the container; in higher light conditions allow media to dry down 2″ to 1/4 of the pot.
Roots can be damaged by improper moisture levels. Underwatered plants develop symptoms such as mottled yellow leaves, leaf drop and withered stems. Overwatered plants drop green leaves, show signs of stunted and pale new growth, and may develop root and stem rots.
Fertilize healthy plants with a complete water-soluble fertilizer during times of active growth. Do not fertilize unacclimated, stressed or infested plants. Test the growing media periodically for excess soluble salts which can damage delicate roots and interfere with water absorption. Ficus benjamina has dense, fibrous root systems that grow rapidly. Ficus grown in medium light conditions prefer to be slightly root boxed, but plants in high light may need to be root pruned and repotted every 2-3 years.

Keeping foliage healthy

Ficus benjamina prefer a minimum light range of 200 Foot Candles, but can be acclimated to light levels around 100FC. Plants in higher light grow faster and use more water than similar plants in lower light. Ficus benjamina are very phototropic and need to be rotated regularly.
Clean Ficus leaves regularly to promote healthy growth. Commercial solutions such as Leaf-Tek by Leaf-Tek Products or Clean & Feed by Botanical Science work well at cleaning built up grime and dust on foliage. If you prefer, you can mix up a mild solution of 1-2 tsp dish soap and 2 tbsp alcohol mixed in 1-quart water. Spray until runoff and hand wipe foliage with sponges or rags. Gently wipe branches and trunk with a soap solution and a sponge to remove dust, insect pests and sap.
Ficus are pruned for varying reasons — to help acclimate the plant, to remove pests or to thin and shape the tree as it ages. Follow these guidelines when pruning Ficus benjaminas:

  • Use sharp pruners and scissors to prevent damaging bark tissue.
  • Cut close to, but not into, the bark branch collar (the slight swelling located where one branch connects to another branch or trunk)
  • Do not remove more than 30% of the foliage at one time.
Ficus are susceptible to scale, mealy bug, spider mites, excess soluble salts, Phomopsis die back, and air pollution. Control pests by pruning out small infestations, wiping individual pests with alcohol on a cotton swab or washing off pests with dish soap and water. Control disease development by providing the correct environmental conditions and moisture levels for optimum growth. Monitor soluble salt levels and leach media regularly to prevent salt build up.

Are you considering beautiful living plants for your workspace? Let our experienced Everything Grows Interior Landscaping design team lend a hand. We provide complimentary site visits and can accommodate almost any budget. Contact us today and one of our designers will be happy to assist you.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

'Hot' Succulents

We came across this recent article in the Washington Post about people taking succulents from state parks and smuggling them out of the country to sell.  This story could almost be amusing if it were not so sad, and almost ridiculous since we have access to beautiful inexpensive succulents at nurseries and garden centers everywhere.  Furthermore, succulents are so easy to propagate by simply breaking off a petal and placing them on damp soil.  


There is no need to resort to crime if you want succulents for your workspace!  Everything Grows Interior Landscaping has access to the best selection of succulents from wholesale growers in California and provide 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!

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Spotlight: Dracaenas

Dracaenas are a family of cane plants that come in a wide variety and have great utility for indoor plants.  They are used to being under the tropical forest canopy and do not need a lot of light the thrive.  Everything Grows Interior Landscaping places many of them in work space throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and they really add a pop of lush green color to indoor space.

Here are some photos of popular varieties of Dracaenas.  If you see any you like and have to have one for your work space -- call and let us know!


Draceana Compacta (Above)
Draceana Massangeana (Above)

Draceana Lisa (Above)

Draceana Marginata (Above)


Draceana Warneckii (Above)

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!

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Ficus Decora Cleans the Air

A few years back NASA did a study to determine which indoor plants best cleaned the air  and came up with a top 25 list.  Many of the the plants that Everything Grows offers with its interior plant service are on the list.  

One of them is the Ficus Decora known as the Rubber Plant. It is a hardy indoor plant that can tolerate lower light levels found in indoor environments.  Not only does this plant produce oxygen from Carbon Dioxide, but it also absorbs harmful formaldehyde.

Here is a picture of a small Ficus Decora with its dark shiny leaves:

 

Are you in need of beautiful air cleaning indoor plants for your workspace?   Contact Everything Grows today to have one of our in-house designers visit your office for a complimentary consultation and design proposal to help make your space come alive with plants!

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Spotlight: Cast Iron Plant

Aspidistras are called the cast-iron plant because they can tolerate poor growing conditions such as weak light and low temperatures which would kill many other interior plants.



 It is an old-fashioned tough interior plant. In fact the Aspidistra was a favorite indoor plant during the Victorian era when houses were anything but bright and airy. Today, in the warmer climate of the Southern United States, you will find Aspidistra usually growing completely carefree as a ground cover in dense, dark shade.

It takes considerable time to grow an Aspidistra to specimen size. Ironically, it is not always available in nurseries. This is partly because of its slow growth and not being properly appreciated. Aspidistras is usually grown in 6″, 8″; and 10″ pots. As a bushy potted plant 12 to 24 inches tall and wide the Aspidistra is a perfect plant for indoors. Aspidistra is an ideal plant for that cooler area of your work space to bring the tropics indoors.
Aspidistra tolerates:

- dust as well as heat, cold, wet soil, drought, neglect and dimly lighted places.
- temperatures as low as 28 degrees without injury to the foliage.
- low light levels.

Are you considering beautiful living plants for your workspace? Let our experienced Everything Grows Interior Landscaping design team lend a hand. We provide complimentary site visits and can accommodate almost any budget. Contact us today and one of our designers will be happy to assist you.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Warehouse Stocked With Plants!

The Everything Grows Warehouse is well stocked and ready for service.  We have plants for new customers and keep plenty of plants on hand for existing customer replacements as part of our replacement guarantee.  Should any plants fail under our care, we replace them at no additional charge.  Here are a few photos of plants on hand in our warehouse:


Looking for plants for your workspace? Let our experienced Everything Grows Interior Landscaping design team lend a hand! We provide complimentary site visits and can accommodate almost any budget. Contact us today and one of our designers will be happy to assist you!

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Complimentary Renderings

When Everything Grows does a proposal for installing plants in your space, we provide complimentary digital renderings of what the plants will look like in your space so you know exactly what you are getting.  Here is a before and after photo set that shows what our rendering looks like compared to the final result:


 Built-in planter box before photo (above)
 Everything Grows digital rendering of proposed plants (above)
Here are photos of the live plants after installation (below):

Putting the finishing touches put on your office design? Let our experienced Everything Grows Interior Landscaping design team lend a hand! We provide complimentary site visits and can accommodate almost any budget. Contact us today and one of our designers will be happy to assist you!

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Cement Bowls Are In!

This large cement bowl full of plants recently installed by Everything Grows really looks great at this customer site in Oakland.  Cement and stone bowls are trending right now and you can see why here:



The cement bowl above is 24" in diameter but we can get a variety of sizes depending on your needs.

Are you considering adding live plants to your workspace?  Contact Everything Grows today to have one of our in-house designers visit your office for a complimentary consultation and design proposal to help make your space come alive with plants and the latest styles of containers.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Geometry in Plants


Here are some great photos of geometric plants

 Aloe Polyphylla (above)


 Amazon Lily (above)
 
 Crassula Buddhas Temple Plant (above)
 
Dahlia (above)
 
 Drosophyllum Lusitanicum (above)
 
 
Hoya Aldrichii (above)

Are you ready for lush living plants for your workspace?   Contact Everything Grows today to have one of our in-house designers visit your office for a complimentary consultation and design proposal to help make your space come alive with plants!



Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Plants Shield Glass

Modern open space office often have large glass walls that people walk into if they are not paying attention.  We sometimes get requests to strategically place plants in front of glass walls or other hazards to prevent people from bumping into them. Below are photos of two well placed plants that shield large panes of glass.





Are you ready for plants for your workspace?   Contact Everything Grows today to have one of our in-house designers visit your office for a complimentary consultation and design proposal to help make your space come alive with plants!

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

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 286th 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 broccoli, cauliflower, lettuce, potatoes, and carrots in Honduras
Growing corn in Kenya

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, March 20, 2019

Dracaena Cane Plants

We get the best Dracaena Cane plants from our growers in Hawaii for placement in your office or facility.  Below are photos of two varieties that we recently installed:

This Dracaena Warneckii is large and full and gorgeous

This Dracaena Lisa is big and beautiful

Are you considering plants for your office?  How about these Draceanas super full and lush or many other varieties and sizes of indoor plants.  Contact Everything Grows for all of your commercial indoor plant needs.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Living Plant Wall

This large living plant wall in the reception area of this office workspace creates a dramatic focal point for employees and visitors alike.  Designed, installed and maintained by Everything Grows.

Finished live plant wall

Installation underway
Are you interested in a living plant wall at your work space? Contact Everything Grows today to have one of our in-house designers visit for a complimentary consultation and design proposal to help make your office come alive with plants!

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Open Office too Open?

Open office floor plans have been the big trend for a number of years now, and some companies are finding that after taking down the walls to foster interaction and collaboration, they have done the job too well.

An article in the Wall Street Journal, "Why You Can’t Concentrate at Work" says that "visual noise" is an unforeseen consequence of today's open-plan work spaces that is distracting workers.

From the article: "Visual noise, the activity or movement around the edges of an employee’s field of vision, can erode concentration and disrupt analytical thinking or creativity, research shows. While employers have long tried to quiet disruptive sounds in open work spaces, some are now combating visual noise too. The answer could be as low-tech as strategically placed plants or more drab wall colors." 

Earth Walls with Sansevieria separating a lounge area from a walkway (above)



The article goes on to discuss a number of solutions to the problem, including placing plants to break up large lines of sight to help shield workers from visual distractions.  The plants have the added benefit of keeping the noise down too.

We have seen this first hand at Everything Grows Interior Landscaping with our Silicon Valley customers and have a wide selection of plants and containers to create beautiful natural visual barriers with the added benefits of noise dampening and fresher air.  

Our most popular solution for open work spaces that are too open is our Earth Wall. They come 3 to 4 feet long and stand 4 to 6 feet high depending on the type of plant selected.  They can be moved around, and we even offer casters for concrete floors that make it even easier to re-position the Earth Walls as the office space grows/changes.

Earth Walls are great for separating meeting areas or walkways from work areas. Here are a few examples below:  

Earth Walls with Sansevieria in the background and Agloanemas in the foreground separating a collaboration area from work areas (above)




This display shows three different types of plants in Earth Walls on casters. From left to right: Sansevieria, Neanthe Bella Palm, Agloanema (above)


This downtown San Francisco office used Earth Walls extensively to help break up an overly open work space. Distractions went down and productively went up. (above)

Do you have an overly collaborative or visually distracting open office that could benefit from Earth Walls to get your employees refocused on the task at hand?   Contact Everything Grows today to have one of our in-house designers visit your office for a complimentary consultation and design proposal. Let us help you get more productive!

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Aerial Roots

Aerial roots are roots that grow on the above-ground parts of a plant. Aerial roots on woody vines function as anchors, affixing the plant to supporting structures such as trellises, rocks and walls.





Some types of aerial roots also absorb moisture and nutrients, just like underground roots. Plants that live in marshes and bogs have underground roots, but they can’t absorb gasses from the air. These plants produce above ground “breathing roots” to help them with air exchange.

Are you considering beautiful tropical plants for your work space?  Contact Everything Grows today for a free evaluation and proposal by one of our plant experts and designers.  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, February 21, 2019

Propagating Pothos

Pothos are one of the most common houseplants. They come in varying colored patterns, are easy to maintain as they are not as fussy about light or water as other plants. They are very versatile as well; they can be cut short, or left to run wild to trail over shelves or even climb your wall like ivy. They are also so popular because they are easy to propagate. 


To propagate begin by snipping off 4 to 6 inch lengths of healthy stem for your pothos cuttings, making sure each cutting has four or more leaves. Remove the leaf that is closest to the cut end. Once you’ve cut your stems, you’re ready to begin rooting.




Place the cut ends in a jar or cup filled with filtered room-temperature water. For an extra boost you can dip the cut end into hormone rooting powder. Simply place the cutting and water in an area that gets plenty of light and wait. A month after the first roots appear you should move the roots into soil. If left too long the roots will have a hard time adjusting to soil.

Are you ready for beautiful tropical plants for your work space?  Contact Everything Grows today for a free evaluation and proposal by one of our plant experts and designers.  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, February 13, 2019

Sensitive Plants: Mimosa Pudica

The Mimosa Pudica is known as a "sensitive plant" because, if you touch it even lightly or drop it or disturb it, within seconds it folds its tiny leaves into what looks like a frightened or defensive curl.



Having this knowledge in mind, Monica Gagliano, associate professor of biology at the University of Western Australia decided to do some research. She wanted to understand what made these plants tick, why, and when they would "act defensive". Did they have memories?


She decided to test this idea, that she would drop them, as if they were on a thrill ride in an amusement park for plants. The mimosa plants reacted. Their leaves shut tight. But as Gagliano repeated the stimulus—seven sets of 60 drops each, all in one day—the plants’ response changed. 

Soon, when they were dropped, they didn’t react at all. It wasn’t that they were worn out: When she shook them, they still shut their leaves tight. It was as if they knew that being dropped was nothing to freak out about.
Three days later, Gagliano came back to the lab and tested the same plants again. Down they went, and … nothing. The plants were just as stoic as before.

She waited a month and dropped them again. Their leaves stayed open. According to the rules that scientists routinely apply to animals, the mimosa plants had demonstrated that they could learn.
In the study of the plant kingdom, a slow revolution is underway. Scientists are beginning to understand that plants have abilities, previously unnoticed and un-imagined, that we’ve only ever associated with animals. In their own ways, plants can see, smell, feel, hear, and know where they are in the world.

Interested in beautiful tropical plants that might be more intelligent than some of your coworkers?  Contact Everything Grows today for a free evaluation and proposal by one of our plant experts and designers.  We service the entire San Francisco Bay Area, with our expertly trained plant care technicians taking amazing care of the plants in your facility.