Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Spotlight: Bird's Nest Fern


Origin: Southeast Asia and Tropical Australia
Bird's Nest Fern


Height:Up to 2 ft (60 cm) in a container indoors

Light: Moderate to bright light. No direct sun, which can scorch the fronds. Give the pot a quarter turn each week for even growth.

Water: Keep soil evenly moist. Water the potting mix, not the center of the rosette, otherwise it can easily rot. Water less in winter. Yellow fronds are often a sign of overwatering.

Humidity: Moderate. If the relative humidity drops below 50%, use a humidity tray or room humidifier to add moisture to the air around the fern. Brown leaf tips are a sign of dry air.
Temperature: Slightly cool to average room temps (60-75°F/16-24°C) suit this tropical fern just fine.
 

Soil: Peat moss based, such as African violet potting mix.
 

Japanese Bird's Nest Fern
Fertilizer: Feed every 2 weeks in spring and summer with a balanced liquid fertilizer diluted by half.

Propagation: This fern is propagated by spores, which is difficult to do for the home grower.

As Bird Nest Fern ages, the oldest, outer fronds will turn brown. This is normal. You can cut them off at the base to keep the plant looking neat. Those upright fronds tend to be dust-catchers. Keep the broad, shiny fronds dust-free by spraying with water and gently wiping them with a damp cloth. Never use leafshine products on ferns because it can severely damage their delicate fronds.
 

Repot young plants in spring, every couple years or when the roots fill the pot. If you find that the roots are attached to the pot, run a knife around the inside to loosen them before you can remove the rootball. You may need to break the pot to remove it. It's a good idea to use a container with drainage holes to avoid soggy soil. Take care not to pack down the potting mix; this fern likes a loose mixture. 

This fern's problems are few. Watch for scale insects, that look like small, brown discs on fronds. If you find an invasion of these pests, spray with soapy water followed by clean water. Don't use insecticides on ferns because they are easily damaged by chemicals.


Interested in placing the Bird's Nest fern or other plants in your work space? Contact Everything Grows today if you would like to add grade A commercial quality living indoor plants and custom containers 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, January 24, 2019

New Office Plants in San Francisco

Everything Grows placed new plants and containers in a beautiful San Francisco office space that complimented their decor perfectly.  We have many custom container colors available, so we were able to match the container color with the orange in the customers logo to nicely tie in the design.

Here are some photos of the installation:





Are you looking to put the finishing touch on your office decor? Contact Everything Grows today if you would like to add grade A commercial quality living indoor plants and custom containers 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, January 16, 2019

Japanese Garden Trucks

We came across this interesting article on an annual competition in Japan to build gardens in the back of small work trucks.  Below are a few photos of beautiful gardens:





While we do not do garden trucks, we do a great job with indoor tropical plants. Contact Everything Grows today if you would like to add grade A commercial quality living indoor 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, January 9, 2019

A Clean Plant is a Happy Plant

One of the amazing services Everything Grows provides is our plant cleaning. By cleaning your plant with every visit we are able to prevent layers of dust from building up on your indoor plants. Dust blocks your plants leaves from getting the sunlight they need, this means your plants ability to photosynthesize is reduced. Photosynthesizing is how your plant is able to feed itself naturally. It also helps to prevent disease, pest infestations, and stress.



Remember to do this with your own plants as well. You can wipe the individual leaves, brush off the dust, and clean your plant's pot to keep them happy and looking nursery fresh year round! 


Contact Everything Grows today if you would like to add grade A commercial quality 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, January 2, 2019

Double Duty

The air you breathe indoors may not be as healthy as you think. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, organic chemicals commonly found in your home or office such as paints, disinfectants, cosmetics and fuels emit chemicals called volatile organic compounds (VOCs). These VOCs are the leading cause of sick building syndrome, a health threat that leads to headaches, skin irritations, hypersensitivity and more.



Based on two scientific studies, one by NASA, and a follow up by Dr. B.C. Wolverton, there are certain plants that remove thousands of micro-grams of these VOC's a day.

Some of them include plants Everything Grows offers such as the Dracaena Marginata, the Dracaena Janet Craigi, the Dracaena Warneckii, and the Bamboo Palm.  See our plant catalog to see what these plants look like.





The next time you're thinking about buying plants for the office or for home remember they are on double duty, not only do they look good, but, they are good for your health as well!

Contact Everything Grows today if you are ready for the health benefits that beautiful plants can bring into 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.