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Wednesday, 25 January 2012
Introducing Greencare's first living art wall!
We are proud to present this beautiful work of nature. Thanks to an ingenious new technology, you can now enjoy a stunning living art work that will never stop amazing you and your friends.
This is a whole new way to put plants together, a whole new way to create incredible designs, a whole new way to enjoy the gift of nature in your house and office.
Indoor and outdoor living walls or green walls were created and developed by Frenchman Patrick Blanc. With his very special skills and an inventive and creative mind, he replicated what he saw in the jungles around the world: plants of all kind growing vertically attaching themselves on to rocks and trees to form a formidable canvas of colors, shapes, textures and simple beauty.
Let us bring you this unique concept to your office or your house.
Let us transform your space into exciting living green walls!
Thursday, 12 January 2012
Alright so the boss just told you to go ahead and find a plant company.
A what? you are thinking...a plant company? Where I am going to find that?
Okay so the easiest thing to do is to start with Google.
"Plant company"....well I didn't mean plant like factory.
Let's try "Office Plants"..... Yeah, we're getting there.
How about "Buy Office Plants Houston"?....... You nailed it!
HoustonInteriorPlants.com is the most convenient way to buy house plants and office plants in Houston.
Here are the best key words to find a plant service or an indoor plant nursery in your town:
Interior Plants + your city
Office Plants + your city
Buy Indoor, Office, or House Plants + your city
You are guaranteed to find the major players in your town.
Monday, 02 January 2012
This is the time of the year we are more likely to attempt at changing things in our life.
Here are a few easy adjustments that will help you keep your indoor plants nice and healthy.
1- Pick a day of the week and make it the day you care for your plants. Regularity is a very important factor in maintaining house plants.
2- When watering your plants, keep in mind that most plants are killed by overwatering them. It is also much easier and faster to correct an under watering problem than an over watering one.
3- Always keep your plants dust free. Not only will they look better, they will stay healthier and bug free.
4- Think about rotating your plants on a monthly basis. Interior plants always grow towards the light. By rotating them you will keep them from being one sided and they will stay stronger as well.
5- On your maintenance day, make sure you pick up yellow or dead leaves, trim bad tips and brown leaves. The plant will look better but also you will better be able to control potential problems. If yellow leaves appear between 2 maintenance days, you know that it probably has to do with what you did or didn't do last time you checked your plant.
6- Apply a leaf shine on a monthly basis. It will make your plant look better and healthier but also it will keep the dust and sometimes the bugs away.
7- If you decide asking your assistant to care for your office plants, make sure he/she applies the few basic advice we just gave you!
8- If you don't have the time or the desire to keep up with your plants, hire a professional interior landscaper
! You might be surprised to see how affordable it can be.
Wednesday, 14 December 2011
f you are looking at getting indoor plants for your office, one of the first question you are probably asking yourself is: what are the easiest house plants to maintain and take care of?
After all you are at work and you probably don't have much time to dedicate to your plants. At the same time you want your office space to look good and you don't really want to have a bunch of plants screaming for help!
So the solution is to find plants able survive on minimal care and some that can even take some neglect while maintaining a healthy look and keeping up appearances so to speak.
By now you are probably thinking I am about to offer you artificial plants. There are actually several live office floor plants you can buy and are sure to make you happy. These are plants that require little water or will recover easily from a lack of water. At the same time they are plants that are very resistant to pest and problems in general.
Here are the top 5 easiest office floor plants:
- ZZ Plant. Probably the easiest of all interior plants, they require very little water, will acclimate to high, medium and even low light levels and are known for never getting any bugs. On top of all that, they are really cool looking!
- Hawaiian Lisa Cane. This is a taller plant with beautiful dark green foliage. Give it a good drink every 2 or 3 weeks and they will be happy. These plants will acclimate to high, medium and even low light levels.
- Closet Plant. These plant will need more water than the 2 previous selections but they remind you when they are thirsty. As soon as they start wilting a bit, give them a good drink and they will come right back up. Also a top performer air cleaner.
- Cactus Candelabra. Of course a cactus had to make the list of the easiest interior plants! This one is on the pricey side but the good news is you will keep it for years to come. And think of how cool it will look in the corner of your office. Not everybody's plants.
- Mother-in-Law's Tongue.The easiest of all: water it once a month, leave it alone and it will be your silent companion for years to come. Best of all, Sansevierias are top air cleaning performers. Set it in a tall slender pot and it becomes a cool design element of your office.
So if you have always wanted a plant for your office but have always feared to kill it, use any of these 5 cool plants and you may even surprise yourself!
Sunday, 11 December 2011
We hear it over and over again: what a difference the plants make!
This is one of my favorite part of the business. Going to a house or an office, placing the plants that were ordered and see how happy people are.
I am always amazed to see how different a room feels and looks after you have added a plant or two. You really have to experience it. The surprise of the before and after and the satisfaction on people's face is unique and very satisfying.
Our team installed some plants in an office space last Thursday and here is the email I received the following day:
"Just wanted to send you a quick note to let you know that we love our plants. We are all enjoying them and are very impressed with the look they add to the office. I really appreciated how quickly you got this handled for me and the extra time you took to discuss with me what would work for us and what would not. We will definitely be using you for any future plant needs that we may have. The gentlemen that came out to get us set up were very friendly and worked efficiently to get right in and out to not disturb our business. Would high recommend you to friends and colleagues. Thanks again for making this easy."
It made my day.
Sunday, 04 December 2011
Considering the popularity of the Ficus Lyrata or Fiddle Leaf Figs, I have created a whole page about their care and maintenance.
Check it out: ficus_lyrata_care_sheet
Please ask questions or send pictures, I'll be happy to help if I can.
Monday, 13 December 2010
When it comes to decorating a conference room with interior plants
, in many cases, our experience tells us to use 2 to 3 plants.
Most conference rooms in a typical office setting are larger rooms and often with a rectangular shape. The only furniture is a long table with chairs and usually a credenza sits along one wall. One full wall is often windows to the outside and another wall is sometimes used for a projector screen.
So what you need is two large floor plants
placed in corners on the longer wall and sometimes one small plant on the credenza. The large floor plants will vary depending on the space you have but also on the light available.
Because of the symmetrical shape of many board rooms, we recommend using 2 identical floor plants. For better results, place them along the window wall in each corners.
Framing your room with 2 similar large plants will help emphasize the conventional character of the room and give it an additional touch of formality.
In case of a larger space, we sometimes use 2 additional low floor plants by placing them one on each side of the credenza. In this case we most often use 2-10" or 14" Agloanemas or Chinese Evergreen. If the light is high, use 2-14" Parlor Palms. They are a bit more out of the ordinary.
Smaller conference rooms may not have the space for 2 large floor plants. In that case just pick one for the most obvious empty corner and possibly use a shorter one by the credenza if you have one. It's often a good choice to place a small ivy type plant or even a colorful Bromeliad on the credenza when space is limited.
Avoid using any plant on the conference table itself. Even though it might look attractive, you will find yourself having to move it out of the way every time you use the table.
When selecting the large floor plants, keep in mind that you need to preserve space around the table for people to walk around while others are sitting at the table. If you have limited place, use tall and skinny plants such as Lisa Canes, Warneckii Canes or Corn Plants. If you have ample space, use Kentia Palms, Lady Palms, Reflexas or even Fiddle leaf figs. Check out our specific selection
. All of these plants are the ones we most often use in board rooms.
Another consideration is to avoid using plants that require lots of water and attention. Keep in mind that your conference room will be often occupied and access for maintenance might be restricted.
Sunday, 12 December 2010
This is the time of the year where we start making projects for the new coming year.
You might look at your life, see what's working or not working so much and make plans to improve things.
If you think you have too much stress in your life, as you know there are many changes you can make to reduce it or to handle it better.
One very easy step to reduce it is to add indoor plants to your environment.
Besides all the various studies showing how house and office plants are beneficial to our health and well- being, I personally see 2 favorite benefits in having them around: they add beauty to my surroundings and they bring me closer to nature.
By bringing beauty, they improve my consciousness and bring more happiness into my life. They add contrast and softness to my decor but they also bring life to my interior.They bring joy and excitement when I see them grow and thrive. There is something magic and fascinating about them.
By setting me closer to nature, they encourage calm and harmony. They remind me that beyond our busy and noisy city lies a more serene landscape. Most importantly, they tell me that all living elements on our earth are the result of a higher Power.
There are so many reasons to have plants in your home but these are my reasons.
This is why I love plants and why I have been working with indoor plants all along.
Sunday, 05 December 2010
So...after about 8 days of intense deliveries and installations, we are almost done!
This week and until after Christmas, we will focus on watering and maintaining the poinsettias.
Poinsettias are really beautiful plants and are such a nice complement to any Christmas decor. They will definitely put you in the Holiday mood and spirit.
So you may ask: How do you water them now?
Poinsettias are really easy to care for but as always, it starts with having a healthy, quality plant. If you have a bad plant to start with, you will only get bad results. You will end up frustrated and thinking you don't have a green thumb.
So do yourself a favor, don't buy your poinsettia for $2.99 at a "big box" store.
Get it from your local quality nursery, flower shop or interior plant service company. Make sure its healthy: the leaves should have vibrant colors, you shouldn't have yellow, brown or dried up leaves. The plant shouldn't be one sided or leaning, it should be nice and big, well balanced, pretty from all angles. Get a variety with bigger leaves and deeper colors. You are not going to get that at the national chain stores.
Once you find the right plant, be very careful, poinsettias are very fragile. Handle them with care when you remove them from the sleeve they are in.
You can place the plant pretty much anywhere in your house or office except in a very dark room or in full sun. If it is a dark room, place it next to a table lamp and leave it on for 8 or 10 hours/day.
Okay, so now you have exactly 3 weeks not to kill it! You think you can do that?
Here are the 2 things that will kill a poinsettia : no water or too much water.
Here is what you do:
Take you plant to your sink.
Remove it from it's decorative pot or pot cover.
Use a coffee mug.
Give it a full mug of water. If you bought the plant from a reliable source, your poinsettia should already be moist and one mug should be enough.
Let it drain.
Put it back in its pot cover or container.
Depending on how much light your plant gets, it will take from 3 to 6 days to go thru the one mug of water. (We are talking about a poinsettia in a 6" grow pot. The most common size available)
Check your poinsettia regularly and when the top soil gets dry, water it again. There is no rule on how often you will have to water it. It depends on the soil the grower used, the light it's getting and the temperature of the room. The more light it receives, the more often it will need water. For a poinsettia, it's better to give small amounts of water (like a mug) more often than larger amounts that would end up sitting at the bottom of the pot. Always make sure you never have water sitting in the pot cover or container. Also make sure you water your plant before it starts wilting (you would end up with a bunch of crispy leaves).
You can keep your poinsettia far past Christmas. Give it a fair amount of light and keep it watered. Starting in March and once a month until October, you can give it some plant food. (Always use half the recommended amount)
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
Sunday, 28 November 2010
Tomorrow morning when you get to work, check out the building lobby. More than likely you'll be thinking something like: it's starting to look like Christmas! That's because all around the country, people like us have worked all weekend to decorate and bring the Spirit of the Holidays to your work place.
We are interior landscapers, also called interiorscapers or more commonly the plant people.
We are the ones walking all over town with buckets and pruners in our hands. We are the indoor plant pros.
Our job is to design, sell and maintain interior plants in offices, public buildings or even private residences.
In December we turn into Holiday designers.
Fortunately for us, we the people of HoustonInteriorPlants.com and Greencare Interior Plants, only deal with poinsettias. No Christmas trees, no garlands and no wreaths just poinsettias. Lots of poinsettias.
I bet you would love to know what's our secret on keeping them so beautiful until after the holidays.
We'll tell you. We'll also tell you how we keep all the other plants alive and beautiful.
And we'll tell you about the plant business, the stories behind it and hopefully we'll keep ourselves entertained.
For now, I'm tired, I see red.
Think about us in the morning. It was a hard weekend.