To create a positive and lasting impression for your tenants and prospects, the interior of your building needs to look as welcoming on the inside as on the outside. And while that doesn’t mean you need to spend a fortune, adding plants to the lobby area as well as throughout a building will soften the hard edges of concrete, tile and steel making a significant difference in first impressions, and lasting impressions.

Who can fail to be charmed by the graceful arch of palm leaves or the exotic beauty of bromeliads? Research has shown that the value of plants in the workplace goes far beyond the purely aesthetic. Plants are actually good for the building and its occupants in a number of subtle ways. Plants are an important element in providing a pleasant, tranquil environment where people can work or relax. Sick Building Syndrome is a serious and expensive issue, and the degree to which interior plants can positively affect employees’ health is an important issue in today’s workplace. There are several conclusive studies regarding health claims relating to Sick Building Syndrome among office workers. When plants were included in an office environment there was a significant drop in complaints related to poor indoor air quality and sick building syndrome.

GreatScapes & More has been in the business of creating and maintaining interior and exterior plantings for years. Having deep roots as a part of The Great Big Greenhouse, we know and understand plants, how they can enhance the lives of those around them, and we understand the needs of our property owners and property managers.

Give us a call, or email us. We can talk about your vision and your budget and come up with an appropriate plan.

 

 

A FEW PLANTS WILL WARM UP AN OFFICE

MAINTAINING OFFICE PLANTS DOESN'T
HAVE TO BE INVOLVED

Q. My ficus seems to drop leaves all year round. Is there anything wrong?
A. It is normal for a Ficus Tree to drop some leaves. The causes for dropping leaves are many, including a change in the environment, incorrect watering, too little light, pests or a fungus.

Q. Once my Peace Lily blooms, is there any reason I can't cut the flower out?
A. No - and it's a good idea to take them out. The white hooded blooms of the Peace Lily can be enjoyed for weeks or months. When the blooms start to discolor, you then can remove by cutting. Leaving the flowers on for an extended period takes energy away from the plant and causes new leaves to be smaller.

Q. The leaf ends of my Peace Lily are turning brown. What should I do?
A. You can trim the tips but leave a small end of tissue. This provides a barrier to help prevent further damage of healthy tissue.

Q. When should I take my plants outside?
A. According to the Farmer's Almanac the average last frost in Virginia is mid-May. This is hard to believe. Ideally you should not take your plants outside until then.

Q. How much sun and how much water does my orchid need?
A. Orchids thrive in bright light. If in bright light, water them thoroughly once or twice a week depending on light levels. If in low light, water them every other week. Utilize good drainage and never leave orchids sitting in water.

Q. Should I forget about attempting to get my poinsettia to re-bloom?
A. If you are interested in getting your poinsettias to re-bloom, consider the following:

  • After the holidays continue to water your poinsettia the same way as before the holidays.
  • Repot into a container about an inch wider and set the poinsettia outside once night temperatures average 55 degrees or above
  • In early April, prune the poinsettia to about 8 to 10 inches. At the end of May you should see vigorous growth.
  • Prune during the summer to keep plant bushy, do not prune past September 1st.
  • Keep the plant in indirect or filtered light and fertilize every 2 to 3 weeks
  • In October, move the poinsettia indoors to experience long nights. Place the plant in a closet, where there is complete darkness. The plant needs to have 14 hours of darkness and 10 hours of light
  • Continue with the process of placing it in the dark, and back into the light for ten weeks
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Q. How often should I repot my houseplants?
A. If your plant wilts between normal watering, or if the roots protrude from the drainage holes or the plant shows little or no growth, it is probably time to re-pot. Typically, young and fast-growing plants need re-potting every six months, older ones every few years.

Q. My office doesnít have a lot of natural light. Will plants thrive with artificial light?
A. Yes. There are a number of plants that will do just fine, although they may not grow as quickly. We would suggest you try Pothos, Heart Leaf Philodendrons, Snake Plants, or Peace Lilies. Indoor plants under artificial lights donít require as much water or fertilizer. Contact US for additional plant options for low light areas.

Q. How frequently do I need to fertilize my houseplants?
A. It's a good idea to fertilize your houseplants in the Spring and Summer only. Follow the directions on the label and apply as recommended.

Q. Should I be watering my houseplants from the top or should they sit in a saucer?
A. Itís probably easier for most homeowners to water from the top. Whichever way you choose, be consistent. When you water from the top, water thoroughly so that a little water comes out at the bottom. Apply enough water to moisten the entire soil volume plus a little extra. Indoor plants are usually placed in saucers to hold the excess water that drains from the bottom of the pot. If the plant is left standing in this water for too long, root rot, salt injury, and generally poor plant performance can be expected. If there is still excess water in the saucer a day later, discard the remaining water. Consider the possibility of adding some gravel to the saucer so that the plant doesnít sit in the excess water.

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