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Tips to keep your orchids healthy & happy!

Phalaenopsis Orchids are the most common orchids in our area.  They can be purchased at local supermarkets, large chain stores and garden centers. When choosing your orchid, be sure to choose a plant that is not fully in flower, but one that has several healthy buds on their stems. Buds that appear dull or loose will probably never open, leaving you with a flowerless plant. Choose orchids with tight buds that appear to have a slight sheen to them. These buds will mostly likely open and produce beautiful flowers, with proper care.

 

The majority of our customers seem to have a fear of orchids, saying,  “I kill them”, when actually, the plant has just gone out of flower, leaving the green leaves and an empty stem. Continuing to properly  water the remaining plant after cutting back the stem to just below the last bloom, can possibly produce additional flowers in a few months, so you must have patience!  Yes, you can “kill” an orchid by overwatering, under watering or leaving them in direct sunlight or draft. This will cause the flowers to drop prematurely, leaves to fall off or shrivel. Consistently watering correctly, once per week, until the growing medium is just moist and allowing the plant to dry out between waterings will help to ensure your plant’s health. Never water to the point of allowing the plant to sit in water! 

 

Orchids like a bright room with filtered sunlight and a humid environment of about 68 degrees fahrenheit.  Misting the plants periodically in the mornings will allow the plants to absorb moisture throughout the day. Moisture left on the flowers could cause them to rot so be sure to spray during the day, and not at night to give the plants time to properly absorb the water.

 

We hope these tips help rid you of your “fear” of orchids. Follow these simple steps to help your precious orchids stay happy and even bloom multiple times throughout their lifetime!

Top 8 Reasons Your Office Should Have Plants

Your Office Needs Plants! Here’s Why:

 

1. Cleans the air!

According to a study conducted by NASA, low-light houseplants or office plants have been known to improve the quality of indoor air by removing trace amounts of pollutants from the air in energy-efficient buildings. We suggest adding Snake Plants, Pathos and Dracaenas throughout your office space to add some flare and clean oxygen!

 

2. Increases productivity!

The University in Queensland Australia conducted a study and concluded that having an office decorated with plants can actually increase productivity by 15%! They say adding some green to the office shows that their employers care about their wellbeing. A happy employee is a productive employee!

 

3. Makes people happy!

This study analyzed by The Guardian says that adding houseplants to sparse office environments causes employees to engage more with one another, making them much happier. Similar results were found when lighting, scent and photographs were added into the environment. Who wouldn’t want to be happy while they’re working?

 

4. Reduces stress!

Not only does adding a plant to an office or room brighten and freshen the air, but it reduces stress! Researchers have found that hospital patients with indoor plants in their rooms reported lower stress levels than those without plants. Well, we don’t want your workers to end up in the hospital now, do we? We suggest adding some small plants in each office to help keep your employees happy, healthy and relaxed!

 

5. You and your employees will be healthier!

Health experts have found that having plants in an office environment can lower blood pressure, increase reaction times, improve attendance and raise job satisfaction. Most of the plants listed in this particular study are among those we can sell or rent to your office. So, I guess there really is a method to our green madness!

 

6. Increases creativity!

According to a study conducted at a 2013 Chelsea Flower Show, adding a floral arrangement or pot can make a once clinical, lean workplace feel more personal, resulting in making your staff more creative and productive. We smell some fresh promotions in the future!

 

7. Leaves a great first impression to clients!

Plants maintained by Plant Pros are always pleasing to the eye and maintained to perfection. When a client walks in and sees a nice green welcome committee, they’re sure to keep your business in high regards. Adding a plant to any space will make anyone feel more comfortable and happy to know you care about your product and employees.

 

8. Reduces noise!

While your office may be full of employees, furniture and electronic devices, have you ever noticed you can still hear a pin drop? Well, if you add plants to your office you can also reduce office noise by about five decibels. With a small group of plants in a large space, you’re sure to see a difference!