Bringing Nature Indoors

Bringing Nature Indoors

An article titled “For Better Health, Just Head Outdoors” appeared the Tuesday February 16, 2021 issue of the Wall Street Journal. The article sited studies that show being in nature for a few hours a week greatly improves health, mood, creativity, and memory. The studies show dramatic benefits from being in nature for only 2-3 hours per week.

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We at Everything Grows specialize in bringing ‘Nature Indoors’ by placing beautiful living plants in your workspace. Studies have also proven than being surrounded by indoor plants has big benefits to both physical and mental health along the lines of these outdoor studies.

Please contact us when you are ready to add plants to your workspace, giving you all of the benefits of bringing nature indoors.

New Life for Your Lobby

New Life for Your Lobby

Everything Grows was happy to provide new live plants to freshen up our clients lobby this week.  Our clients were thrilled with how the plants provided a first impression of warmth and welcome.  It is important for any business to have a positive first impression.  You may not need to go through a total renovation to have a welcoming appearance that plants can provide.  Contact Everything grows and let us help you provide a positive first impression for your clients and employees.

Tips for Plant Lighting

Tips for Plant Lighting

Plant Care: Understanding Your Lighting

The extra cute diagram (pictured above) shows the different directions the windows in your house may face and what light intensity that light source may provide. Let’s start with the highest amount of light and work our way down.

SOUTH: Direct sun all day long. This window direction typically receives 4+ hours of direct sun, meaning that you can literally feel the sun intensity through the window. Perfect place for Cacti, Succulents and all your other sun-loving babes.

WEST: Usually when you hear “medium light,” this is what they might mean. Direct sun in the evening only but, bright filtered sun throughout the rest of the day. Crassula Ovata aka Jade trees love this direction of lighting, certain species of Hoya and Aloe also can thrive here.

EAST: Could be considered “low/medium” light but, when you hear “bright indirect” this is typically what they’re referring to. Direct sun in the morning only, though usually not as intense as late evening (western) and very bright filtered light the rest of the day. Most tropical plants thrive here including Monstera, Philodendron as well as Rhipsalis and so many more.

NORTH: If you have a north facing window, you never receive any direct sun but rather, filtered light all day long. Keep in mind the intensity of light here is very very low. Very few plants can thrive here with the exception of the reliable ZZ, Sansevieria or Spathiphyllum aka “Peace Lily.”

GROW LIGHTS: Want to place your plant in your window-less bathroom? Do you only have north facing windows but really want that succulent? You still have options! These days, grow lights can be found at most hardware stores and at fairly affordable prices! You can also choose if you want just a bulb to screw into an existing lamp or an entire grow light fixture. There are so many options so do some research and determine what’s the best solution for you!

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.
Everything Grows Helping Others

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 328th donation and loan this week in 72 different countries. See the people we have helped through Kiva.

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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.

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.

Monstera in Concord

Monstera in Concord

These newly installed plants and containers completely transformed the lobby of this building in Concord.  Each grouping of 3 plants includes a Ficus Lyata, Dracaena Compacta, and a Monstera Deliciosa.  All are in different sized natural colored cement containers.

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Everything Grows did the design and provided the plants and containers for this job. Most importantly, Everything Grows is provided on going maintenance of the plants, and guarantees they will continue to look beautiful.  Any plant that fails gets replaced at no charge while under our maintenance guarantee.  Contact Everything Grows today at officeplants.com for your complimentary plant design and proposal.

Looking for Something Fun and Different? Try These Plants

Looking for Something Fun and Different? Try These Plants

Red hot poker plant

Kniphofia also known as Red Hot Poker shows why it gets its name.

Some plants are more than pretty faces in the yard. They do things, grow in odd ways, or give us interesting twists and surprises to make gardening fun. If you’d like to spice up your landscape with a few of the more offbeat, yet easily growable, members of the plant world, here are eight to consider:

Red hot poker

You can guess what this looks like from the name – plants with spiky flowers that bloom mainly in red, often with yellow flowers at the bottom, or sometimes orange or yellow. Winter-hardy to Zone 5, perennial red hot pokers (Kniphofia) send up their rod-like stems from clumps of grassy leaves for several weeks in summer. Some people call them torch lilies.

Sensitive plant

Flick the leaves of the sensitive plant and they fold down, as if the plant is trying to hide.

Sensitive plant

This little, trailing member of the mimosa family (Mimosa pudica) is king of the action plants. When you touch or flick its leaves or stems, they fold down, almost as if the plant is trying to hide. It’ll also “hide” in a windstorm. But when the wind drops for a few minutes, the leaves and stems return to form.

Sensitive plants are tropical, (you may have seen them growing wild on a tropical island) and won’t withstand frost. Garden centers often carry young plants in spring, but these are easy to start by planting seeds in pots or in the ground, once all threat of frost is gone. Definitely a fun project for children.

Eyeball plant

Here’s a plant that seems like it’s looking back at you – the eyeball plant.
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Eyeball plant

The flowers of this annual (Spilanthes oleracea) are yellow, round, and sit at the top of the stems. Red spots form at the top of the flower orbs to make it seem like little eyeballs are looking up at you. It’s also known as the “toothache plant” because its leaves and flowers contain an analgesic once used to ease toothaches.  Eyeball plants are sometimes sold as spring annuals, but like the sensitive plant, they’re easy to start from seed too.

Popcorn plant

The blooms and flower buds of the popcorn plant resemble popcorn popping. The flowers even smell like buttered popcorn.

Popcorn plant

The golden flowers of this husky tropical (Senna didymobotrya) look a bit like a stalk of popcorn clusters. Even odder is that they actually smell like buttered popcorn. Plants can grow up to 4 or 5 feet tall in one season.

Garden centers sometimes carry these plants for after-frost planting, or they can be started from seed. Great in large containers.

Ornamental onions

These flower heads of ‘Globemaster’ alliums are nearly the size of softballs.
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Ornamental onions

Many members of the onion family produce round heads of purple or white flowers of varying sizes atop stalks that spring from underground bulbs in late spring. One of the most impressive types is the Persian or giant allium (A.giganteum), which carries purple flowers in balls the size of tennis balls and even softballs. Look for varieties such as violet ‘Globemaster,’ purple ‘Gladiator’, and violet-blue ‘His Excellency’.

Other species produce big, but looser inflorescences, with flowers borne umbrella-like at the end of longer stems, giving the appearance a star that’s exploded. Star of Persia (Allium christophii) and the tumbleweed onion (Allium schubertii)fall into this category.

Alliums are cold-hardy even in the northern-most states, returning year after year before going dormant by mid-summer.

Black elephant ears

Elephant ears ‘Black Coral’ has glossy black leaves, the size and shape of, well, elephant ears.
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Black elephant ears

Colocasia is another plant that grows from bulbous structures (actually tubers). These are famous for their gigantic leaves that are shaped – and sized – like elephant ears. They are known as “taro” in the tropics, where their tubers are smashed and eaten as a staple food. Elephant ears are mostly grown as annual ornamentals in colder climates (Zone 6 and lower), either in the ground or in large pots. The varieties with glossy and nearly jet black leaves are particularly showy and most popular. Two that you’re most likely to find in garden centers are Royal Hawaiian® ‘Black Coral’ and ‘Black Magic.’

Before frost in fall, dig up the tubers very carefully to avoid damaging them. Clean off the soil and any remaining leaves, and leave them to dry in a dark, frost free place for a couple of weeks. Then you can store them inside in dry peat moss or perlite for replanting next season.

Aeonium ‘Swartkop’

‘Swartkop’ Aeonium has glossy black leaves arranged in an umbrella pattern around the stems.

Aeonium ‘Swartkop’

Lots of tropical succulents make great oddball and easy-to-grow summer plants. But a trendy one lately is this upright species that also has glossy black leaves. ‘Swartkop’ is also unusual for its stubby, trunk-like main stem, and its umbrella arrangement of the leaves around the top of the plants. Look for it in the houseplant section of garden centers.

While you’re at it, check out all sorts of other succulents that can be grown outside in troughs, window boxes, and pots in summer, including the flapjack plant (Kalanchoe thyrsiflora) with its red, paddle-like leaves, living stones or Lithops (which look like stones), or one of the many true cactuses with red, orange, or yellow “caps” of flowers. Beware that these haven’t been compromised with the addition of straw flowers on top to give the illusion that the plants are in bloom.

See full article in Preen.