Posts by Planterra Editor

The Best Plants for Offices with Florescent Lighting

Not all offices have big windows that allow for a plethora of natural sunlight.  This doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy all the benefits office plants bring. Indoor plants are not only beautiful, but they are known to improve air quality, reduce stress, increase productivity and just make you all around happier. Work with an interior plantscaping expert to reap all the rewards of office plant design. There are a handful of low-light tolerant plants that can be sustained under florescent office lighting, so you can get all the wellness benefits while you’re working. Lighting for plants in corporate offices and…

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New White Paper on Lighting for Interior Landscaping

Atrium with ample lighting for interiorplantscape

The most comprehensive lighting guide for sustaining plants inside buildings When it comes to providing natural light indoors, what’s good for plants proves beneficial for all of us. New research suggests that live plants are the canaries of our modern workplace. “By ensuring the proper amount of natural light indoors to support plant life, it’s possible to support a healthy and productive environment for people, too,” said Shane Pliska, president of Planterra. Pliska explores these concepts in depth in the newly-released Planterra Lighting Guide for Interior Landscape Design. It is the first and most comprehensive guide for lighting plants inside buildings,…

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How to Source Unique Tropical Plants

Tropical Plant Procurement The Sealing Wax Palm has brilliant red crownshaft and is rare in North America. In 2011, Planterra sourced these palms for installation at Queen Elizabeth’s Official Canadian Residence, Rideau Hall in Ottawa. Ornamental acclimated tropical foliage is a specialty crop grown for use as houseplants and for commercial interior plantscape installations. These plants are selected and hybridized for specific characteristics, the kind that makes them successful plants to use indoors. The number of growers who specialize in plantscape grade foliage is small in comparison to other ornamental producers. Their geographic concentration in south Florida makes the supply susceptible…

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How to Keep Plants Pest-free Indoors

Using Integrated Pest Management for indoor plantscapes When working with live plants, inside or out, management of pests is paramount to success. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a long-term effective and environmentally sensitive practice to maintain healthy live plants.It is supported by the Environmental Protection Agency. Indoor plants are susceptible to a wide variety of pests. In some cases, the plants are vulnerable due to lack of light, temperature changes, and dry air. Chemical pesticides tend to move up the food chain, posing a harm to not only pests but humans who encounter the treated plants as well. As an…

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What are the best irrigation methods for interior plants?

Mastering irrigation for building interiors Interior landscapes require a customized approach when it comes to irrigation. One that will keep plants healthy and be thriving indoors. At Planterra, our experts use the most effective technology and methods of maintaining plantscapes indoors. When we ensure more efficient water usage, those practices can help control labor costs, too. Wondering how it works? Start with self-watering planters It all begins with self-watering planters. We recommend a sub-irrigation system for indoor plantscaping. Since the majority of interior plant installations are containerized, sub-irrigation is a reliable standard for indoor plants. It features an internal reservoir…

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