Posts by Planterra Editor

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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What is that Palm-like Plant?

Bamboo Palms in the Reagan Oval Office. The palm is an interior design classic, versatile and widely utilized to adorn spaces ranging from plush stately parlors to slick corporate office lobbies. This botanical family of plants are known for their fronds, trunks and stems. There are many plants that resemble palms—some of them even have the term “palm” in their name, but they may not be palms at all. We’ve put a list together to help you identify which plants are palms, which are not and how you can tell the difference. INDEED, a Palm! Adonidia Palm: This is the…

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How do plants influence hotel star and diamond rating?

Plants can improve Hospitality Industry ratings Working closely with the hospitality industry our team at Planterra understand how to customize the experience using plantscaping. Whether the location is a luxury hotel, retail business or casino, indoor plants and flowers can positively impact the experience. We frequently design and install plants for hotels that meet the hospitality standards for live plants. Plants make a good first impression Indoor plants evoke a sense of luxury – and in any setting make a good impression. When visiting a hotel lobby, for instance, guests report that healthy plants are a welcome find. As long as flower fragrances are…

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