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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 can plants improve air quality?

How can plants improve air quality? Plants can benefit your health – and it isn’t just possible when they are rooted outside. Bringing plants indoors can actually improve the quality and health of the air that surrounds us. They carry both practical and aesthetic benefits when planning an indoor plantscape. How indoor plants clean the air Plants clean the air through the process of photosynthesis. As humans breathe in oxygen and breathe out carbon dioxide, plants do the opposite. They absorb light, carbon dioxide, and water to manufacture sugar. This chemical process creates oxygen as a byproduct. Regardless of how…

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Why you should buy holiday décor for your office building in January

Like all who decorate for the holiday season, business and building owners often wait until well into the year to consider their holiday displays. It may not be obvious that the global holiday décor supply chain follows an annual import calendar. It starts in January for the holiday to come. Trees with ornament high density make an impact. That’s why pre-ordering décor in the first quarter of the year guarantees style selections and saves several layers of costs that would otherwise be added by importers who speculate on styles and warehouse the goods domestically. Understanding the cycle also makes the…

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Ficus Myths Debunked

Some people love the trees and others dislike them, especially those that haven’t been sufficiently maintained over the years. In our Q&A we ask Larry Pliska, Planterra’s founder, about the issues, concerns and myths surrounding ficus trees. Q: Are Ficus trees dated relics of the 70s and 80s? A: First of all, it is propitious to assume any tree or plant is out of date or dated. While plants and some varieties of plants are popular during certain eras, it is important to recognize that a plant is a natural, living, breathing organism that evolved over millions of years. Just…

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10 Reasons Why You Need Plants in Your Office

Ponytail palm and a peace lily Most offices tend to lack any connection to nature—they are usually varying shades of beige and grey and don’t appear inviting. Simply adding plants to your office space can bring major benefits to your employees. The same is true if you’re working from a home office. Incorporating biophilic design is a sure way to enhance your work and overall health. Here are 10 reasons why you need plants in your office.   1. Plants are Pretty:   Incorporating plants is an easy and beautiful way to style your office space. There are so many…

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