This recent blast of spring-like weather along with the massive shipment of flowering plants and tropical greens has us very excited!
In addition to creating incredible arrangements with our huge variety of cut flowers we get to play, letting the creative energy loose, with the new selection of flowering plants and various tropical greens just delivered to the store.
We can’t say enough about the impact of a beautiful arrangement of house plants; whether in multiple pots or thoughtfully and creatively designed in one larger vessel. Inspire is more than happy to help clients achieve either or both! With this new selection of plants of any manner of shape, texture and colour, the options are endless and the results breathtaking.
With family gatherings on the near horizon – Easter, Mother’s Day – a flowering arrangement makes for a unique and perfect gift, providing lasting beauty and benefits for years to come!
Lush and vibrant plants promote a healthy and productive environment. They enhance any space, home or office, reducing levels of carbon dioxide, increasing relative humidity and reducing airborne dust and off gassing levels. They are highly effective air purifiers, reducing the levels of noxious gases present in many spaces.
Pollutants build up and gather in stagnant indoor environments. In fact, living and working in places rife with air contaminants where decent ventilation may be limited can cause “sick building syndrome,” which can cause headaches, dizziness, nausea, and eye, ear, and nose irritation. These pollutants can come from furnishings, upholstery, synthetic building materials, and cleaning products in homes and offices. They can mit a variety of toxic compounds such as formaldehyde. Indoor air pollution can also be caused by pollen, bacteria, and molds, as outdoor air contaminants like car exhaust finds its way into our indoors.
But, guess what! The folks at NASA have been on the case! Their state-of-the-art solution: use houseplants to clean the air.
And while we pride ourselves on having known about the positive benefits of flowers and plants indoors, if NASA confirming it helps encourage more people to incorporate houseplants to improve the air quality of their homes and offices, the official endorsement is a welcome one!
A few notes on caring for your plants to ensure they maintain their healthy beauty and last for years:
Watering: Your young plant likely came to you in a light-weight plastic pot. In your early watering, rather than pouring into the soil, simply submerge the plant and pot into a sink or bucket full of lukewarm water. Watch for the bubbles as this means your plant is absorbing water right from the soil at the roots into the pot. Once there are no more bubbles, you have reached saturation and can remove the plant and set somewhere safe to drain. This is a thorough way to water, ensuring you are also establishing root growth.
Fertilizing: Plants growing in containers need more fertilizing than those in the ground. The more you water, the more quickly you flush the nutrients out of the soil. If you want really healthy and happy plants, feed them a liquid or water-soluble fertilizer every couple of weeks according to package directions.
Deadheading: Pinching or cutting off faded blooms, known as deadheading, is essential. It encourages a plant to keep producing more flowers.
Some plants have so many tiny flowers and stems, it would be too time-consuming to snip or pick off individual flower heads. For those types, it’s best to shear the whole plant back to about one-third of its size. It will look “whacked” for about a week, but you will soon be rewarded with a flush of new buds and blooms.
Some flowering plants are “self-cleaning,” meaning they don’t generally require deadheading or shearing. These are usually prolific bloomers covered in smallish flowers, which just shrivel up and almost disappear on their own. Some examples are impatiens, mini petunias, diascia, and browalia. If they start to flag late in the summer, cut back the plant by one-third to rejuvenate blooming.
We are so inspired, surrounded by such loveliness: succulents, a huge assortment of tropical greens and ivy, hydrangeas, mums, African violets, tea roses, begonias, nerve plants, Moses In a Boat and the list goes on.
Come on in and see the incredible selection we have in store! So many varieties and so many options for presentation, from individual pots to dish and fairy gardens lush with multiples… and so many more!
If you’d like to learn more about the benefits of houseplants to your indoor environment, please read this helpful article, 17 Amazing Houseplants that Clean the Air, over at TipsBulletin.