Rattle snake calathea

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This plant requires medium to high light and will get bushy. It likes to be moist and will certainly be a hit with everyone. Perfect for a reception area.
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T’is the season for outdoor planters

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Danny Tropicals has started the outdoor planting season this weekend. A trip to the nursery this morning was started at 4 am and ended at 12:30. Why so early?
The early bird gets the worm,  that’s why. As the trucks roll in from Florida on a weekly basis, we arrive early at our supplier’s site to get the very best of the annuals.
Choosing high quality annuals will ensure full and healthy bloom all summer. Also, healthier plants tend to stand up better to those unexpected bouts of frost. At this time of the year frost is always a concern buts it’s a risk you take as the summer months are very short.
We will post follow up pictures of our outdoor planting season.
Let Danny Tropicals bring the colours of summer to your outdoors. Contact us for a quote.
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Interior plants and humidity.

As plants open their leaf pores to take in carbon dioxide, some of the moisture in the leaf can escape. Thus the plants sweat water vapor into the air whenever they breath. This happens more rapidly if the air is dry or humid. This often happens in the winter months when the heat is turned on to an excessive level or the HVAC system is ‘acting up’ causing an imbalance of air flow; very hot in one area and cool in another area.

Plants can dry out in the summer months as well. Dry air causes plants to transpire moisture much more rapidly than does humid air. Water in the leaves evaporates very quickly into air, causing the plant to lose moisture at a rapid rate. When leaves begin to lose water faster than the roots can absorb it – disaster strikes. It is an evil the plant inflicts on itself, in self defense. In order not to lose more water to the air, the plant will almost completely close its leaf pores. This slows down the flow of moisture from the plant effectively, but unfortunately it also reduces the intake of carbon dioxide. Without supplies of carbon dioxide, the cells begin to die and the plant looks tired and ill.

At Danny Tropicals, we highly recommend a weekly maintenance service for your interior plants.  We are able to water, care and take corrective measures to save the interior plants during any periods of environmental stress.

 

Why tap water is bad for interior plants.

The very thing that keeps the plants alive is the one thing that has a long term negative effect on the plants.

The tap water used in watering indoor plants or office plants contains chlorine, fluoride and other soluble salts. Over time these soluble salts accumulate in the pot or planter and have no where to go. In an outdoor environment, these salts would be washed away with rainfall and other medium of natural precipitation.

The indoor plants would eventually absorb these soluble salts and over time this would cause spotting on the leaves.

As the salts build up around the root zone, the plant will deteriorate over time. You will likely see the plant loose its lustre and vibrancy, it will look droopy and sick.

In an attempt to revive the plant, a soil wash is needed to wash away the salt and ‘old dead’ soil around the root zone. Repot with new soil. The previously old and droopy plant should come back to its young self.

One drawback to note is that the soil wash must be done in above 18 degrees C and if the root system is not healthy to begin with, the plant may not survive the replanting trauma. Most of the time the plant will bounce back but be prepared that it may not.

At Danny Tropicals we know that interior plants in offices are not practical to perform a soil wash due to constraints such as slop sink access and after hours access. We simply give you new plants every three years when your current ones have approached their ‘end of life’ period.

 

 

 

 

Grow Fresh Air!

Environmental activist used plants to combat his deteriorating lung condition and won by growing fresh air!

He used three plants: the areca palm, the money plant and the snake plant. Here is the video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gmn7tjSNyAA

Danny Tropicals can help you grow fresh air as well in your office or indoor facility. We are your interiorscape service provider. Visit us at www.dannytropicals.com to learn more about how we can make your employees or occupants healthier!

Seven ways to improve the office with live plants.

1.  First impressions count

Live plants as part of your décor can help create a positive first impression for both potential tenants, customers, and employees.

 2. People like plants

Finding and retaining good employees is a challenge.  Studies show that people are attracted to environments enhanced with plants and tend to stay in the employ of those companies for a longer period of time.

3. Plants reduce stress

Plants provide a sense of comfort and warmth on an otherwise sterile office environment.   This reduces stress and increases productivity.

 

4. Plants play an air quality role in “Green” buildings

Installing live plants is a strategy to deal with pollutants at its source by absorbing VOCs and purifying the air according to NASA Clean Air Study and researcher B.C. Wolverton.

5. Live plants reduce “Sick Building Syndrome”

Energy efficient buildings tend to reduce air circulation and is a primary contributing factor to an increased number of employee sick days.   Studies have confirmed that indoor plants improve air quality and reduce employee absenteeism.   Study by a university professor Tove Fjeld in Oslo, Norway revealed the mean reduction of 12 ailments with plants present, compared to 23 percent without.  U.S. researchers Fisk and Rosenfeld of the Berkeley National Laboratory have quantified this into a $58 billion annual savings from sick-building illness with the use of plants.

 

6. Plants reduce noise levels in open concept designs

Open office concepts often result in noisy distractions and less productive workplace.   Noise reduction is one of those less-known benefits of plants.  Plant parts such as stems, leaves, branches, wood, etc. absorb sound.  When sound waves hit a flexible material, like plants, the material will vibrate and the waves are transformed into other forms of energy, as well as being deflected in other directions.

 

7. A cost effective way to gain value

For all of the above reasons, live plants have proven to be one of the most cost-effective expenditures that offer real value.

Danny Tropicals is an interiorscape service provider caring for office and interior plants across the GTA: Toronto, Markham, Mississauga, Brampton, Oakville, Burlington, Kitchener Waterloo.

Keeping interior office plants dust free

Keeping interior office plants dust free

Interiorscape and office plants maintenance goes beyond the obvious. Keeping the plant leaves cleaned and dust free is very important.

There are several reasons why it is important to keep plant foliage clean.

1.  To achieve the maximum benefits of interior plants which include producing oxygen, reducing airborne bacteria, removing harmful toxins from the air. Just as a homeowner would change an air filter to improve filtration, interior office plants must be kept dust free so that they can continue filter the air effectively.

2.  For productive and efficient photosynthesis.  Dust reduces the access to light and impede process of transforming the carbon dioxide and water into oxygen.

3. To avoid susceptibility to pest infestation.  There are several pests waiting for a plant to be weak and dirty to invade.

4. Aesthetics.   Just like people clean their homes to remove the layer of dusts which covers everything, to look beautiful and healthy, a plant needs to cleaned often depending on the location of the plant.

 

Danny Tropicals is an interior office plant care provider.

Visit us at www.dannytropicals.com for all your office plant needs.

We serve the Greater Toronto Area, Markham, Mississauga, Brampton, Oakville, Burlington, Hamilton, Kitchener Waterloo and the Peterborough area.