Interior plantscapes can work wonders for office and commercial spaces, from improving indoor air quality to boosting employee morale (and customer mood). But to work their magic, they need to be well-maintained. (As much as greenery can improve a space, dying or unkept greenery can have the opposite effect.)
As a business owner, you want your space to look its best at all times, and that means making sure that your plantscapes look their best, too. Here are some tips on how to do just that.
Provide Plenty of Natural Light When Possible
Plants need light to survive and thrive–preferably natural daylight. As much as possible, make sure your plantscapes have ample exposure to sunlight, whether through windows, skylights, etc. If you can, choose locations for your plants that get good natural light during the day. If you’re using artificial lighting, try using bulbs that emulate natural daylight. (PRO TIP: Plants also need nighttime cycles–they have a circadian rhythm, just as we do. Try to avoid keeping them illuminated 24/7. Set lighting timers to give them time in the dark to reset themselves.)
Water Plants Properly
Overwatering is one of the most common problems with indoor plants. Be sure to check the soil before watering, and only water when the soil is dry to the touch. If you’re unsure how often to water, err on the side of caution and water less, rather than more. Better yet, consult your plantscape provider for best advice on when and how much to water.
Inspect Your Plants
Be sure to check your plants periodically for signs of yellowing or damage, which may indicate the presence of pests or disease. As with humans, early detection means early cure. If you see anything out of the ordinary, talk to your horticulturalist immediately. The sooner you catch and treat problems, the better chance you have of saving the plant.
Most plants thrive better when they are pruned of excess growth from time to time. Not only does excess growth put more stress on the plant itself, but dead and damaged leaves and stems can attract pests, as well. Pruning this stuff away will help the healthy parts of your plant become even stronger. When pruning, be sure to use sharp tools and make clean cuts. Better yet, leave it to the pros.
Professional Installation, Maintenance and Care of Interior Plantscapes
You can obviously do all this work yourself to keep your plantscapes thriving–but for best results, consider bringing in the experts to do it for you. At Horticultural Creations, we not only design beautiful, customized plantscapes perfectly matched to your office, retail, or hospitality space–we also provide routine maintenance and care for our designs to keep them looking bright and healthy. To learn more, contact us to schedule a consultation.