Air Purifying Plants

Why plants?! We say....Why not plants!? There are so many benefits to adding plants to your home or work space. 

Over the past 25 plus years, academics and scientists have researched houseplants to establish exactly why and how they are good for us, our home, our schools, our hospitals, our businesses and our environment as a whole and in doing so, they have established that plants. - Urban Planters

  • Creates oxygen
  • Increases relative humidity
  • Reduces stress
  • Make people calmer and happier
  • Reduces workplace negativity
  • Reduces symptoms of discomfort and minor ailments
  • Reduces absenteeism
  • Speed up recovery from illness
  • Improve concentration, productivity, and creativity
  • Save energy
  • Noise reduction
  • Connects with Outdoors (biophilia
  • Makes a space more personal 

At Harding Botanicals we specialize in bringing the green into your office spaces and lobbies. Working with you we pick out the perfect plant for the perfect location that will bring all the benefits of plants to your tenants, employees, and clients!

Contact us to set up a free consultation to bring the green to your space:

Alyce Crowley:

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The Boston Flower Show

This has been our 3rd year participating in the window box displays at The annual Boston Flower Show. We have so much fun designing and creating our display. One of my favorite parts about participating is the excitement in the air as everyone is working incredibly hard setting up their stunning displays.

This year the theme was 'Spring Savor,' we were asked to create displays that included edibles mixed in with non-edible plants. As an interior-plantscaping company we have tried to always showcase a bit of what we do! Last year we used tropical plants and so this year we decided to use succulents!! But did you know ... that some succulents are edible?! Aloe, stonecrops (sedum), and agave are just a few that come to mind. Here's a great website that provides more information: Edible Landscape Design.

In case you missed attending the Boston Flower Show here are some pictures that I took on a quite morning before the show had opened to the public! 

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Introducing the ever popular...Ficus Lyrata!!

Being in the plant industry you get to see a lot of different plants, but since the very beginning one of my absolute favorite plants has been the Ficus Lyrata (Ficus pandurata), commonly known as the Fiddle Leaf Fig! I just love how big the leaves are and how much of a statement the plant is!

It's becoming a very popular plant in homes and offices so I figured now would be a great time to provide some tips on how to care for them and keep them happy!! 

*These plants are considered poisonous and should be kept away from pets and children*

Light & Temperature: These beautiful specimens require bright, filtered light. Though they can tolerate some direct sun light (too much sun will cause their leaves to fade and lose their dark green color). When kept too dark the plant will rapidly begin to fail. Keep temperatures between 60 - 75°F. Avoid temperatures lower than 55°F

*Keep turning your Lyrata to keep it growing straight and evenly on all sides

Water: The right watering is key to this plant. Water when the top soil become slightly dry. I like to give my Lyrata about 1 to 1.5 cups of water each week. But make sure to test the soil fist with your fingers to makes sure that the top soil has dried. (keep in mind that the frequency of water and the amount of water changes through out the seasons and the levels of humidity)

*Make sure to never over water your Lyrata there is no going back one this plant is over watered. But on the other had allowing the soil to dry out too much will cause the plants leaves to turn brown. Cut down on watering during the Winter months. 

Soil: Make sure that your soil is a well draining soil, this type of soil could include part bark and perlite. Only re-pot your ficus when it is young and still growing. Once it reached maturity you only need to replace the top soil each year. 

Fertilizer: Unlike most Ficus trees this plant does not require much fertilizer. Only feed diluted liquid fertilizer to plant once a month only during the spring and summer months (their growing months). 

Pests & Cleaning: The Ficus Lyrata is susceptible to many pests: mealy bug, thrip, whitefly, spidermite, fungus gnats, and aphids. Spray your Lyrata bi-weekely with warm  soapy water to ward off any of these pests that live on the plants leaves. Keeping the leaves clean and dust free will also allow the leaves absorb more light. 

** A Ficus Lyrata has a level #1 toxicity**

For other great tips about the Ficus Lyrata visit: House Plant 411, Spruce, and House Plants Expert