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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: ac@hardingbotanicals.com

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Unique office plants and designs

As you may have guessed, we LOVE plants! Plants are such a fun element to add to your decor and can really change the environment of the space. There are some plants that are more commonly used and seen so we wanted to share a few really cool plants and plant designs that are stunning and are so much more than a plant in a pot! 

If you don't have plants in your spce yet, we would love to check out your space and show you our designs! (Or if you already have plants....maybe it's time for a change!!) Reach out to our sales department Alyce: ac@hardingbotanicals.com or Beth bh@hardingbotanicals.com

Bird of Paradise with under-plantings of philodendron Xanadu, Alocasia, etc.

Bird of Paradise with under-plantings of philodendron Xanadu, Alocasia, etc.

    Philodendron Monstera Deliciosa    Image courtesty of   https://greenerynyc.com/shop/monstera-deliciosa/

 

Philodendron Monstera Deliciosa

Image courtesty of https://greenerynyc.com/shop/monstera-deliciosa/

Ficus Lyrata, Jade Plants, Agave

Ficus Lyrata, Jade Plants, Agave

Ficus Lyrata

Ficus Lyrata

Various plants: Philodendron Monstera Deliciosa, Pothos, Sanseveria, etc

Various plants: Philodendron Monstera Deliciosa, Pothos, Sanseveria, etc

Yucca Cane,  Cactus Cereus Peruvianus, Jade Plant

Yucca Cane, Cactus Cereus Peruvianus, Jade Plant

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