Interiorscapers and Plantscapers know the value of living plants in office environments – in a world of office cubicle mazes and glass and concrete entryways, living things provide fresh air and a lively, colorful environment.
Now a study by an Australian university scientifically supports how you make a living. According to the Greening the Great Indoors for Human Health and Wellbeing report, “clear reductions in feelings of stress, anxiety, depression, anger, fatigue, confusion, and overall negativity among study participants with plants in their offices,” are evident. A “comparison group” with no plants showed a trend towards increased stress in human test subjects.
The report, recently released by researchers from the University of Technology Sydney, found that “indoor plants can be marketed for their demonstrated benefits to staff wellbeing, which research shows are also associated with improved work performance.”
The study’s author, Prof. Margaret Burchett, says having indoor plants fulfills a basic human need. “We evolved in a parkland setting, we have gone into high-rise buildings for work where we have alienated ourselves from our contact with nature,” Burchett said. “It is hard-wired into our heads that we need contact with nature to feel at home.”
In addition, the study found that plants clean the air and reduce health-related absences. The latest findings support previous studies that found having plants in the office reduced sick leave by over 60 percent, Burchett added. “They contribute to most aspects of environmental criteria,” she says.
Color can affect a person’s mood. Interior plantscapes can incorporate color subtly or boldly to create a specific mood. Not every person is influenced in the same ways by the same colors, but there are general trends. According to Naturalnews.com:
“Green, ironically the color of money, is said to be a color that sells. The color blue is known for eliciting trust. Red, however, may trigger passionate feelings of anger.”
Psychology.about.com explains the feelings that different color in the spectrum promote:
“While perceptions of color are somewhat subjective, there are some color effects that have universal meaning. Colors in the red area of the color spectrum are known as warm colors and include red, orange, and yellow. These warm colors evoke emotions ranging from feelings of warmth and comfort to feelings of anger and hostility.
Colors on the blue side of the spectrum are known as cool colors and include blue, purple, and green. These colors are often described as calm, but can also call to mind feelings of sadness or indifference.”
So, what kind of mood would you like to create in your business? Do you want your customers and clients to feel warm and welcome or do you want your employees to have a sense of calmness in a normally stressful work environment?
All aspects of the interior design from the paint on the walls to the furniture work together to create these moods. Your arrangements can work to enhance these moods or clash against them. You can use plants with a variety of different colored foliage to subtly create the mood you are looking for or, for something more intense with more energy, you can use brightly colored flowering plants, like Bromeliads, Orchids, or Crotons. (INSERT PHOTOS)
Not only do the plants you choose for your Interior Landscape influence the mood, the containers that accent them can also contribute to the mood of your space.
For example, the tabletop planter Lechuza Delta 15 comes in a variety of colors from bright apple green to scarlet red to black gloss. Using these containers, you can create a sense of warmth, energy, or sleek, cool, calmness.
You can impress your clients or encourage your staff by not only having a beautiful plan for your Interior Plantings, but also having a reason for the design and colors you choose.
Let HeroMan Services demonstrate how our plantscapes will work with your existing design to create the environment and results you desire. No detail is too small in creating your beautiful, healthy, comfortable spaces.
The shamrock is the traditional symbol of Ireland and of the saint celebrated on March 17th. National Geographic describes the legend of the shamrock saying that St. Patrick, while teaching, used the three leaves of a shamrock from the ground to illustrate the Trinity, which is the Christian belief in God as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. St. Patrick’s Day is often celebrated now by wearing green and decorating with the shamrock. Live shamrocks are a fun, green gift to give friends and family on St. Patrick’s Day or to use as decoration in your home or work space. They are easy to grow and will live well beyond March 17th.
Shamrocks can often be found at nurseries and florists as St. Patrick’s Day approaches. It is still debated exactly which species of shamrock should be traditionally worn on St. Patrick’s Day. The shamrocks sold in stores are part of the genus Oxalis which come in a variety of sizes and colors including dark green, light green and even dark purple. Shamrocks also have flowers that vary according to the species. These shamrocks are different from the Trifolium found growing wild in Ireland and traditionally worn on St. Patricks Day (National Geographic.) Oxalis are easier to grow and maintain in containers. To keep a healthy shamrock growing indoors there are a few things you need to keep in mind.
According to the University of Vermont Extension, shamrocks go through several periods of dormancy per year. When the plant begins to lose leaves and appear sick it is not dying, it is moving into dormancy. Once this begins, discontinue watering and move your plant to a dark, cool space. The dormancy stage typically last about three months. Once the shamrock starts to show a little new growth, you can resume watering and move it to a location that will receive a good amount indirect sunlight. If placed in direct sunlight the new foliage could burn, damaging the plant.
Garden Guides suggests that shamrocks be repotted every year. The roots of a shamrock do not grow very deep and prefer to be pot-bound. Therefore, you may not have to transfer to a different pot. Just clean out the container you have been using making sure to wash it thoroughly to prevent disease and replace the potting medium. Use a regular potting mix, mixed with one-quarter sand. This will allow the soil to drain faster. Then plant the rhizome barely below the surface. Repotting is best to do after a dormant period.
Don’t Share Space
The University of Vermont Extension warns that if your plant was received as part of an arrangement with other plants, separate the shamrock into its own container. It will not grow well with other plants. It is important that you do this before the plant moves into its dormancy period. If you wait until the plant begins to look sickly, you will not be able to remove the roots from the other plants without damaging them. Follow the same directions for repotting above to start the shamrock out on its own.
With a little bit of care you can enjoy the St. Patrick’s Day Irish spirit year round. Good amounts of indirect sunlight, moist soil, and attention to the dormancy periods will keep your shamrock looking great! Have you raised a shamrock indoors? What were some challenges you faced?