Wednesday, January 27th, 2021

WORKING FROM HOME? JUST ADD PLANTS!

Working from home (WFH) is a big adjustment! In the beginning, some of us settled for the kitchen table (hello, back pain!) or for a spare corner of the house, because hey – this is only temporary! But now that it’s looking like WFH is here to stay, it’s time to set yourself up for success! Take a look around your WFH space. How does it make you feel? Are you able to focus? Do you feel productive? Does it make you feel connected and happy? Do you even like it? If there’s room for improvement, all you need to do is add plants to it!

Plants don’t just look good, they make you feel good emotionally and physically, and perform better mentally!

By adding a few plants into your WFH space, you’ll enjoy many physical and psychological benefits that have been scientifically proven. A few of these benefits include:

INCREASED PRODUCTIVITY

Research has proven that placing plants in a windowless space increases reaction time to computer tasks by 12%! That’s a huge number! If you’re an employer and your team works in windowless spaces, just imagine increasing your overall company productivity by 12%! Those plants will pay off in no time at all.

POSITIVE VISUAL APPEARANCE

A space that is filled with vibrant greenery conveys a positive image to others. It makes you look healthier, happier, and even more likable! If you want to be the person who stands out on a video conference, add some nice green plants to your background and you’ll be much more pleasing to the eye than a person in a blank white space.

INCREASED CREATIVITY

One of the most interesting benefits of plants is that it increases creative thinking. Creativity is a crucial part of a business, but often creative ideas are hard to come by – especially when cooped up in an office all day.

REDUCED STRESS

Stress levels and blood pressure levels are significantly lower in people when plants are in their presence. Want to test this? Close your eyes, take a few deep breaths, and picture yourself surrounded by a green forest for a minute. It will quickly and dramatically calm you. Having a plant on the corner of your desk to look at now and then will have the same positive effect.

CLEANER AIR

Plants improve air quality by removing harmful toxins from the air. Breathing cleaner air means sleeping better. Sleeping better means working better!

A SENSE OF CONNECTION

Being around plants reminds us that we are connected to nature and that we’re part of a bigger picture. Since we cannot get that connection at the workplace, it’s important that we get it from plants!

To invest in plants is to invest in your success!

OUR WFH PLANT PROS ARE READY TO HELP  YOU ‘PLANTIFY’ YOUR SPACE! VIA VIDEO CHAT, WE’LL TAKE A LOOK INSIDE YOUR WFH SPACE AND MAKE PLANT AND POT RECOMMENDATIONS TAILORED TO YOU!

SET UP YOUR MEETING WITH ONE OF OUR PLANT PROS TODAY!  CLICK HERE or EMAIL [email protected]

Sunday, January 24th, 2021

WHEN CAN I PLANT? FACTS ABOUT FROST

In spring, the very mention of frost sends gardeners scurrying for sheets, boxes, or whatever they can scrounge up to keep their plants safe from a possible cold snap. Take the guesswork out of what you can, and what you cannot plant until the threat of frost is over.

The threat of frost exists until the first full moon in June.

There’s truth to this old wives tale! Therefore up until approximately the first week in June:

It is not safe to plant: annuals, herbs, vegetable plants or greenhouse-grown perennial plants.

It is safe to plant: shrubs, trees, bulbs, and vegetable seeds sown directly into the ground such as peas, beans, corn, onion sets or potatoes.

 

frosted plant

If you can’t wait!

At least try to wait until the first and last frost days calculated in the Almanac. And if you just can’t wait until early June to start planting your annuals, vegetables, herbs and perennials, get ready to watch the forecast closely.  Cool, clear nights with low humidity are signs of an impending frost.  In case of a frost warning, you will need to protect these plants, or they could perish.  You can protect your plants with these measures:

  • Irrigate
    • The air temperature above wet soil is 5 degrees F higher than that above dry soil. Thus, plants should be well watered the evening before a frost.
  • Cover
    • Covering plants can give you 2 to 5 degrees Fahrenheit protection. The covers can be laid right over the crop, but more warmth is provided by covers that are supported on stakes above the foliage. Any material can be used to cover the plants, however woven fabrics such as bedsheets and burlap are better insulators than plastics or paper. The best time to apply frost covers is in the late afternoon after the wind has died down. Remove covers the next morning before the sun hits them.

For those of you who like to buy your plants early in May, store them in a sunny, warm room and keep them well watered right up until it’s time to plant. Plants kept in garages often suffer from a lack of sunlight.

Happy (early) spring!

 

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