Indoor plants do much more than decorate our homes or offices. Indoor plants, along with their associated, micro flora, reduce levels of noxious gases from indoor air including formaldehyde, benzene, ozone, carbon monoxide, trichloroethylene, and xylene.
NASA was interested in researching ways to clean air in space stations. So, they realized that not only are plants great at absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen, as all plants do, but plants also eliminate significant amounts of benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene.
Studies by Dr. Bill Wolverton at NASA’s Space Center proved that plants are highly effective, non-energy using air purifiers. According to studies, plants were found to stabilize relative humidity in the office and home, reduce the incidences of flu, improve human comfort and actually improve worker productivity in work places. Newest results from the research proved that the accumulation of dust in interiors can be reduced by as much as 20% by adding foliage plants.
Two or three plants in 8-inch to 10- inch pots for every 100 sq. ft. will help clean that zone’s breathing air. If you double it, that zone will become healthier in about a week. Many businesses in the U.S. and internationally are beginning to utilize plants for their air cleaning abilities.
The Easter lilies are growing on schedule. The Hydrangeas have been planted. We have three colors, Pink, White and Blue. We have also added a group of cacti and succulents.
The main crop in January is, of course, the zonal geranium. We start the spring season with approximately 8,000. As the season progresses, we also grow Ivy geraniums, regal geraniums and scented geraniums. When we begin to sell out of our home-grown zonal geraniums, we start shipping them in from outside vendors. Geraniums are one of the staples we must always have on hand for spring and summer sales. They are very drought tolerant and look amazing against our turquoise skies and adobe homes.
The term geranium is used mainly in the United States. In other parts of the world they are referred to by their botanical name ‘pelargonium’. Geraniums have a history going back to the 1700s. Who knew such a popular plant grown centuries ago continues to hold a place in today’s gardens.
As they say … good things take time … orbetter late than never … or great things come to those who wait … wellyou GET THE POINT! LOL! We’ll let you know when they arrive so youcan ZIP by and get yours before they are gone!
Last week, the Garden Guru wished all of Paynes’ great customers a HAPPY NEW YEAR and mentioned that it’s pretty cold this January, so we should focus on our indoor plants!
The Garden Guru chatted about houseplants and how your particular plants need fertilizer … and they need something different in their diet other than water. So fertilizing your plants is a great thing to do right now. Lynn also said that January is the perfect time to get NEW houseplants to brighten up each room. And most importantly houseplants are GOOD for you! Listen to Lynn’s tip on why houseplants are so beneficial at this time of year!
Gardening is a wonderful way to manage stress and enhance wellness, and this past spring gave many the opportunity to reconnect with their gardens or nearby green spaces. In 2021, gardening will continue to provide a creative outlet. There will be a lot of interest in cultivating a backyard oasis, whether people are heading back to the office or continuing to work from home. Yards and indoor spaces need to be “Zoom-background” ready, hands-on learning zones to keep kids entertained, and space for adults to unwind as well.
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