The Office but Make it PLANTZ 

All of our selections at PLANTZ have their own unique personalities, just like human beings. Some are easy-going, some require more maintenance, and others are just there to look pretty and make you a happy camper. The plants we have are all full of life, just like the employees on the hit show The Office. So, let’s have some fun… We are matching the characters from The Office to their indoor plant. Does your house plant match Michael Scott or do you give off a more Stanley type of vibe? Looking for the Jim to your Pam? Scroll down to find out what plant fits which character best!

 

MICHAEL SCOTT: FIDDLE LEAF FIG

The world absolutely adores the trendy Ficus Lyrata for its prominent leaves and the dash of personality it adds to any space you place it in. Still, this big baby needs a lot of attention and care, so it is not for the inexperienced plant parents or people not ready to put in the effort to care for this tree. While popular, Fiddle Leaf Fig’s are sensitive and as dramatic as a Michael Scott quote. We think Michael embodies the ‘it’ plant because both come off as high maintenance, but they are easy to please as well once you know how to deal with them. Fiddle Leaf Fig light exposure plays a huge role in their success, so be sure to provide ample sunlight, or they will throw shade. If your plant baby has any brown spots, you can detect the problem (like too much or too little water) and make an adjustment before damage is done; the Fiddle Leaf Fig will then recover and produce new growth. Whether you are new to plant parenting or have mastered Mother Nature, your Fiddle Leaf Fig will flourish as long as you follow the recommendations. Oddly enough, we can say a lot of the same for the boss of Dunder Mifflin. Loved by many, avoided by most, Michael Scott is a needy man! Like a Fiddle Leaf Fig, all eyes are on him because his presence really does completely fill a room. They are both thirsty for the spotlight, literally. Just let them drink and vibe to calm their temper, and you will have a satisfied plant.

 

The Office

 

JIM HALPERT: MONSTERA 

As the go-to guy, this one almost seems too easy to pair! We think Jim is undoubtedly a Monstera since he is indeed the life of the party and a classic dude! We love him for his charm, wit, and go with the flow attitude. Like Jim, Swiss Cheese Plant is one of our most popular PLANTZ picks because it is low maintenance but can grow larger than life. Monsteras thrive in medium to bright light; we recommend placing your plant baby next to a nice big window so their leaves will grow and split naturally! With these colossal heart-shaped leaves, they bring love and a little bit of paradise wherever they go. Monsteras play nice with everyone and every plant, and although Jim and Dwight may go back in forth, in the end, we all know their friendship is healthy and full of love. Known for their glossy finish, it is essential to care for them with a moderate amount of water and cleaning to be sure they stay picture perfect! Suitable for more than aesthetics, Monstera plant benefits include improving air quality and being one of the most effective house plants for reducing air pollution, keeping you calm and alert. We think there is no other plant more efficient than the Monstera at livening up a room, which is Jim’s most important role in the office. The health and joy they bring parallels Jim’s lighthearted character, making them beloved by all. The Split Leaf Philodendron is a classic choice for many spaces and is one good looking plant, just like good ole Jimmy Halbert, making him the best pick for the Monstera Deliciosa.  

 

Jim from the Office

 

PAM BEESLY: THE JANET CRAIG

She is nurturing, she is modest, she is simplistic, yet she holds it all together. Pam Beesly and The Janet Craig have so much in common it is hard to decide who we are describing here! Like the Dracaena deremensis, Pam enriches many lives while playing a plain jane role, a true to tie to keep all of the characters of the show together and grounded. In a world of uncertainty, everyone can agree that PB and JC brighten every room they enter into; no wonder Jim is so head over heels, and so are we for the Janet Craig! This long-leafed beauty is one of the most popular indoor plants because she is easy to maintain and relatively slow-growing, on top of several other Janet Craig plant benefits. She does it all; JC removes air pollutants such as trichloroethylene, carbon dioxide, and even lead, which are all harmful to our respiratory systems. That fresh, humidified air that the Janet Craig releases will assist with both brains and beauty! Studies have shown Dracaena’s ability to increase concentration and improve memory while aiding with dry skin and even sore throats. Pam is a jack of all trades throughout the countless seasons of The Office, showing her talents and versatility, just like this classic plant. The Janet Craig light requirements allow room for adjustment as well, just like Pam’s first engagement. Sometimes, it takes some trial and error to find the perfect conditions for these two, but they will THRIVE once you find them. They can survive in low light but, the brighter, the better! We could not think of a better pair to represent the glue that holds together each of their communities.

 

Plantz Office Characters

DWIGHT SCHRUTE: THE LISA CANE 

Propagated in Hawaiian lava rock, the Lisa Cane knows a thing or two about being hardy. This eccentric, robust giant reminds us of Dwight Schrute way too much. As a farmer himself, we are confident that Dwight would appreciate this magnificent Corn Plant! Among all Dracaena varieties, Lisa Cane offers a unique look that adds elegance and depth to tight quarters and grandiose spaces alike. As a reminder, Dracaena plant care is a breeze! Lisa Cane has one of the lowest light requirements out of any of our PLANTZ and prefers to be only slightly moist, meaning she can go a month or more before needing a drink. Dwight is a low key man of the earth, a true survivor off of little. Like Lisa, Dwight is a minimalist and plays Mr. Tough Guy, but wants to be the most prominent personality among any crowd. The Lisa Cane is significant, it is bold, but it is strong by itself even when not receiving attention. We highly recommend this plant for the individualistic plant parent types, people who want to stand out and display their intelligence and individuality.

 

The office

 

STANLEY: SNAKE PLANT  

LEAF HIM ALONE! Stanley is pointy around the edges, just like our Snake Plant. Want a plant you really do not have to tend to but will still look fantastic on its own? That is your Sansevieria, also known as Snake Plant or Mother in Law Tongue. This plant is incredible because it can withstand low light, low watering regimen, and only needs your attention every now and then—kind of like our good man Stanley Hudson. Stanley does NOT want to be bothered at all. He prefers his solitude and is a true independent. Well, we could not think of a more independent plant to match him with than the Mother in Law Tongue. With his witty comebacks and calm attitude, we believe the only thing in the world that could make Stanley crack a smile is our Snake Plant… well, and of course, Pretzel Day, DUH!

 

The Office

 

KELLY: ARECA PALM

Kelly Kapoor, what do we have to say about miss Kelly… Well, Kelly is larger than life. She walks into any room and commands attention from everyone there. So what better plant to pair with her than one that is loud and dramatic, so we have selected the Areca Palm to be Kelly’s perfect pair! This palm is HUGEEEE; Kelly is bubbly and bright, but also very high maintenance just like the Areca Palm. It requires careful attention and can sometimes come off pretty needy. If you treat it right though, and in the best of conditions, it will give you all the love you desire, just like the bubbly Kelly. She might be a lot to handle at times and a tad bit obsessive. Still, her dedication to her relationship with Ryan is unparalleled to anything we have ever seen (healthy or not), so we see her in the Areca Palm. The Areca Palm with the right attention, the palm will just keep growing and going. Kelly and the Areca are certainly two peas in a pod.  

 

The Office

 

RYAN: JC COMPACTA

One of our plant newbies, the JC Compacta, could not be more young and fresh, just like Ryan Howard is to the world of business. The fresh meat in the office and one with a little bit of a smart ass attitude, the JC Compacta is just like him and serves a little sass and spice in any room. The JC Compacta is a very free-spirited plant; it fits in any home and is really good at integrating anywhere, just like Ryan seems to integrate himself into a multitude of roles throughout the entirety of the show. Check out our JC Compacta if you are looking for something young, funky, and fresh that can serve many different rooms.

 

The Office

 

 

CREED: ZZ PLANT

Creed is our Mr. sneaky sneak. ZZ Plants are sneaky as well… How you ask? Well, ZZ Plants are the most laid back plant in the book, even more so than a Snake Plant. They are our lowest light plant and can hide out just about anywhere, even in plain sight (like our good old criminal Creed) while not dying. We commonly recommend this plant for college dorms; that is how little light and attention it actually requires. Creed is evasive and one of the most street smart characters on the show; we feel his intelligence is totally underrated, kind of like an underdog. We believe Creed is also a bit of an underdog. The way the ZZ Plant has managed to thrive in any environment seems pretty street smart to us as well. Want to be around something as adaptable as the iconic Creed, then the ZZ Plant is definitely for you!

 

The Office

 

 

ANGELA: AGLAONEMA

The cat lover and rule-follower of the office is Angela for sure. Angela is known for being uptight and tiny; the Aglaonema is a fantastic plant pick for Angela because although it is small in size, it is mighty as well. Follow the rules when it comes to your plant care, and the Aglaonema will be a great addition to any home. Aglaonemas have many colors and shapes to them as well; we see peeks of different sides to Angela all of the time on the show if you are paying close attention. She truly is the essence of an Aglaonema to a tee. 

 

The Office

 

Although we could go on and on about our love to PLANTZ and The Office we feel like this sums up all of our best plant and office pairs. The cast is just as dynamic as our plants inventory, pair your newest plant friend with a classic planter and plant stand… and TADA! You are set for a whole new interior design set up. Which one of these PLANTZ matches do you think is the most like you?

Do Plants Create a Healthier Lifestyle?

For as long as history seems to remember, plants have been used for decorations in just about any and all locations. Churches, homes, retail locations, offices, all seem to have house plants – even factories in some instances have displayed indoor plants. As we know, these plants have decorative value but many of us are not aware of the numerous health benefits that come with their presence as well. This article is meant to remind you of these benefits and reinforce their significance in the plant community.

 

Mental Health

With rising media and social coverage of mental issues as well as a deeper scientific understanding of mental health, this topic has become a mainstream day-to-day discussion in the workplace and throughout general society. All walks of life from kids to adults, regular people to pro athletes, and everyone in between are all changing portions of their lives to account for the mental health effects of certain daily life struggles. Retailers are adjusting their interior designs to make consumers subconsciously feel better in their stores while offices are doing the same, relying heavily on creating productive and zen spaces. Many of these changes have come through plants, which are no longer simply being looked at by professionals as decorations or corner fillers.

Plants help you avoid the feeling of isolation, which occurs all too often for most of us who sit inside doing what most of us do for a majority of our lives – work. As a result, you are seeing plants being placed in offices, homes, and other areas to keep people feeling connected more naturally to the world around them while completing their daily tasks. This is also known as Biophilic Design and as it becomes more common we are seeing more plants in the workplace.

“We all need to play in the dirt to stay healthy”

Studies have shown gardening to be proven to boost one’s mood, despite the hard work it involves. The plant itself has its benefits however the soil has been proven to be equally as beneficial (or more) as it has similar effects to one’s brain as antidepressants. Gardening is hard to accomplish when you might not have the means or property to do so, so indoor plants are a way to do that and can be done in any space and home, apartment, condo, or house.

Researchers have found that a “good bacteria” commonly found in the soil will activate brain cells to produce the brain chemical serotonin, which alters one’s behaviors and thoughts similar to antidepressants. Within the body, serotonin constricts blood vessels, sends messages between cells in the brain and within the central nervous system, regulates the secretion of digestive juices, and helps to control the passage of food through the gut. Serotonin has positive effects throughout the body in different ways, however, portions of the brain where the mood is regulated see the need for high levels of serotonin. Antidepressants work by increasing serotonin levels in the brain. Low levels of serotonin have been linked to several disorders such as anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, bipolar disorder, aggression, irritable bowels, and fibromyalgia. The brain and body have many ways of working to maintain high levels, one of which is absorbing it, or “reuptake”, which comes into mind during the process of interacting with plants.

The more you inhale and have physical contact with plants and soil, the more positive effects you will experience. These effects have been studied to the extent that many scientists encourage the general populous to “spend more time playing in the dirt”. We encourage you to place your house plants in places close enough for you to absorb this type of energy on a regular basis, hence workspaces, bedrooms, kitchens, and living rooms.

 

Responsibility

We all need things to keep us grounded, in line, and on schedule. Without responsibilities, we would be bored, lazy, unproductive, and unhealthy. Caring for a living thing will encourage you to stay on schedule with your care of the plant and attention given to the plant. This periodic scheduling will create disciplines that will spill into other parts of your life making you more effect of a human being and a better person mentally.

 

Air Quality

We have a global population of 8 billion people, which is growing drastically every day. Because of these numbers and substantial development in recent decades, we forget that we really do need growing life forms other than us to sustain our way of life. We need a balance, and plants provide that balance a little cost than some minor care and cost. Humans breathe in oxygen and breathe out carbon dioxide, which is toxic to humans. Plants do the opposite as they uptake carbon dioxide and produce oxygen, how neat is that?! This balance in nature is needed globally and in your home. When you have a plant at home, your home’s air is healthier and better for you and your family. A higher oxygen level will mean a more effective and healthy body – which is why you see people with health or breathing issues being provided with oxygen tanks. A boost in oxygen will decrease fatigue and increase mental function through a release of positive hormones in your body. Some plants are better than others at cleaning out air pollutants and increasing air quality. One of our current favorites is the Sansevieria or the Snake Plant. A low-maintenance plant, almost no-care that increases your air quality.

Additionally – people often do not realize the air inside a building or home is often worse than the air in the middle of a major city. The reason for this is pollutants can get in easily, but often stay circulated in HVAC systems and have difficulty escaping. Plants will improve this air quality by fighting the air pollutants and balancing the presence of pollutants in the air. Research has shown that up to 87% of pollutants present in the air can be removed by plants. Many of these pollutants are very harmful chemicals such as formaldehyde and benzene, which are known to cause cancer.

 

Immune System

The air quality and mental health benefits also spill over into the immune system. Chest and lung issues, for example, can arise from irritations caused by air pollutants. Secondarily, humidity levels will be balanced. Dry air will also cause lung irritation and other problems such as overheating or dry mouth. Adding moisture to the air through the presence of plants will mitigate this issue and may help you avoid costly items such as humidifiers.

Fresher air with fewer pollutants will lower this irritation level. The byproducts of plants’ metabolism will reduce stress, which can improve a person’s immune system. Most of the time you will not feel these effects, but you will notice them when you have not been sick in months and have not caught the flu bug going around. Studies have even shown a large percentage drop in illnesses between homes that have plants and those that do not.

 

Fortunately, there are many different options to fit people’s lifestyles and workplaces. Restricted space sizes, types, and looks can all be fitted with any of the thousands of options of plants. Not all plants in existence are known to scientists, but 391,000 are – plenty of options to fit where we need them to. Lifestyles will vary as well. Some people do not have time or the ability to water a plant daily. If that is the case that is not a problem, there are plenty of popular plants such as a cactus that can survive on periodic watering. With this flexibility, it is time for people to make a beneficial investment in plants as their presence alone pays dividends.

 

Monstera

 

Health Happiness Activity – With PLANTZ

In a world gone crazy, we want to keep everyone a little more sane. PLANTZ is here to bring you the calming qualities of indoor plants to sooth you and bring peace during your quarantined time at home and we hope long afterward as well because we believe in the power of plants.

What are some ways plants can help right now?

Health. Happiness. Activity. All three of those things are important now more than ever. Let’s dive into how those three can make a difference in your life all through PLANTZ.

Health

Let’s talk about plants and health. Did you know that plants actually benefit your health and can help prevent illness? Two words, air quality. With viruses and bacteria floating around our air and sticking to surfaces, the air quality of your home is more important than ever. We are seeing not only the Coronavirus but still the common flu and allergy season is at its peak and no real defense besides Lysol wipes and hand sanitizers, which are a rare commodity right now. There are many plants that help with the air quality, ridding toxins, and helping keep the air space clear and free of pollution that can irritate like an allergy or even make you sick.

One of the best plants for this happens to be one of our newer arrivals, the Snake Plant, or its botanical name Sansevieria. Since this plant is used to dry climates and soil where it originates from, it is also one of the easiest plants to take care of on top of being great for your air quality! What the Snake Plant does is essentially filter the indoor air converting carbon dioxide into oxygen overnight.

This plant is also one of the easiest plants to take care of, so you are being healthy basically without lifting a finger! Sansevieria has the ability to absorb toxins such as benzene, xylene, cancer-causing pollution, formaldehyde, and toluene, just to name a few. This plant never stops working to protect you against allergens and any other airborne toxins, so it truly is a great investment.

Being stuck inside all day has really pushed indoor plants to be such huge aids in our health and have given them such a larger purpose than just “decoration”. They truly have become essential to people and should be included in any household.

Check out the Snake Plant and more facts about it here: Snake Plant

 

The Snake plant is also called Mother in Law's Tongue

 

Happiness

Next, let’s move on to your happiness because happiness and your physical health are uniquely intertwined. Whether you are self-quarantining by choice or by mandate we know the toll it is taking across the nation on people’s sanity and mental health. Mental health and inner peace are just as important as staying physically well. No happy mind; no happy life. The prediction of an increase in suicidal thoughts and depression is something pressing on all mental health professionals’ minds currently. Plants are proven to foster a mentality of peace and Zen while also bringing a purpose to people, just like a pet or child would. Another living thing that requires care and attention, just like you.

Physical health is obviously a hot topic and more important than ever right now, with an opportunity to get active with nothing else to do but be at home, but it is important that we do not forget our mental health as we attend to the physical. Studies continuously show that plants actually make people happier – now that’s a study we can get behind!  In times of stress and chaos, plants are known to have calming qualities and relieve stress. They also present the opportunity for distraction in these times of isolation, giving people something to do and something to care for, so actually making us happier human beings! Online shopping has also become an addiction across the states lately as well, turn your excessive shopping into something that benefits you in multiple ways, not just empty purchases that serve no extra meaning to your life.

All things green and aesthetic attribute to the feelings of peace and wholeness. So why not invest in some plant buddies for your own sanity, mental health, and HAPPINESS. Turn your home into a jungle sanctuary, so you feel transformed into another space. The more plants, the better the air quality, the cozier the home, the more you will feel at peace!

Here are some plant suggestions we think would make you jump for joy!

Spice up your life with not just the typical green plant, let’s try a color. How about pink?! You bet; we suggest you try out our Marginata Colorama that is actually pink! How much more unique can you get than a pink plant. This plant needs low light to moderate natural light, so it is great for your living room next to a window, and it comes in two different sizes so you can find your best fit. It also has unique leaves that stand out and create a dynamic shape. If you are looking for a happiness booster, what is better than pink. Between pink and yellow those are universal happy colors, making the Marginata Colorama one great option for a little serotonin boost.

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Colorama Marginata

 

Another great mood booster option is the Warneckii Lemon Lime for some more colorful fun! This plant’s leaves are full of different colors ranging from different variations of green to yellow to grays and whites. Another contributing factor yet again is the fact that it does not require too much water to survive, so not too much additional work needed to keep this plant thriving. This plant is great for a plant companion if you want to appreciate it and have it as decor, but you do not want to have to check up on it too often. Keep this bad boy in some bright light near a window and it is set to go!

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The Lemon Lime have beautiful bright colors in their leaves.

 

Our last suggestion to boost some happiness is the Rhapis Palm. This plant is truly unique when it comes to indoor plants. It portrays a sense of elegance but still stands out in a room in a dynamic way. The shapes of the leaves are not like any other indoor plant and the wood stems are a special touch the plant brings to your living space. It resembles a tree making your home look and feel like the great outdoors. This plant is known to last a longggg time, so keep your happiness around for the years to come.

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The Lady Palm requires medium light and alot of water.

 

Activity 

Okay, now is the time to bring up how plants can become your newest activity. Plants are more than decor in your home, more than air purifiers, more than just another pretty face. Plants are something to take care of, but they are also a hobby, hence why there is such a large plant community.

Plants can give you something to do during quarantine. Not only do you have to maintain them, but they give you a purpose every morning because just like a pet or a child, they need taking care of. Some of these mornings have been hard, give yourself a reason to get out of bed, and maybe even take your plant outside for some sunny warmth and get some much-needed Vitamin D.

Another plant activity can be with your pots and planters! Get creative with your home decor by decorating and creating unique pots and changing up the layout of your home. You can paint your pots, bedazzle them, the possibilities are endless! Interior design takes research, time, and trying new things out. Rearrange your plants to add to the aesthetic of your house.

 

Some Interior Designs you should give a try…

Art Deco – This is a unique design for the true creatives. A little less mainstream but still a funky spin for the special individual. This style is often said to be a nod to the Roaring Twenties and gives us all the Great Gatsby vibes. Some great plant picks for this type of design are, Colorama for its bright colors, ZZ Plant for its unique shape, and Areca Palm like the true party plant it is! Art deco is all about colors and shapes that stand out and accent pieces, turn your plant into an accent piece instead of the typical choices such as art or a statue. Your plant can be part of the art deco in the room.  You will have all your friends roaring with envy on your new plant set up when you all get together to zoom chat!

Read more on Art Deco                                                                                                                                     Art Deco

Art Deco Design

The next suggestion we have is one of the most popular for our plant lovers, the bohemian style. When thinking boho think a mix of the 70s and Moroccan vibes. What is great about the boho style for plant owners, is they fit right in since greenery is a huge part of the style already. Some plants commonly seen throughout this form of interior design are the Monstera, White Bird of Paradise, and the Kentia Palm, which are all classics you will love. Bohemian style normally portrays a comfy cozy vibe making you never want to leave the room! So, if you are a homebody we definitely suggest this style for you.

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Bohemian Interior Design

Boho Design

Boho Interior Design

Lastly, we suggest giving the modern design a try… keep up with the times. What is a modern design you ask? It is a classic choice with an updated feel to it. Modern design is usually clean and somewhat minimalistic, but this is also still left up to interpretation. A Janet Craig or a Marginata are great plants for this, adding depth and uniqueness to an otherwise minimalist color palette. The greens will really pop in any modern setting. We suggest crisp whites, stark blacks, and popping navy’s to contrast your green against! Even some an array of grays would go nicely with your new green plant buddy.

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Modern Interior Design

 

Interior design, not your thing? Why not a photoshoot… WITH YOUR PLANTS!

Get creative with your plants and snap some pictures, we love to play model for a day! Tag us on social media or email them in for a chance to be featured as well and join our plant community. 

 

Have kids at home? Get them involved in a family plant activity! Pick your plants together and find your perfect new plant fit. Then pick out a pot and wait for it to be delivered. Read our snippet at the bottom of the shop page to find the best places to place your new plant and what kind of care it needs and then walk through it all together! Giving your children a plant is a lot like a pet, teaching them responsibility and the importance of taking care of a living thing. A great teaching opportunity during the quarantine. This is the perfect fix to keep your children from begging you for a puppy for the millionth time, or it also could be a good test to see if they are ready for the commitment of an animal and ready to learn how to take care of something.

One final activity we suggest is reading up more and learning more about plants! We have a ton of resources on the blog for you to peruse and even a full watering guide you can check out, so you know you are taking care of your plant properly and keep them happy and thriving. Be the best plant parent you can be by growing your knowledge because there is always more to learn about plants!

It is time we start taking our health seriously mentally and physically. This is a time to check on ourselves, slow down, and take care of ourselves and the people around us. There are a variety of ways to do that and some of them can even be enjoyable. Like filling your home and decorating with PLANTZ!

 

 

 

 

What Plant is for you Based on One Character Trait

Are you wondering what plant is your best fit based off of your best personality traits? We want to pair you with your perfect plant, so we have created a little plant game for you!

Pick the trait that most resembles you below and we will tell you which plant we think would be your very best plant buddy to have during this crazy quarantine time of COVD-19! After you take the quiz check out more fun games and articles on our social media and website!

Adventurous

The Janet Craig Limelight 

Bright in color and with unique textured leaves, The Janet Craig Limelight is the plant sure to make you feel like you need to take another one of your spontaneous adventures! If you are a thrill seeker that loves the unexpected, then the Limelight is the plant for you, especially through this suffocating time of quarantine. Stand out with bright color and uniqueness that will make any guest in your home feel like they are on an exotic adventure through a unique jungle and make you feel like you are a true globetrotter and plant connoisseur, making your home the star of the show, just like you are. It will also leave you feeling like you are in a space other than your home, making you go a little less stir crazy.

Janet Craig Limelight plants are low maintenance so you can take off on your next big adventure at any moment and not have to fear for your new plant baby’s health, since it does not require weekly or daily attention. With a sub-irrigation system implemented as well, it can water itself and sustain a little longer without you while you are on the go-go-go. Just park it by a well-lit window and it is ready to roll just like its new owner!

 

Charming

White Bird of Paradise 

With its dramatic leaves, and beautifully enchanting silhouette, the White Bird of Paradise is sure to charm its way right into your heart. The White Bird of Paradise is a classically known plant amongst the true #plantpeople community, but it still never seems to fail to impress even the most exotic of plant owners, a true timeless classic. You will feel like true royalty while quarantined with this beauty.

Most interior designers would say that this plant is one of their favorites for all their decorating needs and is commonly found throughout the modern household, truly driving home the charm level of this plant. Who doesn’t want to feel like they are on some distant tropical vacation with such an eccentric plant? That is exactly what vibe the White Bird of Paradise provides all of the tropical escape feels with a touch of beachy.

Can you out charm your new charming plant? If this plant charms its way into your heart you will not be disappointed and that we can assure you of!

 

Compassionate

Ficus microcarpa 

This plant is nice and classic. Just like all of the compassionate people in our lives. Compassion takes patience, kindness, and tolerance… all things you and your new Ficus microcarpa have in common!

Ficus (‘ficus’ is singular and plural)are commonly purchased plants but this version, also known as the Ficus Moclame or Ficus Daniella is a special type of Ficus. Less popular than the Ficus Lyrata aka the Fiddle Leaf Fig, but no less beautiful we promise you, it truly has a unique shape and design to its leaves and branches that you will not commonly see across the indoor house plant world, making you a true trendsetter.

We associate this plant with compassion because if you treat it with kindness and patience it can really flourish into something great! Be tolerant with this beauty though, it needs lots of light and plenty of water to sustain itself, so make sure you are showing it all the compassion you’ve got to give. The good news is, you have plenty of time on your hands to get acquainted with your new plant, so we know you will excel with the Ficus Microcarpa during this quarantine time!

 

Confident

Marginata Colorama

Confidence is the key to this plant’s heart, and believe us, this baby knows how to stand out! The Marginata Colorama is bright pink. Yes you heard us right, a pink plant, who knew!?!?! Bringing the color back into life during such a bleak time is just what you need.

This plant is meant for the bold individuals. Stand out amongst your plant friends and blow the indoor plant communities out of the water with your very individualistic plant choice, that just is not like any other. Adding a pop of color to your space and bringing in a unique shape will have everyone asking what kind of plant this is!

If you like to stand out, then this plant will help your home stand out just as you do in a crowd (not that we can be in crowds anymore… UGH). If you are not afraid to be the center of attention then we highly recommend the Marginata Colorama being your new plant edition, imagine the endless possibilities you could bring into your space with this true confident beauty.  A true shining star in the plant world.

 

Dependable

 ZZ Plant

All you want is something you can depend on. As the friend in your group that is the most reliable and always there for others, you are looking for a plant that can be the greener version of you… Well look no further, let us introduce you to the ZZ Plant, also known as Zamioculas zamifolia to many.

This little guy is the most dependable it gets in the plant world. The care and maintenance for the ZZ Plant is one of the easiest we have ever seen with a houseplant! It has much less need for light and water than the average plant making it low maintenance and easy for you to care for with little worries. They are also known to last a super long time, a plant friend for life! How much more dependable can you get! Do not be the only dependable one in the room anymore, depend on your ZZ Plant that it will grow and prosper by your side through all of this crazy stay-at-home madness.

 

Generous

 Monstera 

Are you a generous and gentle soul? Do you love giving and giving to all of your loved ones? Well then, the Monstera deliciosa plant is the perfect plant for you. Generously gift yourself this plant beauty that is anything but shy while generously displaying huge, beautiful, glossy leaves and a stunning green color to leave you feeling recharged and refreshed.

This plant will always be giving you more and more since it is known for its beautiful leaf growth. Feeling even MORE generous (since that’s your nature) get yourself one AND gift one to your best friend! #twinning

The Monstera is a great plant to bring a tropical vibe to your space and even has a distinct look that many will recognize. Nicknamed the Swiss Cheese Plant, there will be no mistaking your plant for another when guests come in and give you compliments.

Find your best Monstera with us at PLANTZ for a new decor piece that will be the center of attention, be generous with yourself because you deserve it.

 

Helpful

Fiddle Leaf Fig

This plant might need a little bit more help than others, but you are helpful and compassionate enough to handle it. The Fiddle Leaf Fig takes a patient caregiver. Fiddle Leaf Figs, also known as Ficus lyrata, are one of the most popular indoor plants in the industry hands down right now. As long as you are willing to give it plenty of attention you will really see this guy survive and thrive!

This plant is another popular one used commonly by interior designers in modern home design, so you are sure to be the envy of all of your friends – and the Pinterest community – if you choose this plant to be your new living room BFF!

As one of the most searched plants on the internet, no one will be able to resist envying you and you can be the helpful person you are and provide all of your other plant friends with tips and tricks on Fiddle Leaf Fig care after having this guy for a couple of months. Give this beauty lots of sunlight and plenty to drink and you have a Pinterest worthy, award winning plant for life.

 

Spicy 

 Sansevieria 

This is one of our newer selections and it is coming in hot to spice up your plant world. This spicy number is the easiest care you will ever experience, we like to compare it to the equivalent of a pet rock. The Sanseverira, commonly referred to as the Snake Plant or Mother-in-Law Tongue plant is a unique plant to look at. With its very unique leaves, it will add spice to any room.  

The other great thing about the Snake Plant is that it ranks very high on NASA’s list of plants that filter out air pollutants. A great plant to have while you are #boredinthehouse during quarantine!

Some things to know, since this plant originates from Africa and southeast Asia, it thrives in drier conditions especially dry soil. Only water this beauty once a month and you will see it become bright and happy. We have two different sizes available for all of your Sandeverira needs along with a few different varieties in characteristics! Check out more and get in touch with us on any Snake Plant questions you might have!

Independent

 Aglaonema 

Versatile in style, color, and shape, we have the Aglaonema! This plant is meant for the independent person, because the Ag (for short) is extremely easy to take care of and it can even go weeks without you paying attention to it like you would the more common Fiddle Leaf Fig. 

It will independently live its life while coexisting with you, a true dream! That and the possibilities for your Ag are endless with the numerous variations you can find, from Silver Bay to Mary Ann. It hardly relies on you if you park it in a nice sunny spot and just water it occasionally when it needs it.

The Aglaonema is known for a long lifespan, so it is perfect if you are always on the go and afraid of having to provide for a tentative plant, a true independent. Aglaonemas can fit in a variety of spaces ranging from the living room, kitchen, or bedroom, you do not have to limit your Ag to one spot! Checkout our Aglaonema varieties to find your perfect independent fit, just like you!

 

Meticulous

Rhapis Palm

Rhapis Palm, lots of leaves, multiple stems, PLENTY to pay attention to for the meticulous eye. This is a plant with depth. If you are a person that pays attention to detail then the Rhapis Palm will not disappoint, AND you will be the perfect person to give it all of the good care it needs.

As a meticulous person you deserve elegance but also uniqueness, and the Rhapis Palm surely delivers just that to any interior design look you are trying to achieve.

The Rhapis is a slow grower as well, taking years sometimes to reach full mature size, so it is important to have some patience too if you are going to take on this plant. The perks are that it can handle some lower lights and filtered light levels.

We cannot wait to see how you style your Rhapis Palm with great attention to detail and your meticulous eye.

 

Observant

Bamboo Palm 

With a soft touch and deep green leaves this plant you have to observe the behavior of carefully. The Bamboo Palm can take lower levels of light but might need moderate to high levels of light for it to really thrive in its new home!

This is a great plant because it actually aids in eliminating air pollutants (something we could all use in our homes right now) and will keep your space feeling healthy and fresh throughout all of the chaos!

You will feel so at peace as you observe your Bamboo Palm every morning and sip your coffee, we can feel the peaceful energy now! You cannot go wrong with this purchase, so find your inner Zen with the Bamboo Palm.

 

Tough

Parlor Palm

The Parlor Palm is the original houseplant, and it has continued to sustain the times. The Parlor Palm, also known as the Neathabella Palm or Chamadeorea elegans, can handle the low light conditions making it one tough cookie and a plant force to be reckoned with. This plant is a shorter and more full extension of the Bamboo Palm so you might find some similar characteristics between the two.

This plant comes from southern Mexico and Guatemala, so used to the shaded conditions of the rainforest it can handle that lower and indirect light exposure better than most houseplants. The Parlor Palm is also rated one of NASAs top 50 indoor plants that can clean and purify the air! Fighting off toxins left and right with its toughness.

If you are looking for a plant as tough as you are, then the Parlor Palm is definitely your plant. Sustain the madness of 2020 with your Parlor Palm, we know you two can take on anything.

 

There ya have it! Your best plant picks based on your selected personality characteristic! Check your plant match out on our site and if you have any questions please do not hesitate to reach out and ask our plant care specialists, they will be with you in no time! For more information on your plant match you can also refer to our plant care guides on the blog!

 

* Some tips to note once you have been happily plant matched…

 

  • Every plant has a different tolerance for light and care regimen. It would be in your best interest to read over our care guides on our blogs, get in touch with us if you have any questions or need clarity, and do your own research.
  • You will also be able to select a planter for your new plant, whether it is one you have at home or one you get off of your site. This is another opportunity to spice your plant up and make it more individualistic.
  • We highly suggest investing in some nutrients as well, your plant will not need any for the first six months after we have delivered your new plant friend to you, but after that it will require some for continued growth. Look into some of the selections we have on our site and stay on top of your plant’s nutrients.
  • Submit your plant photos to us for a chance to be featured on our social media!

 

Happy shopping! PLANTZ  

Valentine’s Day Plant Picks

Bringing you our top Valentine’s Day plant picks and some helpful plant tips as well! Ditch the cliché flowers and go for a gift that can last, with PLANTZ!

 

No Light No Problem 

Does your apartment or home lack windows and natural light but you still love filling the space with plants? Are you struggling to be a good plant parent? We know how you and your plants feel! Forget trying to revive all of your old, dying plants and make smarter plant purchases from the get-go to avoid these problems in the future. Sometimes it is not you, it is truly the environment’s fault; so, do not blame yourself, let us help you find the solution.

Some plants do far better than others without sunlight and we are here to tell you a few that do so you don’t have to worry or stress any longer and find your perfect plant buddy.

The Aglaonema and the ZZ Plant are some of the best houseplants because they do not require as much sunlight as the other indoor plants you may encounter. The Ag should not receive too much direct sunlight because its leaves can actually turn yellow extremely fast causing a plant like version of a sunburn. ZZ Plants are very popular for indoor spaces with no windows because they can thrive in bright fluorescent lights instead of authentic sunlight. They do not like direct sunshine as the sun can cause dried-out leaves as well. These are great options and our top picks for windowless rooms, apartments, and dorm rooms.

 

 

Pretty in Pink 

It is pink and it sure is pretty. How often do you see a pink plant? I mean that is pretty awesome! Checkout our Marginata Colorama and its jaw dropping beauty. Little did you know that this plant is one of the most sought-after houseplants and will bring in some color into any type of space. This plant requires medium to indirect sunlight and it is comfortable in room temperatures between 65-80 degrees, so that is something to keep in mind when looking into this plant.

In order to keep the plant pretty and bright it is imperative to water it the proper way. Make sure to water it well and allow the top half of the soil to dry before watering again. You might also want to invest in a Soil Sleuth to properly check below the soil surface for moisture.

Watering tip 101: Brown tips on the leaves indicate overwatering and yellow leaves indicate that the plant is in need of a good watering. In addition to the Marginata Colorama watering requirements it does have some plant food requirements as well. The Marginata Colorama likes to be fed every two weeks in the Spring and Summer, whereas it is not necessary to feed it in the Winter months when the plant growth is extremely slow, almost like a form of plant hibernation.

Pink is one of the signifying colors of Valentine’s Day so what better plant to gift or get for yourself! Love yourself this Valentine’s Day and treat yourself to a pretty pink plant to last long after Valentine’s Day has ended. Or use this as a unique Valentine’s Day gift option for someone else.

Looking for Better Sleep? 

The Areca Palm also known as the “Tropical Air Cleaner” is one of the most efficient plants for purifying the air. It has the ability to remove harmful toxins from the air, preventing any air-pollution related diseases while you are sound asleep! The Areca Palm is a large plant with a high transpiration rate which allows it to respire more oxygen. This plant releases moisture into the air and makes it much easier to breathe while you are nodding off to sleep. Get this buddy for the Love Day, if your loved one suffers from sleep apnea or worries about air toxins!

That’s a stretch, but oh well.

 

One for the Pet Lover

Love your pets, but love your plants too? You do not have to compromise between the two, turns out you can be the best pet and plant parent out there all in one with the Kentia Palm. Kentia Palms are non-toxic to cats and dogs and it looks similar to the Areca Palm but it is actually slightly bigger. The Areca Palm is also non-toxic if you are looking for the Palm plant of your dreams but want a little bit of a smaller version. It is a Valentine’s Day gift to yourself AND a gift for your pets! Happy Love Day to all the cats and dogs out there.

 

Houseplant Routine:

 So you have your Valentine’s Day plant… Now what? You have to care for it properly!

Daily: 

What do you need to be doing daily for your new plant lover? 

Sunlight: Open the blinds before leaving for your day, let that baby bathe in some sunshine.

Water: Make a plant care notebook to track and schedule when you need to water, you can even get all of your plants on the same schedule and have one big watering day!

Prune: Take some gardening shears to trim off dead bits around your plant.

Shake and Rotate: It is important to give the stem of your plant a good wiggle every few days or at least once a week. This is especially important if you have a Fiddle Leaf Fig. If the plant looks to be bending towards the sun make sure to rotate the plant once a week, so sides do not become uneven, we don’t play side favorites here!

 

*This is all dependent on the type of plant you purchase, you can refer to our site and plant care guides to get a better understanding of what your plant needs. 

Monthly:

What should you be doing monthly with your new plant? 

Dust: Wipe the plant leaves with a damp sponge with soap and water to keep it clean and fresh. This also prevents bacteria and disease.

Fertilize: Drop a small amount of indoor plant fertilizer in a watering can. Repeat this for a month or two during the springtime.

Repot: If they are outgrowing their pots, grab them a new one so they are comfy!

 

*This is all dependent on the type of plant you purchase, you can refer to our site and plant guides to get a better understanding of what your plant needs. 

 

Plant Accessories

Treat your plant! Your plant deserves to accessorize a little bit and show off its individuality. It is time to talk about plant decor, because your plant deserves to feel as stylish as its owner!

Wood Plant Stands. Take a look at our shop section to see some of our unique plant stands, but if none of those quite do it for you, you can design your own!

Total Cost: $7 – $15

Time Needed: 20 – 30 minutes

Supplies Needed:

  • 1 ¼ inches in thickness dowel
  • 3 by 3 Metal T Plate
  • Flat head screwdriver
  • Hammer
  • Longer and shorter screws
  • Sandpaper
  • Marker
  • 1×3 or yard stick
  • Wood slice

Tools Needed:

  • Drill
  • Miter saw

Step 1: Remove the bark from your wood slice. Use a flat head screwdriver and a hammer to chip away rough edges. Lightly sand the edges and top.

Step 2: How to cut your dowels to size. For straight legs you need to mark and cut.

Step 3: Attaching your T Plate to the Legs

Once you have your dowel cut to size you should see a slight angle when holding the legs a certain way. Find the highest point  of the angle and mark it with a marker. Then pre-drill a hole in the dowel. Following this, attach the T plate onto the dowel.

Step 4: Attaching the legs to your plant stand

Once you have attached T plates to all the legs lay them onto your wood slice. Make sure the little marks you made earlier are facing in towards each other. Use a marker to mark where you want the legs before attaching them. As far as attaching the legs go make sure they are close to the edge of the wood in a triangle shape. Then pre-drill the holes before attaching T plates with screws.

 

Planters and Pots

What about planters and pots? You do not have to go with the traditional ceramic pots that we so often see. Why not try out something more authentic and unique. We have some awesome wicker baskets and cylinder pots that come in all shapes, sizes, and colors.

Try a woven basket! Here at PLANTZ we have them in a variety of patterns and colors that will give you the boho chic look that can really tie a room together.

The bohemian design not your style? That is totally okay! Try out one of our clay bottom planters for a modern feel but still remaining classic and neutral in color.

Bugs on Houseplants

Here are some non-chemical ways you can control pests and diseases on your brand new Valentine’s Day plant purchase.

You can…

  • Mist your plants with clean water where there is a risk of red spider mites, to keep them at bay.
  • Regularly remove the dead leaves and flowers from your plant.
  • Use insecticidal soaps, which are ideal against a wide range of insects and very safe for your plants.
  • Investigate biological controls which means using other insects to control pests.

 

Prevention tips: 

  • Inspect the plant before you purchase it or after your order comes in, make sure there are not any suspicious insects looming around.
  • Avoid leaving dead flowers and leaves around plants once they have fallen off. This is a place for disease and bugs to fester.
  • Check root balls for soil pests.
  • Do not use garden soil instead of potting compost for an indoor plant. Indoor plants operate differently than your average garden plant and should be treated differently.

 

Pests to watch out for: 

  • Aphids – Green sap-sucking insects that excrete honeydew, which attracts ants and encourages the presence of a fungal disease called sooty mold.
  • Mealy bugs – The main pest of houseplants. White lice-like creatures that suck sap causing distortion and yellowing of leaves.
  • Red Spider Mites – They suck leaves causing mottling.
  • Thrips – fly-like insects that jump from plant to plant. They pierce leaves and flowers.

 

All of these are things you can keep an eye out for and watch to take preventative measures with your new plant purchase.

 

…and without further ado, our top PLANTZ pick for Valentine’s Day

 

The Lisa Cane

The Lisa Cane conveys elegance and it’s one of the best performers in low-light spaces. Hey good news Lisa’s pretty easy to keep clean and does not drink tons of water either. The Lisa Cane does great in indoor spaces and thrives when they are fertilized in the Spring and throughout the Fall, so it is the perfect time to purchase one in preparation for the upcoming Springtime!

Back to our roots:

The Dracaena Lisa Cane is native to southeast Africa and has dark glossy leaves that come out of its slim trunk. With this being said, it is a plant with narrow growth, so it is great for the corner spaces in your home! Dracaena is a genus of forty species of subtropical, evergreen, and woody plants. The Dracaena Lisa Cane is sometimes mistaken as a palm; however they are more closely associated with lilies. The name Dracaena is derived from the Greek work “drakaina” which is a female dragon. The link between plant and beast is the red gum that produces from when the stem is cut. With this red gum thickens it resembles dragons’ blood (hence its name).

When should I be feeding my Lisa Cane? 

It is important to fertilize it once a month and you do not need to fertilize your plant within the first 12 months of receiving it. During this time it will use the residual nutrients that were added from nursery production. Then, after 12 months your Lisa Cane should be fed quarterly with a complete fertilizer.

The Lisa Cane will not bug you:

Ain’t nobody likes or has time for the creepy crawlers, especially the Lisa. The Lisa is not a big target for pests woohoo! Mealybugs will be the main pest, and sometimes scale affects the plants. These two things can be easily maintained as you just need to wipe down the infested area with a soapy solution. It can sometimes take numerous cleanings to free the plant completely of the pests, but just remember to stay on it because it will pay off in the end.

Proper Watering and Hydration for Lisa:

The Lisa Cane is cultivated in Hawaii and is grown in lava rock characterizing it with very forgiving watering requirements. The Lisa Cane can go up to a whole month and sometimes even a few months between waterings. The Dracaena favor their soil to be dry in between waterings, but the soil does not have to be dry all throughout the pot.

Less time, less pruning: 

Less work for you! Your lovely low-maintenance Lisa does not need to be pruned unless your plant is not meeting the dimensions of its intended space like lighting and watering and so forth and so on. However, older leaves may start to yellow, and those leaves may be pruned or gently torn off. Then, bringing us to the brown leaves. These may be trimmed off to the contour part of the leaf.

Maintenance Tips: 

Blooms: They occasionally appear on Dracaena. The blooms should always be cut away in interior conditions since they exhaust the plant’s vitality.

Avoid Asymmetric growth: Make sure you rotate your plant to avoid leaning. If the cane does start to lean, it can be pushed back into its upright position and soil can be packed on the side to stabilize it but do so gently.

Brown spots: These spots are common especially in the beginning of its growth period. Some reasons for this are overgrowth and mineral burn. Also, the roots of this plant can sometimes grow outside the bottom of the pot. If they do they should be cut back. It is also beneficial to water the plant with low mineral content water, as high mineral content water builds up over time and ends up burning the plant leading to a shorter plant lifetime.

Yellow spots: Overwatering is the number one cause for yellow leaves. These leaves essentially lose their semi-rigid bearing and begin to look limp. They will start to droop downwards in the process of turning yellow.

Trust me you will love the Lisa, she will be very easy to keep healthy, does not require a ton of light, and will look gorgeous in your living room, kitchen or bedroom which will leave you happily unbothered and quite in love!

 

We hope these plant suggestions and tips made you smile this Valentine’s Day, now we want you to go share some love! XOXO

Valentine's Day Gifts

 

Top 5 Best Places to Keep Plants in Your Home

You got a new house plant… so what now? Let’s pick where it is going to go because believe us, it matters! There are a number of places your new house plant could reside, but very few people realize how easy it is to pick the WRONG place for your new plant buddy. Here are our top 5 picks on places to keep your plant and the different factors to consider when you are finding that perfect new home for the plant of your dreams.

1. Keep it “Natural”

It is very important to do some research on the plant or plants you are bringing into your home, and here are some of the reasons you need to take this into consideration… The best chance of survival and a long lifetime for your plant is to best mimic the natural environment of where the plant came from. Plants that require a lot of sunlight should be placed near windows where natural light can be found, whereas plants that prefer a darker environment might not need to be placed in the direct sunlight of a window. Plants come from so many differing environments that each plant type will need a different form of care. Where your house plant can come from can vary from tropical and well-lit all the way to a more shaded environment requiring less light than that of another plant. It is important to emulate as close as possible the living environment of where your plant originates if you really want to see it thrive, grow, and survive. Try our Areca Palm out in the window of your living room!

2. Seasonal Change Up

Light does not in any way mean warmth, and both are important for your plant’s prosperity, they are not mutually exclusive. Light quality is not always the same throughout the day either, and it is changing constantly. Light shifts throughout the day in a room so take that into account when picking a spot for your plant and where it will receive the proper amount of light for the longest time span. Also remember to move your plants around as the seasons change. When you are in a cooler fall or winter month make sure your plant is receiving more light than it usually would in the summer or spring months to help it generate heat that is not as present during those chilly seasons. This goes the same for plants that require low light, do not leave them in extremely lit environments, this could cause a problem for a plant that is not used to extreme light exposure. Research on the plant’s original location and your own location will help you in making this decision. A great choice for any season is our Parlor Palm.

3. “Living” With Plants

The living room is a great space to keep your plant for a multitude of reasons. A) You spend a lot of your time at home in the living room, this increases your chances of seeing the plant regularly and remembering to care for it properly. Watering the plant, moving it around every now and then, and any other needs the plant may have are more likely to be remembered if you are actively seeing it every day. B) There is usually a decent amount of natural light within living rooms which most indoor plants require, compared to a room with few windows and that is lacking light, such as a basement or office space. C) You will be able to admire and appreciate it more when you are seeing it all the time and isn’t that why you bought your plant in the first place! The perfect living room plant… Our Janet Craig.

4. It’s All in The Kitchen

Kitchens can be more than just a place to cook, spice it up by decorating it tastefully with your new plants. A kitchen usually is a higher temperature room and can contain a bit more humidity. This is something people do not normally account for and plants can really thrive off. When in environments such as these your plant can create a livelier cooking space and even be a great showstopper for guests to appreciate when you have them over for a nice dinner. Want a show stopping kitchen plant? Why don’t you try our White Bird of Paradise for all those tropical vibes in the kitchen.

5. A Plant in The Bathroom?!

Bathrooms are not off-limits folks! Plants so often emulate strong feeling of cleanliness, peace, and freshness. Who would not want to feel that way in the bathroom? Pick plants for this space that require less light than the average indoor house plant and are prone to thriving in humid climates, since this is probably the most humid portion of your home. It is also a good idea to occasionally move these plants to a balcony or windowsill to get some limited direct light every once in a while, if it does not currently get any light. Try out our Aglaonema since it requires only low light, making it the perfect bathroom addition.

So, let’s review. The room your plant is in matters. The location within the room also makes a difference for your plant. Bathrooms are not off limits, and neither are kitchens, even though they are not always the first choice or most popular. That being said, nothing is wrong with the tried and true bedroom and living room placement as well. Take into account the seasons. Light is not the only factor in plant survival but also heat is an imperative factor. Warmth can be essential to some plants, so during the winter even if a plant is receiving the same amount of sunlight it does in the summer, it does not mean it is getting enough warmth think about that and from there figure out how to correct this problem as winter approaches. Emulate the plants original living environment. Just because you do not live in a similar environment or climate as some of your more exotic and beautiful plants DOES NOT mean you can’t rock them in your home, they may just take a little extra care. Learn the proper way to care for your plants and you will have an investment in your home that will make you feel at ease and one with your natural environment.
Next to come… Best places to put your office plants, because your office needs some plant love too!

Your Best Indoor Plant Picks

In the market for a plant but have some questions first… well you have come to the right place! Are you wondering which plant is the best investment for all of your indoor plant needs? Do you worry that you will not have the time or remember to take care of a plant? Do you fear that your home or workspace may not have enough sunshine that is so often required for a large plant? Well look no further, because we are going to tell you some of the top picks for your most low maintenance and most survivable indoor plants.

1. The Janet Craig Plant

This plant is one of the most widely utilized plants cultivated for indoor use across the board. The Janet Craig Plant is known to thrive in indoor spaces with minimal care, which has our customers jumping for joy at this low maintenance beauty! This plant originates from regions in Africa, and it surprisingly needs very minimal light despite where it comes from. Along with its voluptuous look, The Janet Craig Plant serves a great purpose as well, it is known for its properties that improve air quality around the home as well. This plant not only has air quality benefits and minimal light requirements, but it displays a bright green color that really pops in any room creating the interior design of your dreams! This plant will make any room you place it in livelier and more colorful all while not causing too much hassle. Bring this beauty into any room corner in your home to add that extra oomph to your space without a second thought.

2. Bamboo Palm

We offer our Bamboo Palm to those of you who are looking to bring in some good vibes and vibrant color into your home. The Bamboo Palm, although it slightly resembling a classic Bamboo plant it is not the same type of plant. This Palm comes from the Chamaedorea family and has stems resembling the Bamboo plant but has soft green leaves that really add to the ambiance of any room you walk into. This Palm can handle lower levels of light but really thrives under moderate to high levels of light. The Bamboo Palm is s great plant for the workplace or within a home office. The Bamboo Palm promotes healthy living and success with such a strong plant, that is known for being best at filtering out indoor air pollutants within an environment and leaving a clean and happy space for you to spend your time in. The Bamboo Palm plant require minimal care and minimal light, but it is highly recommended that you invest good care in your Bamboo Palm plant to create a beneficial aura within your living environment.

3. Genus Aglaonema

This unique plant ranges in size, shape and color! You never know what you are getting with this unique plant. The Genus Aglaonema originating from Asia, is a very easy plant to take care of for those with busy lives and minimal time to take care of a plant fulltime. This plant can go weeks between watering’s, and it can sustain itself for very long periods of time, surviving off of only indoor lighting! This plant is most certainly for you if you feel you have trouble maintaining your plant life but want a little extra green around the house. If you keep this beauty close to a window, this plant might just out live you with hardly any extra work behind it on your part!

4. The Neathabella Palm or Chamaedorea Elegans

Nicknamed the “Parlor Palm” this plant is the cousin of our classic Bamboo Palm with just some slight variations. That being said, they are very similar in their care needs and how they are a benefit to your home or work environment. This plant that comes from the thick rain forests of Mexico and Guatemala, is actually one of the first plants to be used inside homes and workspaces as well. This plant does exceptionally well in low light and really does not require any more light than indirect sunlight or indoor lighting. This plant, like Bamboo, is also great for air quality improvement in smaller spaces and brings the environment down to earth and more centered. Look to this plant if you feel like you need something not only low maintenance but a true staple in the indoor plant community. A classic look for a classic plant owner.

5. The ZZ Plant

The Zamioculas Zamiifolia or the “ZZ Plant” is one of the eazzziest plants you will have to take care of. It is so easy that many people use this plant in apartments and college dorms (we all know how poor the lighting can be in those and how irregularly they are watered). This plant requires little water and very little light making it one of the most manageable plants to have in your living environment. This plant is great for someone who does not have too much time to dedicate attention to a plant. Many think it is best to only water this plant every two months! How crazy is that?! The ultimate low maintenance plant for someone just starting out on their plant journey!

All of these plants are great options for low maintenance and hassle-free indoor plants, while also creating the vision of your interior design goals. Things that make these plants beneficial for the person with a not so green of a thumb, are very little light is required, not a lot of watering needs to be done, and better air quality for small spaces. These low maintenance plants will be the perfect edition to your home or workplace without such a high risk of killing your investment. You can find all of these plants on our website with a variety of sizes, shapes and accessories. We cannot wait for you to join our Plantz Fam!

Quality is Key When you Buy an Indoor Plant

You get what you pay for is only a cliché because, more often than not, it’s true. And it’s certainly true when it comes to plants. Ask anyone who buys plants regularly and you will hear a familiar refrain: it costs a little green to get the right green. For plants destined for indoor spaces, keeping them green can be a challenge; but starting with the right plant makes it a lot easier.

We know that indoor plants are not only aesthetically pleasing, they can reduce stress and anxiety and improve air quality.  So, how do you spot quality and avoid coming home to a shriveled zombie husk, alive but just barely? There are several simple tips you can follow to make sure you are buying a quality indoor plant:

  1. Overall Impression: Take a walk around the nursery. Do the plants appear well cared for? Are there brown or wilted plants? If they owners are not taking care of some plants it’s likely they are not taking care of others.
  2. Leaves & Shape: Are the leaves of the plant lush and green? Steer clear of plants with brown or yellowing leaves or if the edge of the leaves are brown and dry. Is the plant full and healthy? A tall plant may not mean a healthy plant; it may have grown taller because it was straining for light.
  3. Disease & Insects: Check the plant – both sides of the leaves – for disease. Holes, spots and black areas on the leaves may mean an unhealthy plant. Examine the potting soil for insects, these little buggers can quickly spread to other plants.

Picking a quality Ficus Lyrata aka Fiddle Leaf Fig

This magnificent plant can fill a room with its majestic leaves and commanding height.

Make sure to check for discoloration or dots on leaves and buy from a quality vendor with a reputation for quality.

A plant with insects can also quickly spread like wildfire if you have other plants in the home, felling not only your Ficus Lyrata but any leafy friends in the vicinity.

After shipping hundreds of these beauties, we suggest you have a bright, sunny spot for this plant, preferably a covered or shaded patio or window facing east, west or, for the best results, south. Learn more about this popular plant here.

Check the roots on your Bird of Paradise

This is good advice for any indoor plant, but the root system should look strong and healthy with white tips. Lifting the plant and separating it from the grow pot should reveal a dense mix of soil and root. The soil should be held together by the roots but shouldn’t overwhelm the soil.

You need never worry about this with our plants. They are carefully examined before they ship, many with a sub-irrigation system that means you never need to remove the plant from its pot. Want to learn more about this majestic plant? Click here.

Check your Kentia Palm for weeds before buying

This is another tip that could apply to any purchase and it’s really a no-brainer.

Weeds are draining valuable nutrients form the soil, stealing those from your plant. A competent nursery staff would never allow this to happen. Run, don’t walk from this nursery. They are either smoking something funny or don’t care; maybe both. Learn more about this stately plant here.

Pick the perfect Areca Palm

Highly rated as a natural air purifier, the Areca Palm is growing more popular. Check for discoloration on leaves, dry or brown leaf edges and, of course, weeds, before opening your wallet.

Click here to learn more about this beautiful and versatile plant.

 

We pride ourselves on quality rather than quantity at Plantz.com. But don’t take our word for it, see what our customers have to say.

6 Amazing Benefits of Indoor Plants for Your Doctor’s Office

indoor plants in a doctor's office
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Your waiting room has a huge impact on how patients feel when they step into your office.

And while you’re satisfied with most of your waiting room and office decor now, you still feel like you’re missing something. It seems like your patients are always stressed out and your staff exhausted.

Indoor plants may be just what you need.

In this post, we’ll tell you some of the biggest mental and physical health benefits of indoor plants.

You won’t believe how much a little bit of green can improve things in your doctor’s office.

They Can Reduce Stress Levels

While most people experience at least a bit of anxiety when they have a doctor’s appointment, about 20% of the population has a more extreme phobia of going to the doctor, commonly referred to as “White Coat Syndrome” or Iatrophobia.

Nervous patients can make others uncomfortable in addition to being unhappy themselves – so it’s certainly in your best interests to keep them calm.

Waiting room plants help keep everyone relaxed. In fact, recent studies show that people who work with plants in their office experience a 37% drop in anxiety levels and a 44% drop in anger and frustration levels.

This is likely due to the calming effects of the green color of plants and the fact that they remind us of nature – as well as the fact that plants purify the air.

They Purify the Air

There are countless germs floating around us and on everyday objects.

But in a doctor’s office, keeping germs at bay and bacteria to a minimum is even more important, as the majority of people you see have some level of a compromised immune system.

Research by NASA concluded that plants are able to eliminate a whopping 87% of toxins from the air in as few as 24 hours. They manage the temperatures in your waiting room, get rid of pollutants like nitrogen dioxide and benzene, and even lower airborne dust levels.

Just make sure you properly care for your plants to keep them healthy and happy.

They’ll Keep Your Staff Focused and Productive

Nearly 44% of doctors will experience moderate to severe burnout over the course of their careers but you’re not the only one who leaves the office every day exhausted.

Your nurses and staff are tired too and it can often be tough for them to focus and be productive. When you’re making choices about care, calling insurance companies and pharmacies, and even arranging dosages, even one small mistake can be disastrous.

One of the biggest benefits of indoor plants is that they’ve actually been proven to increase not just productivity levels by at least 15% in employees, but also help to improve their focus.

This is because plants add oxygen to the air and require more natural light in the office, which improves everyone’s mood and focus.

They’ll Minimize Your Waiting Room’s Stuffiness

See lots of patients with respiratory issues? Waiting room plants help them breathe easier.

This is because the plants release moisture back into the air, which helps to balance out humidity levels in your waiting room. Plants also absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen into the air as a part of the photosynthesis process, which gets rid of allergens that can aggravate patients and staff.

In addition to helping patients with respiratory issues stay comfortable, indoor plants can also ward off dry skin, coughs, sore throats, and even colds.

Whether your office is on a busy street or if it can get a little loud in the waiting room (especially if you see pediatric patients!) controlling noise levels can be a challenge for any office.

Believe it or not, the right office plants can help reduce background noise, which makes for a much more relaxing and pleasant experience for all.

In addition to beautification, the ability of plants and trees to absorb sound is a huge reason why you see them along so many highways, and they can do the same in your doctor’s office.

Plants also help to deflect sound waves much better than walls do. For example, sound waves won’t vibrate when they hit a wall, which means that noise easily echoes throughout your office. Plant leaves, however, are much more flexible, which causes the leaves to vibrate and deflect and refract the sound, minimizing noise.

For best results, try more than one type of indoor plant, and go for larger, thicker leaves.

They’ll Improve Your Decor

Last but not least, adding indoor plants to your doctor’s office will certainly improve your waiting room’s decor.

Of course, this means that your patients will have a good impression of your practice, but it’s about much more than looks alone.

When patients are dissatisfied with their overall waiting room experience, they’re more likely to complain about long wait times or even criticize the level of care they’ve received.

And if they take those complaints online? Your office’s reputation takes a hit and you lose patients as a result.

A beautiful waiting room that keeps patients happy, comfortable, and yes, even distracted, is just a few plants away.

Ready to Get Some Indoor Plants for Your Doctor’s Office?

Now that you know a few of the biggest benefits of indoor plants, we know you’re curious about where you can go to get some seriously stunning options for your doctor’s office.

At Plantz, we’re thrilled to be able to offer you not only a stunning variety of some of the most beautiful indoor plants out there, but also elegant planters that will make them look even better.

You can quickly find something that works with the decor of your office and that’s sure to bring a smile to your staff’s and patients’ faces.

We invite you to browse through our incredible inventory today so that you can see just how much better life with indoor plants can be.

 

Indoor Plants: Healthier Living from A to Z!

Between working, sleeping, cleaning, driving, and relaxing, it’s estimated that Americans now only spend about 10 percent of their time on average outdoors. That number is tiny. Because of this restriction from the fresh air of the outside world, it’s becoming more and more important that the air we breathe inside is fresh and pure of toxins. Architectural design hasn’t exactly caught up with the science involved here, meaning that most ventilation systems in buildings aren’t equipped to handle the kind of circulation needed to purify the air and prevent our large swathes of inside time from being potentially harmful.

Enter the hero of our story: the humble indoor plant. The presence of indoor plants in an environment has been proven in study after study to have massive benefits, including boosting happiness, and of course, filtering out some of those harmful elements of the air. The reason that plants are able to clean the air like this is because they take in dangerous airborne toxins and chemicals and, in their place, produce oxygen. Indoor plants have also been proven to reduce stress, reduce the growth of airborne bacteria, and boost focus and concentration by helping keep a steadier, cleaner supply of oxygen available. Just about all plants can accomplish these things to some degree or another in your home, but some plants are specialists, and are great starter plants if you’re wanting to kickstart your path to a healthier, happier life with plants.

If you’ll pardon the pun, we’re going to go over two plants today, the areca palm and the ZZ plant, and how they illustrate that plants can bring you healthier living from A to Z, no matter who you are!

The Areca Palm– The areca palm, otherwise known as the Butterfly Palm, Party Palm, or the Dypsis lutescnes, can thrive inside if they’re kept in direct sunlight. It’s one of the highest rated plants in for filtering out toxins and pollutants from the air because of its high rate of transpiration. Basically, transpiration is a plant’s process of evaporating water out on the surface of its leaves in order to cool itself down and trap foreign particles inside. This, in tandem with being a more affordable plant and a relatively easy one to take care of, makes it a favorite for novice plant parents and long-time botanists alike!

The ZZ Plant– So let’s say that you’re willing to start out with something a little less about perfectly pure air and a just a little more people-proof. Well, the Zamioculcas zamiifolia, or ZZ plant for short, is probably for you! It’s often affectionately called the “EZ-ZZ”, and the reason for that is pretty straightforward: the ZZ plant is one of the downright easiest plants to keep alive for first-time plant parents. These little guys are tough! They can live just fine in both low-light and high-light areas and they don’t need nearly as much water or attention as other plants. Best of all, it may not be the best green friend you can pick up for air purifying, but the ZZ plant is still proven to make a huge difference on the quality of your indoor air!

At PLANTZ, we firmly believe that there is an indoor plant out there for every kind of person. If you want more information, be sure to contactthe PLANTZ team today to learn more about what other kinds of indoor plants you can bring to brighten up your home and your life! If you would like to look around yourself and see what your options are, and maybe have one or two shipped straight to your door, don’t forget to visit our storetoday!

 

Plants over Pets? A Trend for the Modern World

According to a study recently done by The Economist about how today’s young people are spending their time and money, the number of households that contain indoor plants, particularly in lieu of having pets, has skyrocketed in the past decade. When you take a closer look at the kinds of lives people are living, this shift does make a lot of sense, and a ton of different factors play into it.

After all, people’s lifestyles are changing. In today’s society a higher number of people than ever are living in apartments and other types of terraced housing that have restrictions on owning certain kinds of pets. This restriction creates the need for an alternative form of home companionship besides pets, and plants fill that role perfectly. On top of this, there’s a rising attitude trend among young adults towards wanting to stay independent for longer before settling down. This drive for a more independent lifestyle often makes the comparatively low-impact world of raising plants a far more attractive option for younger people than taking a puppy or kitten under their wing.

The reason people love pets so much is because they’re our companions. They make us happy when they’re around and they help give us a sense of responsibility and purpose. For people who fall into either or both of the lifestyles, plants aren’t all that different from traditional pets, except that they offer much more individual flexibility.

The cultural shift towards becoming more eco-conscious and pushing to go green means that people have been trying hard to reduce their damage to the environment and to help rebuild it in any way they can. Fostering plant growth is a great way to get started fighting back in this way. This compounds nicely with rising awareness of the benefits to health and happinessthat having plants around affords. Whereas traditional pets breathe out carbon dioxide like we do, plants take that stuff in, along with a ton of harsh and unhealthy chemicals in the air, and turn it all into sweet, clean oxygen that works to heal our bodies and sharpen our minds. All of these factors mount to make the choice between a plant and a pet much more of a contest to some and a complete no-brainer for many. Indoor plantscan fill all of the same roles as pets in your daily life, filling some roles even better than pets do, and they leave much less of a footprint both on your time and on the environment. It’s no surprise that so many people have been flocking to them as an alternative to pets.

And to make plants a little more people friendly (and vice versa), PLANTZ has paired its plants with an irrigation system that greatly extends the watering interval.  It’s dubbed ‘PlantAssure’ and can be installed on any new plant ordered at plantz.com or ordered separately for retrofitting plants from other sources.  With PlantAssure, the plant literally does water itself.

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Of course, there’s nothing wrong with having both pets AND plants in your life, either. Just because you’ve got the room in your life for a pet doesn’t mean that having a plant is a bad idea. Some of our favorite stories come about when customers report that their family dog or cat has become enamored with their new plant! Take this customer, Andrea, for example. Her pups absolutely loved the Fiddle Leaf Figshe ordered from us, and she just had to report it in to us!

If you’d like to see what all the fuss is about and order a plant of your own, click through to our store here!

 

 

PLANTZ Delivers Nationwide

Tampa, Florida. PLANTZ, a Tampa-based plant sales and leasing company, has successfully delivered quality indoor foliage plants to customers in each of the lower 48 states, Alaska, and Washington, DC. With a recent shipment to a customer in Wyoming, PLANTZ hit this important milestone in its quest to become the nation’s leading online distributor of indoor foliage.

In the Tampa Bay and Lakeland, Florida markets, the company provides plant leasing, landscaping, and horticultural services to more than 400 area businesses. In 2017, it opened its nationwide storefront at plantz.com to meet a growing demand for high-quality indoor plants.

“The business model was predicated on our ability to deliver a big green plant to a customer’s doorstep in Manhattan for less than the customer could buy it locally,” says Steve Stanford, president and chief green guru at PLANTZ. “Back in 2017, we figured it out and, to date, we’ve shipped 299 big plants in big boxes to customers in New York alone. So, that’s nearly 300 palm trees and unique tropical plants kicking out oxygen in homes and offices for our friends up north in New York.”

Trends are in the company’s favor. With most Americans spending more time inside than outside, bringing life to the interior environment is in vogue. Green plants pump oxygen in to the air, while filtering out airborne pollutants and volatile organic compounds. They can change the mood in a room, making people feel safer and more content. In offices, plants have been proven to reduce stress, improve productivity, and even reduce absenteeism. Aside from all that, they look nice and make people happy.

One of the keys to the success of PLANTZ has been its partnership with FedEx. “It’s obvious that our success depends on solid packaging techniques and our ability to land a plant on someone’s doorstep thousands of miles away,” said John Crandall, the manager at PLANTZ who is responsible for getting the plant safely to a customer. “We have experimented with several packaging methods and worked through some good ideas and some not-so-good ones,” continued John, “but once we put it on a FedEx truck, it’s up to them to get it to the customer in great shape.” And they have delivered. Since PLANTZ began its nationwide sales efforts, FedEX has delivered over 3,000 orders of plants and their supplies throughout the United States including a Giganta Plant to Juneau, Alaska – the company’s longest shipment yet.

There are headwinds for the company moving forward, especially since Amazon has expanded its plant selection.

“The Amazon marketplace is amazing,” admits Stanford. “Most of our customers do require some post-sale coaching, and that’s where we excel. Not only do we source the best Florida- and Hawaiian-grown plants and help customers figure out which one will be best for them, but we also give customers the tools, advice, and frankly, the confidence to keep it alive and kicking. We didn’t feel like we could provide that level of customer support through Amazon, so we developed a buying experience on our site that feels like Amazon. Heck, we even use Amazon to take payments – we’re just not going to sell on their platform.”

Stanford’s contention might be proved out in the ratings and reviews it gets from its customers. Currently, it has 5-Star ratings for all its plants except two, which have 4.5-Star ratings.

“Customer reviews and comments are golden,” says Steve. “Our team is on it, and it shows in the post-sale comments customers leave on our site.” There have been setbacks. “Have we had a frozen Kentia Palm delivered in Minneapolis? Yes. Have we had a Fiddle Leaf Fig toppled in Texas? Yes. But a very high percentage of our plants are making it safely to their destinations. And if they don’t, we make it right with a replacement plant. I’m not sure if we’re lucky or good, but we’re just happy those funky deliveries are few and far between.”

The company hopes to double its online sales in 2019 by adding new plants, products, and supplies to its offering. So far, it’s off to a good start with both January and February sales outpacing last year.

“We’ll continue to source the best plants from Florida and Hawaii in support of our mission – to make people happy with plants,” Stanford added.