Living and Working in a Fresh Environment

We’re talking indoor planting again.

Office Fern

Office Fern

It seems every week there are articles about the benefits of indoor planting. This means an increasing number of businesses will be looking for qualified interiorscapers to design an interior landscape for their business that is beautiful, cost efficient and employee friendly.

Indoor planting can benefit those spending lots of time indoors. Hopefully winter is nearly over and people will be able to get outside more. Some businesses will be looking to bring a bit of the outdoors in. I’m picturing the cafes and the restaurants that like plants and flowers to brighten up the appearance. These restaurants can be an indoor-outdoor setting with great plants setup outside and inside as well. It makes for a charming setting along with providing benefit to the customers and employees.

We know indoor planting and interiorscaping is beneficial for businesses. The trick is learning how to describe those benefits to building managers so they get excited about interiorscaping.

Improved Air Quality in Winter and Summer

Plants add oxygen to an indoor environment. An article I came across this week discussed some of the air scrubbing benefits of indoor plants for home and office:

Poor Winter Air Quality Helped by Indoor Plants in the Home and Office

The Environmental Protection Agency recently noted that “In the last several years, a growing body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air within homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outdoor air—in even the largest and most industrialized cities.”

Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) offers homeowners tips for improving indoor air quality through the use of indoor plants. “All plants add oxygen and create a healthier indoor environment,” says Chris Raimondi, chairman of PLANET’s Interior Specialty Group. “In addition, some plants provide the added benefit of removing toxins from the air.”

These are two agencies dedicated to improving the lives of people. Plants are proving to be the lifeblood of living fresh and clean. Removing toxins form the air improves overall health of people in indoor spaces. The plants and people inside can also feed off each other as they swap each other’s fuel – carbon dioxide for fresh, clean oxygen.

That’s how mother nature intended things to work.

Reduced Carbon Dioxide

Carbon dioxide gets a bad rap sometimes. The truth is carbon dioxide is part of nature. Too much is not good for humans, but too little is not good for plants. Humans and plants need each other to exist in a healthy climate full of vibrant life.

Reducing carbon dioxide can be an issue in homes and offices.

Consider an article on the life balance of humans and plants – oxygen and carbon dioxide:

Plant life balance act to well being

Carbon dioxide (CO2) is released when there are large numbers of people in offices or from gas appliances (mainly in homes).

These pollutants are considered to be the main cause of sick building syndrome and even at very low levels have been shown to cause headaches, eye, nose and throat problems and loss of concentration.

The university research concludes you only need two to three suitable indoor plants to reduce VOCs by 80 per cent and CO2 by 10 to 25 per cent.

In one experiment, 55 office workers in separate rooms were asked to look after one, two or three indoor plants for three months. The plants in the experiment included the peace lily, Spathiphyllum petite and Dracaena Janet Craig.

Those with two or three plants in their office reported a 50 per cent reduction in stress, along with 60 per cent less sick leave and 35 per cent lower eye, nose and throat problems. Rooms without plants reported an increase in stress of 20 per cent and negativity of 40 per cent.

Normally I wouldn’t quote that much of an article, but the research had some great statistics you can use when discussing designs with your clients.

Vista Metallic Rectangle Planter

Vista Metallic Rectangle Planter

Just a few indoor plants can greatly improve the quality of life for office employees and visitor vendors and customers. It’s a small investment for building managers to create a healthy environment with indoor planting.

Interiorscapers like you can use these stats to discuss the benefits of indoor planting with your clients. You can discuss the benefits for businesses by going with an experienced interiorscaper versus them trying to do things on their own. You can provide the knowledge of beautiful indoor planting design with the cost saving benefits of having access to wholesale planters and wholesale pots.

Indoor Plants and Lighting

As a professional interior landscaper you also have the knowledge of what types of plants work well indoors and how to maintain those plants. These are all things worth spending money on from the perspective of a business owner or building manager.

Consider…

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“Boston ferns are excellent, but they do shed,” Speed said. “Dracaena, palms and spider plants are good. Snake plant and other sansevieria do well, even in low light. Schefflera and any ficus are good too.”

“Pothos, arrowhead vine, rubber plant and peace lily – we always have these,” Denison said. “They’re the more popular plants.”

At the office, Faulds recommends hardy types: pothos, philodendron, bamboo plants and dracaena. “They tolerate low light and are effective at removing chemicals.” They also don’t mind drying out.

Choose plants carefully. “Look for ones with new glossy tips,” Speed said. “Make sure they have a well-established root system, not just planted straight into peat moss. It dries out too much. Check for pests and disease.”

“Look for nice healthy leaves,” Denison said. “No yellow or brown leaves. You want a good root system. You can see if the plant is stressed. You don’t want roots coming out of the pot, top or bottom, indicating it’s root-bound.

There is much more in the article worth reading. It’s worth five minutes to read the entire piece for more great statistics on the benefits of indoor plants. It’s great material to take to your clients.

I included those for the list of indoor plants and how it varies by lighting needs. I’m sure you also have more knowledge of plants that not only improve the quality of air, but are easy to maintain while brightening up the look of an indoor space.

Even after you finish setting things up for your clients be sure to keep the information flowing. After the project is finished is an important time. Your client wants all the reason they can find to justify their investment. Give them the satisfaction of making a good decision by going with a pro interiorscaper.

This process after the project can also lead to some great referral business.

Summary

We’ve discussed the benefits of indoor plants the last couple weeks.

Taking information about the air balance plants can provide an office space is important for selling your clients on large interiorscaping projects. Even after the project is complete you’ll want to maintain a bit of communication so your client feels proud of their decision. They’ll feel good knowing they were responsible for improving the health and vitality of their employees, customers and visitors.

Is there anything else to add to the discussion?

Please share your thoughts in the comments.

Office Fern image courtesy of HoskingIndustries

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