Last week we talked to our founder, Heddy Salerno, about what makes for a successful office plant. And we got great suggestions! But the truly plant-challenged among us were waiting for another type of plant to be mentioned- the fake kind. But is that cheating? Faux greenery is so realistic these days. Surely it plays a role in the world of home and office décor. We went to the plant whisperer in chief to get her thoughts.
Q: Heddy, would Mother Nature disown me if I went with silk plants?
A: Boy, big question. Live plants are just so much better for you. Do you know that they can improve your employee productivity by over 12%? That they reduce absenteeism and sick building syndrome? These are actual NASA facts! And live plants bring you oxygen.
- The takeaway: don’t give up too easily. The benefits of actual living, breathing plants range from simple – more oxygen in the environment, to complex – fighting the effects of modern construction materials in airtight buildings. Maybe the positive effects are worth learning to work a watering can.
A: There is a place for faux plants. If your lighting is really too low (a bathroom with low light, a very dark room or a conference room that rarely gets used) then a faux plant is the best choice. Why install a plant into a place where you know it just will not work? You really don’t want it to die. And as professionals, we know what will and will not work. We can supply you with faux plants that look great.
- The takeaway: use your best judgment. Or even better, let us use ours! Inside Plants will evaluate the best places in your office or home to place greenery design-wise, and then choose the appropriate plants (live or faux) for the light level. We’ll make sure your space is attractive, healthy, and your plants are taken care of long-term.
To set up an appointment with one of our designers, or discuss any indoor office plant maintenance issues, please contact us. Inside Plants has been providing premiere home and office plant maintenance in Southern California for over 35 years. www.insideplants.net