With almost 30 years experience in the interior and exterior landscaping industry,
Keith Wheatley has compiled a list of his favourite indoor plants and explains the
reasons for his choice.
History of indoor plants
In the 17th century Joseph Banks, a fellow of the Royal Society, inherited a considerable
fortune. Banks had an interest in botany since childhood and used his inheritance
to fund trips to Newfoundland and Labrador....
The Ficus benjamina.This has to be the top choice overall for an office plant. The
reason is primarily that it lasts so long in a light position and can be easily kept
in shape. For a plant display contractor, plants that last a long time mean greater
profits! Office plants are often placed well away from a window position and we don’t
get to use these plants as much as we would like. Not many last as long as the
weeping fig without losing a neat form. It’s also my top choice because it’s a
very beautiful plant.
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Out of the top ten office plants, the overall winner is....
Film stars are now available for your garden. When I say film stars, perhaps I should
say props. The picture on the right shows some rock stars that were used in the
recent Bond film. The rocks are made of resin and fibre matting and are extremely
light. Where access problems and weight restrictions apply these are ideal. The
rocks are available in three types of standing stones and fifteen types of prostrate
stones. Finishes such as brown, sandstone, slate and coal can be enhanced with streaks
of iron or copper colours. They are all hollow and can be used to cover unsightly
equipment and machinery.
Plant display maintenance is probably the least costly service available to building
management but due to the perception that plants are a luxury item, this service
is one of the first that facilities managers cut back on. This is especially so in
the current economic climate. Unless the density of the planting is excessive, the
actual cost saving made is minimal and the loss of the environmental and indirect
financial benefits far outweigh the gain on the accountant’s spreadsheet. So what
are the costs involved? A large plant display, say 5ft tall (1.5m) costs around £1.25
plus vat per week to maintain. For that price, the customer gets weekly visits for
watering, cleaning, removal of dead or dying leaves and, if need be, pest control.
Now here’s the no brainer part. The outlay of £1.25 also covers the cost of replacement
plants when that plant dies due to natural causes. Yes, that’s right. For a maintenance
service of only £1.25 plus vat per plant you get free replacements for ever! Naturally,
the contractor will charge if anyone falls on top of the plant after a lengthy business
lunch and squashes it flat. This is an unlikely scenario, however, as business lunches
have also been cut due to the economic crisis...