All About Carnivorous Plants

Fly resting on a Venus Fly TrapCarnivorous plants have long fascinated people both young and old. There is a wide diversity of meat-eating plants in nature, varying greatly in appearance and in the way they consume animals.

The Venus Fly Trap is probably the most well-known carnivorous plant. Venus Fly Traps are fast-acting plants to watch when the leaves snap shut when a fly happens upon them. Venus Fly Traps can claim the U.S. as their native home, indigenous to the Carolinas.

Other carnivorous plants include Pitcher Plants and Sticky Traps (including Sundews). Carnivorous plants are generally found in swampy areas with soils deprived of nutrients. Small insects and other critters provide necessary nutrients that are lacking in the soil. Read More »

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The Best Houseplants for Kids

Best Houseplants for KidsLike some hobbies, kids can get involved in gardening and plant care at an early age. Indoor plants are a great way to get children enthusiastic about gardening and science because houseplants can be cared for year-round and are fairly straight forward and inexpensive.

Houseplants are easier than ever to purchase and the best ones for kids are often the most affordable – meaning a few mishaps or dead plants can easily be replaced with new ones.

When searching for houseplants for children, focus on foliage plants that tolerate lower light and are slower growing – plants like these often have lower watering and light demands. Try to select plants that are relatively trouble-free and not particularly prone to pests, leaf tipping or shedding. Good starter plants for children include: Read More »

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Bonnie Smith: Ambius Concierge of the Year

Bonnie Smith Concierge of the Year Ambius North America With WordsBonnie Smith is a perfect example of what makes Ambius colleagues special.

A Concierge in our Portland branch, Bonnie’s passion for plants and willingness to go above and beyond for her customers and fellow employees has made her a true asset to Ambius.

Her hard work paid off this year when she was awarded the Ambius North America Concierge of the Year Award.

“I try to educate people as much as I can,” said Bonnie when asked about her approach to her job. “People spend so much time at their workplace and Ambius brings plants to people so that they can have a little bit more enjoyment in the place where they spend a third of their lives.” Read More »

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Cold Weather Orchid Care Tips

Ambius Customer Service Specialist caring for orchidThe recent cold blast experienced in most parts of North America can cause home interiors to become quite chilly, particularly when people are away from their homes and the thermostat is turned down.

Depending on the type of indoor plant you have, it may or may not be affected adversely by the colder temperatures. A number of orchids can be affected by these temperature dips, particularly prior to and during blooming.

Phaleanopsis orchids (the type predominantly used with their characteristically large, ornate blooms) are classified as “Warm Orchids” meaning while in bloom they prefer warm temperatures and detest cold or even cool temperatures. Read More »

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4 Scents Perfect for Retail Stores

Scents used in retailDo you have a favorite store? Why do you enjoy shopping there? There’s one element that influences the shopping experience more than you would think: smell.

The human nose is able to detect more than 1 trillion scents. As our sense of smell is closely tied to memory and mood, the way a retail spaces smells can help determine a customer’s impression of a brand, the amount of time they spend in a store and even how much they spend.

Tapping into the subtle sense of smell is a powerful way for brands to create the  ‘experiences’ consumers crave.

As one of North America’s leading providers of scenting services, we here at Ambius help some of the biggest national brands create better in-store experiences with the use of state-of-the-art scent machines.

Our scents range from Rose Mist to Pink Grapefruit to Ginger Essence to Chocolate Chip Cookie. While different businesses often require very specific scents or even custom scents, there are a few fragrances that are very popular with retailer.  Below we’ve listed “4 Scents That Will Save Your Store” and some interesting information about why these scents are commonly permeated in the retail industry.  Read More »

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