The Best Low Light Plants for Indoors

Featured imageYou start a new business and you’re looking around the office, the lobby, the restaurant or whatever space you have. You see the desks, the people, the computers, everything looks in order, but there’s something wrong. The place just looks drab, not quite right.

“Get me some plants!” You say.

Immediately you assign that task to someone who runs out and buys the most colorful and vibrant plants possible and places them all around the space. To your dismay, just a few days later all of those expensive, colorful plants are dead.

What happened?

Well the fact is that some of the most popular indoor plant species tend to need the most light and care. Unless you have a light meter handy, no matter how big the windows are in your space or how bright it seems, it’s a good bet that the space in question is not getting enough sunlight to sustain those plants. That’s why you’d be better served getting low light plants for your space. Read More »

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The Best #PlantFacts on Twitter

Plant FactsOutside the first signs of spring are beginning to appear throughout the United States. Before long, we will back doing all the things we love to do outside and reconnecting with nature. The @Ambius Twitter account takes pride in sharing tips and little known factoids about plants.

Whether it’s telling the story behind a particular plant species’ nickname or imparting some plant care tips anyone can use, we love to help educate the public about plants.

With people getting ready to use their green thumbs, we thought now would be great time to collect our favorite plant-related Tweets from Twitter and share them with you all in once place. If you have a plant-related tip or fact, feel free to join in the fun by using the hashtag #PlantFacts on Twitter.

So without further ado…on with the Tweets! Read More »

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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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