Plants and Soil Moisture


The amount of soil moisture a plant requires for optimal health varies from plant to plant. Similar to light and the forest canopy concept, various plant types have evolved and adapted to different environmental conditions based on moisture availability.

Indoor plants that require less soil moisture have developed modified plant parts and structures to help them cope with drier conditions—similar to the way camels have evolved and adapted to dry conditions. For example, many plants native to dry (arid) regions have developed thick waxy leaves with fewer stomata, effective at storing water and reducing water loss. Sansevieria, Zamioculcas Zamiifolia (ZZ plant), Jade plant and Aloe are examples of these. Many of these plants are considered ‘succulents’—a large group of low-moisture, ornamental plants. Plants native to extremely dry areas, including cactus such as Cereus, don’t have any leaves at all. Instead they have a modified stem(s) that hold abundant moisture and carry out photosynthesis.

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How To Protect Plants From Cold Damage Outdoors

How To Protect Plants From Cold Damage

Most of North America has recently experienced very cold weather lately. How do we protect our exterior containerized plants from cold damage?

Cold damage to exterior plants occurs primarily in two ways: The first way is through desiccation (water loss). The second is through cold damage to plant tissue. Cold damage to plant tissue is highly dependent on the cold-hardiness adaptability of each plant type. Coconut palms don’t thrive in Detroit for a reason! Each type of cold damage are discussed below.

Desiccation is caused several ways in cold winters: dry soils, frozen soil/water and water loss from high winds. Although plants do not use as much water in the winter, they still uptake water continuously, even in the coldest times of the year. This is especially true for evergreen plants (plants that retain their leaves in winter such as spruce, junipers, rhododendrons, hollies, etc). Read More »

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3 Reasons Why You Need More Plants In Your Life

Why you Need More Plants in Your LifeWith the Polar Vortex billowing snow and ice upon Americans this winter in epic proportions, most people are likely not spending a plethora of time outdoors. If you’re anything like me, the closest you’re getting to braving the cold for an extended period of time is watching the Winter Olympics in Sochi. Despite the freezing temperatures, we humans still have an extensive need to be connected to nature.

By decorating your business with indoor plants, you can enrich the space with nature’s refreshing presence year round. How does one stay in tune with the natural world without the threat of slipping or frostbite in the dead of winter?

You see plant life everywhere you turn: your office, the shopping mall, the bank, the hotel. But many buildings you spend significant time in every week are devoid of all things green and growing. To help aid your effort in adding a touch of nature to your professional surroundings, we here at Greener on the Inside listed “3 Reasons Why You Need More Plants in Your Life” below. Enjoy the list and add your thoughts and ideas in the comments at the bottom of the page. Read More »

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Video: How To Make Poinsettias Last

During the holidays, everyone loves to see bright, red poinsettias adorning displays in hotels, homes and shopping malls. Plant design expert, Janice Nath, shares her insight in the above video so that you can keep your poinsettias looking their best long into the New Year. Read More »

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Case Study: Garden Redesign Earns Customer LEED Points

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An expert in creating exterior landscaping designs, Jon LaDow takes pleasure in helping his clients achieve their design goals through environmentally sustainable means.  Jon recently newly designed an inviting exterior garden for a customer who manages a prestigious 12-story office building located at 475 14th Street in downtown Oakland, California. It was both beautiful and helped the customer receive the maximum LEED points.

The lovely exterior garden featured two dozen 4’-wide hexagon-shaped concrete containers, and one 30’ x 7’ raised bed. Created 10 years earlier, the containers featured annual plants and foliage that required replanting every other month. Fertilizer and pesticides were a part of every change-out, and maintaining the seasonal plant display required frequent watering, trimming and pruning. Read More »

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