Top 10 Plant Tips

For those of you who have brought in a favourite plant from home and keep it on your desk at work, here are a few tips to keep it in tip top shape. We love ALL plants, not just the ones we look after, so follow the advice below to keep our green friends happy.

  1. Avoid annoying little flies by being careful not to tip tea and coffee into plant containers. The sugars left in the compost make it an ideal breeding ground for sciarid flies.
  2. Use trough planters as natural screens. They reduce noise and are useful as barriers to separate walkways etc.
  3. One of the most common causes of plant death is over-watering. If in doubt, leave it to Ambius, the experts!
  4. Your plants need water, light and warmth to survive. So when you're off on holiday, don't forget about your green friends. Make sure that someone else knows to keep the blinds open and the thermostat up.
  5. Peat free compost is suitable for all your indoor plants and available at most local nurseries.
  6. Variegated plants (featuring leaves with white edges or white flecks) often need more light than their green cousins. Keep them nearer to a window so that they can get all the light that they need.
  7. Plants acclimatise slowly to different surroundings by changing their leaf orientation and structure. If you can, try not to move them around, as they may not adapt as easily as you think.
  8. Plants reduce stress. See our Plants in Buildings website for more information.
  9. You can still have plants where space is at a premium. Some of the latest designs use tall containers to show off the plants, whilst taking up as little floor space as possible.
  10. Regularly prune your plants to stop them becoming 'leggy'. Once they've lost the foliage on their lower branches, it's very difficult to get it to return.
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