Great Gift Ideas for Gardeners

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Dec 10, 2015 2:40:56 PM

Chances are you know a few people who love to spend time in the garden. There may not be a whole lot of yard work to do right now, but there is plenty of fun gift ideas at Green Acres Nursery & Supply!

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Topics: Gift Ideas, Winter, Holiday Decor, Seasonal Items, BBQ, Outdoor Entertaining, Houseplants, Roses, Airplants, Tillandsia, Big Green Egg, Grilling, Christmas, Grills, Grandiflora, Floribunda, Climbing Rose, Rose Care, Hybrid Tea Rose

Houseplants – More Useful Than You'd Think

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on May 6, 2013 10:23:00 AM

Houseplants add beauty and interest to our indoor environment.  Clustered in an entryway of your home they make for an excellent welcoming comittee.  Not only do we love thier beauty, but they have more benefits than you know.

Houseplants greatly improve the air we breath.  All plants have the ability to take in carbon dioxide and expel oxygen that all living beings need.  Many plants also have the ability to absorb harmful airborne chemicals, many of which can be found in our homes or workplaces. 


DID YOU KNOW?

In the 1980’s NASA conducted studies using houseplants as air purifiers in space stations. NASA was concerned about the effects of air pollution/contaminants in tightly closed environments.  

For the study, common houseplants were placed in tightly sealed chambers in which various chemicals were introduced.  After positive results from initial testing, NASA teamed up with the Associated Contractors of America and expanded their study to homes, as they were being built more energy efficient and tightly sealed.  After a two-year study, researchers concluded that some houseplant varieties had the ability to reduce or eliminate certain harmful chemicals.  In the 1990’s the Plants for Clean Air Council and Wolverton Environmental Services expanded their research to include 50 houseplants. Dr. B.C. Wolverton authored a book on this very topic.

HOUSEPLANTS REDUCE CHEMICALS

Plants absorb harmful chemicals through tiny openings in their leaves.  In addition to that, soil bacteria and roots also help contribute to removing toxins too.  

COMMON CHEMICALS FOUND IN HOMES:

  • Formaldehyde is found in many items inside the home. It can be in carpeting, floor coverings, clothing, paper towels and facial tissues, building materials, tobacco smoke and is released by gas stoves.
  • Benzene is in plastics, rubber, inks, paints, and used in the manufacturing of dyes, detergents and some pharmaceuticals.
  • Trichloroethylene is used in adhesives, paints, varnishes, printing inks and is used in the dry cleaning process.

HOUSEPLANTS ESPECIALLY HELPFUL DURING WINTER & SUMMER MONTHS

During extreme temperatures in the summer and winter months we tend to close everything up in our home and either crank up the air conditioner or the heater.  Trapping air and toxins inside our home environment.  How do we know the air is clean inside our homes without the presence of air purifying houseplants?

DID YOU KNOW?

Houseplants also add humidity and release phytochemicals that suppress bacteria and mold spores.  The presence of houseplants can literally keep you and your family healthier!  Based on the NASA study, the number of houseplants recommended to help remove these toxins is one plant, in a 6 to 8 inch container, for every 100 square feet of living space.

BEST HOUSEPLANTS FOR ELIMINATING CHEMICAL TOXINS*:

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Topics: Houseplants, Planting Ideas, Container Ideas

Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Orchid?

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Feb 13, 2013 10:44:00 AM

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Topics: Houseplant Care, Orchids, Houseplants

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