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As plants open their leaf pores to take in carbon dioxide, some of the moisture in the leaf can escape. Thus the plants sweat water vapor into the air whenever they breath. This happens more rapidly if the air is dry or humid. This often happens in the winter months when the heat is turned on to an excessive level or the HVAC system is 'acting up' causing an imbalance of air flow; very hot in one area and cool in another area.
Plants can dry out in the summer months as well. Dry air causes plants to transpire moisture much more rapidly than does humid air. Water in the leaves evaporates very quickly into air, causing the plant to lose moisture at a rapid rate. When leaves begin to lose water faster than the roots can absorb it - disaster strikes. It is an evil the plant inflicts on itself, in self defense. In order not to lose more water to the air, the plant will almost completely close its leaf pores. This slows down the flow of moisture from the plant effectively, but unfortunately it also reduces the intake of carbon dioxide. Without supplies of carbon dioxide, the cells begin to die and the plant looks tired and ill.
At Danny Tropicals, we highly recommend a weekly maintenance service. We are able to water, care and take corrective measures to save the interior plants during any periods of environmental stress.
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When a plant is cut, it seems able to direct nutrients and minerals around the cut, sealing the cut area off and protecting healthier parts of the plant. It’s not quite the self-healing mechanism that animals have, but more like a cauterization: it stops the bleeding.
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The very thing that keeps the plants alive is the one thing that has a long term negative effect on the plants.
The tap water used in watering indoor plants or office plants contains chlorine, fluoride and other soluble salts. Over time these soluble salts accumulate in the pot or planter and have no where to go. In an outdoor environment, these salts would be washed away with rainfall and other medium of natural precipitation.
The indoor plants would eventually absorb these soluble salts and over time this would cause spotting on the leaves.
To get rid of soluble salts, you would have to take the plant out of the pot or planter and wash away all the soil from the roots, get new soil and replant. This process is a very tricky one as it obviously an outdoor activity. The weather must be above 18 degrees C as to avoid a temperature shock to the root system.
After doing the 'soil wash', the next challenge is to see how the plant reacts to the trauma. It's not uncommon for some plants to shed leaves, wilt or even die. Most will survive the trauma but will take a while to bounce back to a normal vibrant health.
A 'soil wash' is not practical and most of the times not possible in an office or indoor environment. At Danny Tropicals we simple provide fresh new plants to our clients when soluble salts become an issue.
A ‘green office’ is one that has a considerable amount of plants and green areas, usually with every employee being in visible distance of a plant. A ‘lean office’ is one that is bare and minimal, keeping any spare space available and empty for expansion and other unforeseen uses.
Studies have shown that staff feel happier and more productive in green office spaces. This may be because they feel that their employer cares for them by creating an interesting environment for them to work in.
Google's Dublin offices have an entire floor called the ‘green floor’ which contains plants.
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