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                      INTERIOR LANDSCAPE DESIGN

There are some general rules that apply to interior plant design,
you should follow with some degree of flexibility.
  1. If you put plants on a table they should not be more than 3'
    tall or 3' wide.
  2. Floor plants should not be more than 2/3 of the ceiling
    height.  There are exceptions to this rule, for instance a
    plant like a palm that has arching fronds since the tip of the
    leaves end in a downward direction can stretch to the
  3. Set small plants on small tables, larger plants on larger
    tables.  If the table or shelf is more horizontal than vertical,
    use a plant that stretches wide not tall.
  4. Hanging plants are generally a thing of the past but if you
    use them the pots should be hung so that they are below
    eye level.
  5. Set plants on the floor should generally come up to at least
    eye level, unless you are showing off blooms.           


Watering incorrectly is the main cause of plant death.  While
considering your interior landscape, always remember: more light
more water; less light less water.  Plants transpire through their
foliage like we perspire through our skin.  The more light (activity)
the more water is used.  You can think of it like a person running
vs. that same person walking, a plant in a lot of light like a south
exposed window is similar to a person running...that plant will use
a lot of water.  A plant away from a window or near a north facing
window is like someone walking.  It still needs water but it will
need it less often.  

Remember also, it is better to water thoroughly less often then to
water more often with less water.  So when you water, the soil
needs to become saturated to the bottom of the pot.

Remember also, do not water just one spot of the soil.  Water
does not move laterally in the soil very well, so when you water
be sure to water the whole top area of the soil, this will insure
that the roots get an equal distribution of the water.

Remember also, to fertilize.  Use any all purpose houseplant
fertilizer you find at your local nursery or hardware store and feed
those plants regularly.  A good office plant service should be
getting these variables right.


Let's consider lighting now.  After watering, incorrect lighting is
probably the second biggest cause of plant death.  In considering
your interior plant design, you need to place your house plants in
the proper lighting.  This issue is a little more difficult to discuss
in general terms since every plant type has it's own lighting

First let's start with the o
rientation of your light.  Does your
office/home windows face the South, West, East or North?  Maybe
you have two or three of these, maybe you have windows that
face all of these directions in different parts of the house/office.  
So again, when considering your interior landscape start with the
knowledge of which way the windows orient.  The directional
order listed above (South, West, East, North) are in order of the
most sun to least sun.  

Plants th
at like the most light (South facing window), are generally
plants that will grow outside in the full sun.  For instance, Ficus
Benjamina, Birds of Paradise, Palms like Kentia, Fishtail, and King
Palm.  Since these plants will grow outside in the full sun (we're
talking Coastal Southern California here, like Irvine, Newport
Beach, Costa Mesa etc.) you can be assured they will tolerate the
most light indoors.

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