Most people have probably never heard the term interior landscaping. At first glance, it seems an oxymoron how do you landscape the interior of a home or office? Do you bring in truckloads of dirt to redesign the room? Do you plant grass and shrubbery? Of course most people do not go to that extreme.
The term interior landscaping refers to looking at the planes and angles of any given space, and then uses plants, planters, and other furniture or accessories to help soften the area edges. When working on an interior landscape project, take into account colors and focal points as well. Interior landscaping is also called plantscaping or interiorscaping terms used by people in the business.
Interior landscaping has a few benefits, such as improving employee productivity and providing cleaner air within the office or home. Having plants in a room tends to brighten spirits. As soon as you add something green or a bunch of flowers to your otherwise dreary desk, you can feel the difference. Just imagine what a whole room decorated with plants could do for your mood!
There are still some skeptics, though. Some studies performed at Washington State University showed that the number of errors an employee made in an office that had been plantscaped was no different than that of a normal office. However, the study did show that an environment of interior landscaping had a positive affect on the workers attitudes and response time, increasing productivity. Enough said.
If youâ€™re worried about mold being an issue with interior landscaping, you can rest easy. The growing conditions required for indoor plants ensure that mold becoming a problem in your home or office is remote. For mold to grow, it needs moisture and bacteria.
Most houseplants are grown in bacteria-free soil, and the environment itself is far too sterile for mold to flourish. Mold also requires sufficient amounts of darkness or very little light to thrive. Most indoor plants tend to receive too much light to allow mold to sprout.
Do It Yourself
Of course, you can hire a professional to interiorscape your home or office, but there is no reason why you can’t do the job yourself. You just need to plan carefully. Interior landscaping is more than simply scattering plants around the home or office.
You need to plan where you’ll put your plants and why, as well as the layout and design of the room to soften sharp edges or fill empty areas so that the traffic pattern is pleasing for people to walk through.
To grow indoor plants and have them remain healthy, familiarize yourself with the technical aspects involved. For example, knowing what growing media works best for which types of plants, which growing media will provide the best anchorage for the roots, which type will hold water and nutrients most effectively, and which types of containers will allow for the most stability are all important considerations to maintaining healthy interior landscaping.
Peat, Loam or Nothing at All
The most common form of anchorage for indoor plants is peat moss. Peat moss is made of partially decomposed mosses and used by horticulturalists and interior landscaping specialists because it is so versatile. The texture helps promote good, strong root development in plants, and peat can retain water without becoming soggy.
The chemical properties make it compatible with any fertilizer, which makes it easier to adjust the ph levels for the plants maximum absorption of nutrients. The material is lightweight and makes moving your displays easier.
Loam is less common and is often heavy in comparison to peat. Since loam is made from soil, the consistency of loam is harder to maintain. Most interior landscaping pros will avoid this material unless the plant requires it as a growing medium.
There is an alternative to both peat and loam. Hydroculture is a method of growing plants using a clay-like substance as a base, with roots immersed in water all the time. Plants grown in this manner require very little maintenance; the only things you have to check are the water levels.
The downside is that hydroculture plants are a little more delicate than their more firmly-anchored counterparts and are more difficult to transport.