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Posted:  07 Jan 2016 18:44  

I am new to this forum and honestly I am not an 'interiorscaper'.  I am an educated experienced horticulturist.  I work in design and installation for a land development company.  Every once in a while I'll have an interiorscape request...and interior plants are NOT my forte! 

Currently, our golf course club house has requested some tropical plants for their dining room.  I am a bit nervous about this.  How should I go about assessing the needs in the space?  I'm not sure how to evaluate the light.  Of course low maintenance is preferrable. 

I'm going to need two relatively tall plants.  I worry about palms getting enough light and potential insect problems.  Ficus I dread because of leaf drop.  And I'm basically out of ideas after that...Ideally, design wise, I'd love to have a single trunk tree with an arching growth habit. 

I hear Sansiverias are all the rage again and very easy to grow indoors.  I could use these as shorter plants...unless any of you have better reccomendations? 

I am open to any advice/reccomendations.

Thanks so much!
Posted:  08 Jan 2016 23:41  
First see if there is direct light. There are light meters which can help you to pick the right plant.
By picking your plant you have to know what the client want a fast grower and slower grow big small etc
Posted:  10 Jan 2016 00:23  
There's a quick and easy way to evaluate light levels in the absence of a foot-candle meter.  Take a sheet of white copier paper and hold it at about the height that the foliage will occupy in the desired locations.  Do this in the morning, at noontime and in late afternoon, just to get a sampling of the average light conditions over the course of a day.  Hold your hand above the paper, about a foot or so away from it, and if your hand casts a very sharp, distinct shadow, you have relatively good light.  If the shadow is fuzzy, you have moderate to low light.  If there is not much shadow cast on the paper at all, it's probably too dark for a live plant in that location.

For a single-trunk tree with an arching canopy for low to medium light indoors, your choices are limited.  Kentia palms are great, durable, long-lasting and graceful palms, but you may not find a single-trunked specimen easy to come by.  They usually come with 4-6 or more plants in a pot, depending on size.  If you can find a single-trunked Dracaena marginata, that might work, although it has more of a tufted look than arching and graceful.  If the light is very good, a Ficus 'Amstel King' tree would have a nice, gracefully spreading canopy and long, narrow leaves unlike the standard Ficus benjamina.  The new growth is also tinted a reddish color, so that adds some additional interest.
Posted:  16 Feb 2016 00:12  
Maybe it would make more sense to hire an interior plantscaper as a sub-contractor, to make your life easier.
Posted:  16 Feb 2016 16:36  
That, too!
Posted:  12 Mar 2016 11:51   Last Edited By: Jony008 
Good discussion.. Great Thanks.

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