Selection and maintenance of natural plants for commercial interiors

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Nancy Turk Falta (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Clara Ridder

Abstract: This study was designed to gain information from practicing plant authorities on methods of selection and maintenance of plants suitable for use in commercial interiors. Data were obtained by interviews with twelve nurserymen, landscape architects, and horticulturists practicing in the central Piedmont section of North Carolina and by seven questionnaires returned from selected plant authorities located outside the geographic limits of the study. Information gained from the nineteen plant authorities became the basis for the recommendations contained in this study. Eleven species of plants were recommended by five or more of the plant authorities. In order of selection these are: (1) Dracaena marginata, (2) Ficus benjamina 'Exotica', (3) Brassaia actinophylla, (4) Dracaena deremensis 'Waraeckei', (5) Dracaena fragrans massangeana, (6) Ficus elastica 'Decora', (7) Chrysalidocarpus lutescens, (8) Spathiphyllum 'Mauna Loa', (9) Chamaedorea erumpens, (10) Howeia forsteriana, and (11) Philodendron selloum. In all, fifty-two species of plants were recommended by the survey group for use in commercial interiors. The majority of the plants are hardy and most can survive under the adverse environmental conditions commonly present in commercial interiors. A summary of the fifty-two plants and the recommended culture of each is incorporated into the findings of this study.

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Language: English
Date: 1975

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