The Guild Report:  
Easy Care House Plants    
March 2013 
In This Issue
Point of View
Easy Care Houseplants
Where does your water come from?


Point of View  
With Employee Owner
Jorge Garcia 


"'I've been at Gardeners' Guild for two years andI love my job!  It has given me an opportunity to learn and grow.  I have my QWEL (Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper) certification and right now I have only three more classes before I get my CLT (Landscape Industry Certification) as well as taking Bay Friendly classes.  I like to have my customer sites looking good and enjoy helping others to learn."    
Jorge is a Crew Leader and works on some of our larger projects in the Northbay  His positive attitude and desire for ongoing learning is a great asset. 


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Happy spring!
Some of the medians on Richmond Parkway are turning bright yellow -- a blaze of mustard flower sunshine smiling up at me as I drive past.
Though I still mourn that lost hour - plucked by Daylight Savings - it is nice having more light in the evening.  It means I can come home from work, make dinner and go for a walk without a flashlight.
Back indoors...many of you have interior plants in your offices and at home.  I couldn't live without them in my house.  For me - they are a living work of art that I take pride in caring for.
There are a multitude of indoor plants which are easy to care for, some with beautiful blooms and foliage.  You just need to pay attention to lighting and moisture.  Below we are highlighting a few easy ones and some things to watch for.


All the best,
Suzanne Harris

Easy Care Houseplants
Research has documented that plants clean the air, help people to be more productive, reduce carbon dioxide, enhance creativity and encourage a healthier lifestyle.


If you don't already have plants in your home, experiment with some of these easy care plants.  The the plants below are recommended because they are hearty and they help clean the air:

Dracaena (Common Name: Cornstalk Plant)
There are many varieties of Dracaenas.  They are hearty, grow tall and are great floor plants.  Dracaenas are tolerant of low to moderate - but not direct sunlight.  They thrive in temperatures between 65 and 75 degrees. Let the soil dry out partly before watering.  A good rule of thumb is once per week.  

Epipremnum (Common Name: Pothos)
Pothos is very easy to care for! It can grow in low lighting environments, but it does best with filtered light.  Water your Pothos when the top of the soil feels dry to the touch. It is tough and can stand some neglect but don't let it go more than two weeks without water.  Pothos are great for hanging baskets.

This always surprises people - but Orchids are easy to care for!
One of the most common mistakes is over watering.  frequency of watering depends on time of year and environment within your home. 

Watering once a week is a good rule of thumb. The experts suggest a watering frequency range of 5- to 12 days. In the spring/summer months it will need a little more water, whereas in fall/winter  less.  If your Orchid is at home take it to the sink, turn on the water and let it soak through.

Cymbidiams like to be kept evenly moist between watering

Lighting is also important.  Too much light and they will burn and conversely too little light will keep them from flowering.  They like to be behind curtains or window blinds.

Do you know where your water comes from?

When you turn on the faucet to get a glass of water do you ever wonder where your water is coming from?  The Water Education Foundation has developed this website funded by Proposition 50 (California Bay-Delta Authority) drinking water grant.

It's fun to use! Click on your city or region and you can find out where your water comes from.  I learned that where I live, our water comes from two sources.