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Marta Maria Garcia, Costa Farms
Miami, FL

Costa Farms® was founded in 1961 by José Costa. The business, which began with a few acres, is now a 3rd generation family business with over 2,800 employees spread over 3,800 acres in Florida, North and South Carolina, Pennsylvania, the Dominican Republic and Far East.

Today, Costa Farms is America’s largest producer of indoor plants and second largest bedding plant supplier in the nation. Costa Farms' research and development continues to ensure exceptional foliage and color. O2 for You - Plants with a Purpose, (public service campaign) has received national and regional media attention and accolades on the health benefits of indoor plants. From annuals and perennials, to foliage and shrubs, Costa Farms is dedicated to providing simply the best.

Your New Favorite Fuss-Free Houseplant

February 2015 PDF icon Real Simple - February.pdf

Editors at Real Simple magazine come to Garden Media when looking for plants or garden experts. This article featured easy-to-grow Costa Farms houseplants.

Garden Know-How

June 2015 PDF icon Better Homes and Gardens - June 2015.pdf

We received this placement as a result of plant samples that were sent to the garden editor in previous years. She had success with Costa’s mandevilla vines and featured them in her Garden Know-How column.

Hard-to-Kill Houseplants

January 2014

For this placement, we pitched a story on hard to kill houseplants from Costa Farms. We already had a relationship with this writer, so she was very receptive to the idea. We provided images and set-up an interview with Costa’s garden expert.

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Celebrate Teacher Appreciation Day with Beautiful Plants from Costa Farms

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Teachers work tirelessly to make sure that their students are inspired by new ideas every day. A teacher’s impact extends far beyond the classroom and often across lifetimes. These educators support their students and inspire them through their everyday work.

Say thanks by gifting a beautiful houseplant from Costa Farms in celebration of Teacher Appreciation Day on Tuesday, May 3. Live houseplants are a wonderful addition to any classroom or office — they’re decorative, boost well-being and purify indoor air.

“Every day, teachers challenge students to learn, to explore and to grow,” says Justin Hancock, garden expert with Costa Farms. “Give back and reward the teachers in your life with a houseplant — the gift that keeps on growing — to show gratitude. Add a special touch by having children include a personal note thanking their teacher for all that they do for them.”

Teachers will appreciate easy-to-care-for plants that are perfect for classrooms. With just a little water, light and nutrients, houseplants will grow larger and lusher every year.

Perfect Plants to Celebrate Teachers:

Orchids

Orchids are elegant and sophisticated. Their showy blooms, which can last for months, will impress both teachers and students. Choose from blooms in a wide range of colors, including pinks and purples, whites, gold, and more. Orchids are remarkably easy to care for, too. They thrive in the same conditions as most other houseplants.

Colorful Aglaonema

Colorful Aglaonema offers eye-catching leaves that are streaked with shades of bright red, pink or other colors. Perfect for classrooms, Colorful Aglaonema is one of the easiest of all houseplants to grow -- and generations of students can enjoy its beauty. Colorful aglaonema tolerates inconsistent watering and low light.

Desert Gems

Desert Gems are the most colorful plants around! These easy-care cacti are perfect for decorating a favorite teacher’s desk. They add a ray of sunshine all year long. And because Desert Gems come in a range of colors, students can gift their teachers with school colors, the teacher’s favorite color, etc.

Anthurium

Like orchids, anthuriums are elegant, easy-care plants with cheery blooms that last a long time. Anthuriums are also efficient air purifiers, so a colorful Anthurium will bring a smile to the teacher’s face and a breath of fresh air to the classroom.

About Costa Farms

Costa Farms is the largest producer of ornamental plants in the world. Founded in 1961 by Jose Costa, Costa Farms is a third-generation, family-owned business that globally stretches over 3,500 acres and employs 4,000 people. Along with thriving indoor and bedding plant divisions, Costa Farms operates merchandising and young-plant production divisions as part of its infrastructure, with operations domestically in South Florida and North and South Carolina, and abroad in the Dominican Republic and Far East.

Costa Farms Shares Tips for Instant Container Style

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

A beautiful container overflowing with colorful plants is perfect decor for porches, patios, and balconies. Coordinating plants for containers has never been easier with instant advice from the experts at Costa Farms.

The new “Grow Gorgeous Container Gardens” ebook from Costa Farms covers all of the basics. It helps gardeners and outdoor decorators learn how to choose, plant and care for potted gardens for every season.

“Our new ebook is filled with rich visuals and expert advice to help gardeners create custom containers that fit their lifestyle and needs,” says Justin Hancock, garden expert at Costa Farms. “Finding the right plants to add instant color and lush foliage is easy with this guide.”      

The options for stunning container gardens are endless. Whether grown in sun or shade, the right combination of plants will provide months of blooms and color.

“One of the best things about containers is that you can move them anywhere,” Hancock says. “Their portability makes them perfect for enlivening front yards and for easily transitioning to other outdoor spaces around your house.”  

5 Tips From Costa Farms to Make Containers Pop

  1. Choose plants of similar size. Pairings that stay in scale with one another will look better and won’t become overgrown. Plants that like the same moisture and sun levels will thrive together and can be enjoyed all season.
  2. Choose a color scheme. Planting complementing colors makes the biggest impact. Choose plants that have interesting or colorful foliage to keep containers looking good if blooms fade.
  3. Add some character with colorful pots. An interesting planter is an easy way to show off your container garden.
  4. Create a focal point using a series of accessories. Place three containers of varying heights near an entryway to welcome your guests. Use at least one plant that can be repeated in at least two of the containers to unify the look.
  5. Create a tropical paradise. Choose bright, bold colors to add energy and excitement to outdoor spaces. Costa Farms’ Tropic Escape hibiscus features over-sized flowers in more than a dozen vibrant colors. The easy-care hibiscus bloom twice as long as old-fashioned hibiscus and can take the heat through the hottest summer months.

For more tips on growing and designing beautiful container gardens, download the new container gardening ebook from Costa Farms.

Costa Farms, USA, wins AIPH International Grower of the Year 2016

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Costa Farms, USA, has been awarded the accolade of the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) International Grower of the Year 2016.

Celebrating the world’s best ornamentals growers, the AIPH International Grower of the Year Awards 2016 - Gala Dinner took place on 28 January 2016, during IPM Essen, Germany.

Costa Farms was presented with the coveted Gold Rose, awarding them the global status of AIPH International Grower of the Year.]

Costa Farms is one of North America’s largest growers of ornamental plants regularly bringing new products to retailers on an international scale. It grows a wide range of plants, including houseplants, orchids, indoor and outdoor cacti and succulents, tropical shrubs, annual bedding plants, and perennial bedding plants.

Ornamental growers from Canada, China, Germany, Netherlands, Turkey, UK and USA were all finalists receiving the following awards:

Finished plants and trees
Gold - Costa Farms, USA
Silver - Majestic Trees, UK
Bronze - Dashun International Flower, China
Bronze - Dutchmaster Nurseries, Canada

Cut flowers
Gold - Arcadia Chrysanten, Netherlands
Silver - Flash Tarim Urunleri (Flash Flowers), Turkey

Young plants
Gold - Florensis, Germany/Netherlands
Silver - Kunming Hongzhihua Gardening, China
Bronze - Shanghai Yuanyi Seedling, China

AIPH President, Bernard Oosterom, said: “Tonight has been a wonderful celebration of the best of our industry. I would like to offer my congratulations to Costa Farms and all the winners of these awards.”

For more information visit www.aiph.org/groweroftheyear

Costa Farms Shares Tips for Making Small Spaces Homier for Renters

Monday, October 26, 2015

Living in a small space can feel cold and dull without the right accents and coming up with the right design idea can be tough. There’s one simple solution to instantly brighten any apartment or small living space — add a beautiful houseplant.

Red Aglaonemas, snake plants and orchids are easy-to-care for houseplants that add a splash color to any room and are hard to kill. From a classic green variety to an indoor plant that’s super exotic, it’s simple to find the perfect plant by using the Plant Finder from Costa Farms.

Houseplants are more than just a room accent. Today’s energy-efficient homes and buildings trap harmful airborne toxins known as volatile organic compounds (VOCs) inside. Air-purifying houseplants naturally filter these VOCs, making the air cleaner to breathe.

Houseplants also add a touch of nature and numerous benefits to any space, according to Justin Hancock, plant expert at Costa Farms. For example, houseplants help reduce stress and lower blood pressure, transforming an apartment into a personal sanctuary.

Most houseplants are relatively long-lived, making them long-term companions. With regular care, houseplants will grow and thrive.

“Caring for a houseplant is a cinch,” says Hancock. “All they need are water – but not too much – a splash of fertilizer in spring and summer and an occasional repotting. They’re even easier to care for than a pet.”

Hancock recommends these four simple tips to keep houseplants growing and fresh air flowing:

  1. Find the right spot. Check the plant tag for information about how much light the plant needs. Houseplants let you know the spot is right by showing healthy leaves. If there’s enough light for you to read by, there’s probably enough for a low-light houseplant. Avoid placing plants near heat or air conditioning ducts or between the curtains and a chilly window.
  2. Don’t overwater. Plants only need a refreshing drink of water every now and then. If the soil is dry about an inch below the surface, add water. If the plant does not seem dry, check it again in a few days. But don’t overwater: It’s the number one reason houseplants die.
  3. Keep roots dry. Place containers in a tray or saucer to collect excess water and stop spills — but never allow plants to sit in water.
  4. Make sure the temperature just right. Houseplants are happiest in the same temperatures most people are -- between 70 and 80ºF during the day and 10-15 degrees cooler at night.

Find out which houseplants are right for your home at CostaFarms.com, where there are more tips and tricks. Visit Costa Farms’ Youtube channel for decorating and easy plant tips, as well.

About Costa Farms: Costa Farms is one of the nation’s largest growers of ornamental plants. Founded in 1961 by Jose Costa, Costa Farms is a third-generation, family-owned business that globally stretches over 3,500 acres and employs 4,000 people. Along with thriving indoor and bedding plant divisions, Costa Farms operates merchandising and young-plant production divisions as part of its infrastructure, with operations domestically in South Florida and North and South Carolina, and abroad in the Dominican Republic and Far East.

Chrysanthemums from Costa Farms Add Fall Style

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Get instant impact by adding a generous helping of blooming chrysanthemums to your fall garden. These hardy colorful perennials are available now at garden centers everywhere. Shop for favorite colors and drop these blooming beauties into your garden beds, containers or window boxes.
 
Selecting Mums

Chrysanthemums come in two basic types: florist and garden. Florist mums are in gift shops and grocery stores. They make excellent gifts, but are basically indoor plants and won’t overwinter in your garden. Garden mums, on the other hand, are perennials that have been developed to come back year after year in your garden, even in cold climates. As a general rule, garden mums are sold on racks outside the garden center and florist mums are displayed with houseplants indoors.

When shopping for chrysanthemums, look for plants with fresh, firm green leaves and a crown of flower buds just about to open. Don’t buy wilted plants or those where most of the flowers are already open (they won’t last as long). To plant, simply slip them out of their pots and drop them into containers or beds -- wherever a quick dash of color is needed.

Colors and Partners

Garden mums come in a variety of gorgeous colors including orange, red, purple, white, cream, yellow, and pink; choose a shade that complements your home or landscape. Mums go on sale in garden centers in autumn, the perfect time to color coordinate with holiday décor -- choose blooming mums in Halloween and Thanksgiving colors (think orange, rust, and yellow). Colorful gourds, pumpkins, and Indian corn are great accents for mums, too.

There are a selection of flower forms: single, double, and exotic flowers with spoon-shaped-petals. No matter where they're planted, chrysanthemums look terrific by themselves or when paired with other fall bloomers such as pansies, asters, and ornamental grasses.

Chrysanthemum Care

Caring for chrysanthemums is easy. They require a sunny location and slightly moist, well-drained soil. And, because they are relatively frost resistant, they keep blooming even after temperatures get chilly. Most mums will bloom for two to three weeks (keep them well watered). After the flowers fade, clip them off, but leave the foliage intact. If you are growing mums in containers, this is the time to transplant them into your garden if you want to save them for another year. In the North, mulching with a few inches of shredded leaves or straw improves their winter survival. In the spring you’ll see new growth sprouting at the base of the plant. At that time, you can remove the old foliage.

Doug Jimerson is a contributing editor for CostaFarms.com. He has been gardening since he was a little sprout, when he helped his grandparents grow roses and iris in their New Jersey backyard. After college he spent 30 years at Better Homes and Gardens magazine overseeing print and digital garden editorial as well as the test gardens. He has gardened in hot climates (Florida), cold climates (Iowa) and in between (New Jersey). He is the editor of more than 25 books on gardening.

Costa Farms is the largest producer of indoor houseplants in the world. Founded in 1961 by Jose Costa, Costa Farms is a third generation, family owned business that globally stretches over 3,800 acres and employs 2,800 people. Along with thriving indoor, bedding and perennial plant divisions, Costa Farms operations are located in Florida, North Carolina and South Carolina, and abroad in the Dominican Republic, and Far East.

Costa Farms Shares Tips for Decorating with Stylish Indoor Plants This Holiday Season

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Add a fresh touch to this year’s holiday festivities with indoor plants from Costa Farms. Adding houseplants is an easy and affordable way to bring long-lasting style and cheer to any space.

Holiday plants are more than just festive decorations. These “green heroes” also provide oxygen, clean the air and keep on giving all year long.

“Holiday plants make a room come alive,” says Justin Hancock, garden expert at Costa Farms. “They brighten your home, enliven a mantle and bring a sense of freshness with an impact.”

Norfolk Island Pine
“Known to many as a miniature Christmas tree, the Norfolk Island Pine is a perfect gift or decoration for any room in the house,” says Hancock.

Norfolk Island Pine ranges from 14 to 44 inches tall and comes natural or fully decorated. String lights and add ornaments for a personal touch. Remove decorations after the holidays for an easy-care houseplant that will thrive all year.

Christmas Cactus
A Christmas cactus is a great tradition handed down through generations. This tropical plant is easy-to-grow and comes in shades of pink, red, yellow, orange and white. Put it in a medium-bright spot, give plenty of humidity and consistent moisture and it will continue to bring joy long after the holiday season.

“A Christmas cactus looks great during the holidays and is beautiful blooming machine,” adds Hancock. “With just minimal attention, it will bloom profusely every year around the holidays for years to come.”

Orchid
A Beautiful MothOrchid is so easy-to-grow, making it the gift people love to receive. Brilliant flowers last for months in rich shades of pink, purple, yellow, orange and white.

Moth orchid instantly changes the atmosphere of any room. The color and shape of plant grabs attention as a focal point or be an understated accent.

Enjoy months of blooms after the holidays with little effort. Put in a bright spot but not in direct light. Indoors, moth orchid loves east- or west-facing windows. Water about once a week and let the pot drain well.

Joy Globe
Put a plant on your Christmas tree! Joy globe is a gorgeous holiday ornament that holds a living air plant inside. It’s a fun, chic way to incorporate plants into holiday décor.

“Joy Globes add a whimsical touch to any space. They’re especially fun because you can hang them in places where you can’t grow other types of plants,” adds Hancock.

Poinsettia
The most popular holiday plant is Poinsettia. It packs a big punch with a great big pop of color, ranging from vivid red, to pink and pure white and even striped like a candy cane. This joyful plant is the perfect gift for a bright location and out of the way of cold drafts.

Red Aglaonema
One of the easiest of all houseplants to grow, Red Aglaonema is an especially stylish choice for the holidays thanks to its red-edged leaves. Use it as a long-lived accent to poinsettias, Christmas cactus and other holiday favorites.

After the holidays, red Aglaonema retains its good looks to add drama and interest to interior décor in homes and offices all year long.

For more information on these holiday plants or to find a retailer near you, visit http://www.costafarms.com.

About Costa Farms: Costa Farms is one of the nation’s largest growers of ornamental plants. Founded in 1961 by Jose Costa, Costa Farms is a third-generation, family-owned business that globally stretches over 3,500 acres and employs 4,000 people. Along with thriving indoor and bedding plant divisions, Costa Farms operates merchandising and young-plant production divisions as part of its infrastructure, with operations domestically in South Florida and North and South Carolina, and abroad in the Dominican Republic and Far East.

Bring the Outdoors In for Earth Day with Beautiful Houseplants from Costa Farms

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Go green this Earth Day by appreciating everything nature has to offer. And don’t forget to bring the outdoors in. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates Americans spend 90 percent of their time inside, where air quality can be two to five times more polluted than outdoor air.

Celebrate Earth Day by incorporating houseplants into homes and offices to keep the fresh air coming all year. Houseplants may be thought of as decorative accents, but these oxygen machines filter out nasty chemicals found in many carpets, tobacco and paint.

Over the last 20 years, NASA research has proven that houseplants remove Volatile Organic Compound (VOCS) from indoor air. And since 2008, Costa Farms has promoted the many health benefits of houseplants through its “O2 for You: Houseplants with a Purpose” campaign.

“We should be as concerned about our indoor spaces as we are our outdoor spaces,” says Justin Hancock, garden expert from Costa Farms. “Houseplants scrub common air pollutants commonly found inside our homes, apartments and offices.”

The power of houseplants doesn’t stop there: New research conducted by the University of Exeter proves houseplants aid in concentration, increase productivity and boost well-being by 47 percent over areas without houseplants.

Reap the full power of plants this Earth Day by adding houseplants to indoor spaces where you work and live.

The 5 best plants to scrub the air, de-stress areas and keep homes and office spaces beautiful are:

1. Peace Lily
Peace lilies are common, easy-to-care-for houseplants. With broad, green leaves and charming, white calla-like flowers, peace lily has topped NASA’s list for removing three of the most common VOCS.

2. Orchids
Orchids offer classic, timeless beauty, and are easy to grow. In fact, Costa Farms’ Orchids show off gorgeous blooms for weeks, or even months. Plus, these night breathers make them the perfect plant to refresh and beautify the bedroom for a restful night’s sleep.

3. Anthurium
Anthuriums bear heart-shaped red flowers and leaves, complemented with standing-at-attention yellow centers, like little exclamation points. The blooms last for weeks. Also known as the flamingo flower, this colorful houseplants’ dark leaves also suck up a multitude of common VOCS.

4. Ferns
Ferns’ lacy, exuberant leaves catch attention in any space — and best of all, ferns are some of the easiest houseplants to care for. They add instant texture and color to any room, and their leaves also rid the air of common indoor pollutants such as toulene and xylene, found in many paints, nail polishes and glues.

5. ZZ Plant
ZZ plant, also part of Costa Farms’ Plants of Steel collection, excels in nearly any location, even dark corners of offices and homes. Its shiny, dark-green leaves also clean the air of common air pollutants to keep indoor air clean as can be.

Get Kids Involved
Through the month of April, kids and families can make every day an Earth Day. Look for Costa Farms’ ‘O2 for You’ Plant Party houseplants in kid-friendly containers that come with Let’s Have a Party sticker books. They’re ready for kids of all ages to personalize. Choose from more than 10 varieties of Plant Party houseplants, available at your nearest home improvement centers and mass merchandisers. From snake plants to ferns, these little green heroes bring a little green into your home all year.

Look for all of these environmentally-friendly plants at the ‘O2 For You’ display at your local home improvement store.

Learn more about how houseplants clean air here: http://www.costafarms.com.

Costa Farms is the largest producer of indoor houseplants in the world. Founded in 1961 by Jose Costa, Costa Farms is a third-generation, family-owned business that globally stretches over 3,800 acres and employs 2,800 people. Along with thriving indoor, bedding and perennial plant divisions, Costa Farms operations are located in Florida, North Carolina and South Carolina, and abroad in the Dominican Republic, and Far East. Learn more about Costa Farms at http://www.costafarms.com.

New Desert Escape Plant Collection from Costa Farms Creates Bold, Modern Eco-friendly Designs

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Drought-tolerant plants are having a design moment. Bring this trend to life this spring via the unique colors and dramatic textures with the new Desert Escape Collection from Costa Farms.

Created for today’s eco-conscious gardener, these no-fuss cacti and succulents make a bold statement in any space with unique colors, architectural shapes and sublime textures.

These plants are tough-as-nails and thrive with little to no care. With many areas of the country facing drought, it’s important to be water conscious when it comes to the garden. These plants store water for when they need it, making them extremely drought-tolerant.

“Succulents are perfect for the forgetful gardener and really pack a lot of punch with the different textures and colors they provide,” says Nick McCullough, APLD landscape designer and author. “I love using desert rose, echeveria and agave in planters and landscapes.”

The Desert Escape Collection features low-maintenance, high-impact cacti and succulents, including flashy desert rose with striking red, pink or white flowers; low-growing echeverias and aloes; and upright cacti, for a look that is simply beautiful.

Costa Farms has categorized the plants as border, accent, and statement plants, to give your yard an exceptional, unique look. McCullough recommends mixing different textures and colors of cacti and succulents to personalize your garden beds, borders, and containers. Display Desert Escape plants in brightly colored containers to create a focal point on porches or decks.

In container gardens, cacti and succulents create a dramatic look that survives summer heat with minimal watering. “I love using combinations in a low bowl around a pool or patio area that gets ton of sun and has limited water access,” McCullough says.

Look for The Desert Escape collection at home improvement centers and mass merchandisers in the US and Canada. For more information, check out the Desert Escape Collection at CostaFarms.com.
 
About Costa Farms
Costa Farms is the largest producer of ornamental plants in the world. Founded in 1961 by Jose Costa, Costa Farms is a third-generation, family-owned business that globally stretches over 3,500 acres and employs 4,000 people. Along with thriving indoor and bedding plant divisions, Costa Farms operates merchandising and young-plant production divisions as part of its infrastructure, with operations domestically in South Florida and North and South Carolina, and abroad in the Dominican Republic and Far East.