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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.

33 Very Best Low Light Houseplants

February 2019 PDF icon Country Gardens - Early Spring.pdf

Costa Farms’ Garden Guru, Justin Hancock, was quoted in a Country Gardens feature on low-light houseplants.

Planting Health and Happiness

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Justin Hancock of Costa Farms provides tips for caring for houseplants with kids in Parents magazine.

Front Door Décor Makeover

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HGTV magazine highlighted a few of Costa Farms' houseplants in their featured front door décor makeover story.

Costa Farms News

Costa Farms Turns Brown Thumbs Green with Plants of Steel Collection

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Living plants transform any home or office into a welcoming space alive with natural beauty. For those who consider their thumbs brown, there’s good news: It doesn’t take superhuman strength to keep all indoor greenery alive.

The Plants of Steel collection from Costa Farms offers homeowners, apartment dwellers and office workers a selection of low-maintenance plants ideal for practically any indoor conditions. This collection boasts five plants that thrive in the low-light and dry-air conditions that leave other plants struggling.

“Here at Costa Farms we know that not everyone has the time to care for houseplants,” says Justin Hancock, Costa Farms’ garden expert. “There’s a perfect plant out there for everyone. We made the Plants of Steel collection to include houseplants perfect for first-time plant owners or folks who are away frequently.”

Superheroes on the Windowsill

Houseplants aren’t just for decoration. They improve indoor air quality one room at a time. Research shows that houseplants filter indoor air, removing up to 87 percent of common indoor pollutants. As part of their breathing processes, these plants also pump oxygen and moisture into the air. Caring for indoor plants can be simple and easy, especially for the ultra-tough Plants of Steel.

Plants of Steel

The five members of the Plants of Steel collection include:
Chinese Evergreen (AKA Aglaonema). This popular houseplant features striking striped leaves. “Chinese evergreen can be left alone for long periods and will be just fine,” notes Hancock. “I like to grow them into groups of three to give a room a tropical rainforest feel.”

Ponytail Palm. “This plant needs minimum attention and can basically be forgotten about,” Hancock says, noting that it toughly suffers through occasional dryness. “It’s an extremely slow-growing plant, and a memorable one,” he adds.

Snake Plant (AKA Sansevieria or Mother-in-Law’s Tongue).Snake plant is extremely low-maintenance. Warm or somewhat cool, a little sun or not, water or no water, it continues to grow without fuss or complaint. This is the go-to plant for frequent travelers and inattentive plant owners.

ZZ Plant (AKA Zamioculcas zamiifolia). ZZ plant excels in low-light conditions, such as malls and dark corners of offices and homes. “This is such a workhorse of a houseplant,” says Hancock. “It can deal with whatever we throw at it, plus it has lovely shiny leaves and a really cool habit.”

Sago Palm. Dreaming of a vacation, but stuck home or at the office? Sago palm is the desktop version of the beachside palm tree. It’s as tolerant of low light and dry conditions just as the other Plants of Steel, and can be a cool gift as well. “It’s a good plant to have fun with,” says Hancock. “Give it to a colleague as a ‘welcome back from vacation’ gift or dress it with ornaments and such for the holidays.”

The Plants of Steel collection from Costa Farms is available at home improvement stores nationwide. For more information on choosing and caring for houseplants, visit http://www.CostaFarms.com.

About Costa Farms
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.

Millennials Can Improve Their Health With Exotic Angel Plants From Costa Farms

Friday, September 28, 2018

From work to home, technology is ever-present. The constant blue glow of screens seemingly never turns off. Wellness-minded Millennials, especially, look to reconnect with nature — both ornamentally and emotionally — with houseplants.

Seeking a calmer and more purpose-driven lifestyle, Millennials are adding houseplants to their décor and to enrich their lives. Houseplants give them a sense of purpose, aiding in their desire to nurture. With so many Exotic Angel Plants to choose from, there is no shortage of options for stylish plants to add to an indoor oasis.

A recent YouGov study found that on average people spend nearly 22 hours a day indoors. With people spending more time indoors than ever before, they are experiencing negative effects on their mood, sleep, performance and even respiratory systems.

“Millennials are looking for plants that look great, and also make them feel good,” says Costa Farms’ garden expert, Justin Hancock. “Our curated collection of diverse houseplants from around the globe enhances people’s surroundings, as well as their well-being.”

Top Three Plants Millennials Love

1. Pothos
Pothos is ideal for houseplant beginners. It grows best in medium to high light, but also tolerates low light. Hang it in a basket, let it climb or place it on a window sill. Choose from tried-and-true varieties such as golden pothos or go with something new like ‘Manjula’ pothos for stylish plants with gorgeous variegation.

2. Ivy
Easy-to-grow ivy adds a touch of greenery and tranquility to indoor spaces. It grows in low light and tolerates inconsistent watering. Place in hanging baskets, allowing it to climb, or let the vines drape elegantly over a container on a side table. Costa Farms produces an impressive 60 varieties of ivy, including ‘Lauren’s Lace’, which has ruffled leaves that are playfully accented with golden-yellow edges.

3. Fittonia
Also known as nerve plant, Fittonia adds a pop of color with leaves that have bright pink, white or red veins. Its petite size allows for it to be placed almost anywhere. Fittonia prefers medium to low light, but tolerates direct sun if the light is filtered through a sheer curtain. All 15 varieties of Fittonia bring vibrant color and peace to homes.

To view more information about Exotic Angel houseplants, visit CostaFarms.com.

About Costa Farms
Costa Farms is the largest producer of ornamental plants in the world. The company stretches over 4,500 acres and employs 5,000 people. Along with thriving indoor and bedding plant divisions, Costa Farms operates retail merchandising and young-plant production divisions as part of its infrastructure, with operations domestically in Florida and North and South Carolina, and abroad in the Dominican Republic and Far East.

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Costa Farms’ Zamioculcas ‘Raven’ Chosen Best New Plant at TPIE 2018

Thursday, January 25, 2018

With unique texture and striking color, Zamioculcas ‘Raven’, an interesting new black-foliage variety of the hardy ZZ plant, was chosen as Best New Plant at the 2018 Tropical Plant Industry Exhibition (TPIE) in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Grown by Costa Farms of Miami, Florida, Raven ZZ plant is expected to appear in retail stores in late 2018 or early 2019. “A plant like this is ideal for creating excitement with consumers as they decorate their home and office with this new and exotic tropical beauty,” says Justin Hancock, horticulturist at Costa Farms. “Raven is a perfect variety for beginners or anyone looking for a stylish, low-maintenance indoor plant.”

An easy-to-grow houseplant that thrives in just about any indoor setting, Raven ZZ plant features rich purple-black leaves that emerge as a rich green color before they mature. It tolerates inconsistent watering; low, medium, or bright light spots; and holds up well in low humidity.

Raven ZZ plant is slow-growing and can eventually reach about 30 inches (76 centimeters) tall and wide over time. It grows equally well in natural or artificial light, and unlike many plants with purple foliage, it doesn’t require strong light intensity to develop its rich coloration.

“Plants that have colorful foliage are particularly trendy, and we expect to see a lot of interest in ‘Raven’ because of its good looks and easy care requirements,” Hancock says.

Costa Farms has exclusive rights to grow Raven ZZ plant in North America and will distribute it to retailers across the US and Canada.

About Costa Farms

Costa Farms is the largest producer of ornamental plants in the world. The company stretches over 4,500 acres and employs 5,000 people. Along with thriving indoor and bedding plant divisions, Costa Farms operates retail merchandising and young-plant production divisions as part of its infrastructure, with operations domestically in Florida and North and South Carolina, and abroad in the Dominican Republic and Far East.

Costa Farms Shares Five Tips to Celebrate Houseplant Appreciation Day

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Celebrate Houseplant Appreciation Day with Costa Farms on January 10th by recognizing all of the amazing benefits houseplants provide. They’re decorative, boost well-being and purify indoor air. 

“Now that the holidays are over, it’s time to show your houseplants a little TLC,” says Justin Hancock, garden expert at Costa Farms. “Thank a plant today for bringing beauty into your home and office, making you feel good and naturally cleansing the very air you breathe inside.”

Here are 5 simple tips to celebrate the day:

1. Recognize Green Heroes

Many houseplants clean the air every minute of the day. They absorb up to 87 percent of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that hide in ordinary household products such as paints, carpets and ink. Studies from the US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) have found that levels of indoor air pollution can be two to five times higher — and in some cases 10 times more polluted than outdoor air. Some of the best houseplants to absorb indoor toxins include peace lilies, orchids and ferns.

2. Decorate Your Home or Office

A houseplant instantly transforms any room. Care for the same plants every month or mix it up for special occasions such as anthuriums for Valentine’s Day, orchids for Mother’s Day or Devil’s Backbone for Halloween. Change up your pots to match the season or holiday.

Houseplants give new life to a room when placed in colorful pots and made into a focal point. Make an impact by topping a table with a vintage tablecloth and houseplant. The bright green leaves of an indoor plant make a gorgeous complement to white walls or boring offices. Plants can also add height and texture.

3. Connect with nature

Bridge the gap between indoors and outdoors with a houseplant. According to the EPA, most people spend 90 percent of their time indoors; a houseplant is the perfect way to be reminded of the beauty the world has to offer.

4. Find the right houseplant

Some houseplants, like those from Costa Farms’ Plants of Steel collection, are very easy to care for. Just add water, light and nutrients from time to time to show these houseplants some love. Check the plant tag for information about how much light a plant needs. A houseplant lets you know the spot is right by maintaining healthy leaves.

5. Start a Water Schedule

If you don’t have a schedule for watering houseplants, today’s the day to start one! If the soil is dry about an inch below the surface, add water. If the plant does not seem too dry, check it again in a few days. Be sure not to overwater: It’s the number one reason houseplants die.

To find the best houseplant for your home or office and how to care for it, visit www.costafarms.com.

Celebrate the Holidays with Festive Houseplants from Costa Farms

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

It’s easy to freshen holiday décor with houseplants from Costa Farms. They’re cheerful on their own, and it’s quick -- and simple -- to bring them up a notch by swapping out their planters for something more seasonal, such as a candy dish, tin or box decked out in festive wrapping paper.

Attractive houseplants are “green heroes” that provide oxygen, clean the air and keep the giving season going all year long with proper care.

“Holiday plants breathe life into a room,” says Justin Hancock, garden expert at Costa Farms. “They refresh homes and bring the outdoors in. Make it a holiday tradition to incorporate live plants and add on to your collection every year.”

Imbue living rooms, bedrooms and offices with an extra festive feel this year by adding one of these top holiday houseplants. It’s an easy and affordable way to bring long-lasting style and cheer to any space.

Norfolk Island Pine

This mini holiday tree makes a perfect gift and brightens the décor in any room. Norfolk Island Pine ranges from 14 to 44 inches tall and comes naturally or fully decorated. Add string lights and ornaments for a personal touch. This tropical tree is an easy-care houseplant that thrives all year, with or without holiday décor.

Christmas Cactus

Stunning, colorful Christmas cactus gets its name from its blooming period that coincides with the holidays. This easy-to-grow indoor plant 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 continues to bring joy long after the holiday season. With minimal attention, it blooms for the holidays every year.

Joy Globes

These fun ornaments add extra sparkle to trees and holiday decorations. Joy globes hold a trendy living air plant inside that can be enjoyed after the holidays. Hang them in places that need more plant life.

Rex Begonia

A smaller houseplant perfect for apartments and other spaces, rex begonia brings a colorful touch to desks and tabletops. Find it in seasonal red and green shades and incorporate it with other décor, such as sleighs and reindeer figurines. And be sure to use Exotic Angel® Plants rex begonia as a delightful living centerpiece or accent on your holiday buffet table.

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 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 4,500 acres and employs 5,000 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 Choosing Foliage Plants

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

 Earlier this year, The Pantone Color Institute named “greenery” the 2017 Color of the Year. Lush, beautiful green foliage can be found just about everywhere.

“The vibrant green hue of plant leaves inspires people to reconnect with nature,” says Justin Hancock, garden expert from Costa Farms “Renters and homeowners alike enjoy houseplants for their high-impact look that easily transforms any room.”

Plus, an increase in health and wellness awareness has led 52 percent of homeowners to use houseplants to counter indoor air pollution, according to the market research company, Mintel.

“Houseplants look good and work constantly to improve our lives,” says Hancock. “They clean the air, help lower blood pressure, reduce stress and can even increase our ability to concentrate.”

During the beginning of fall add multi-functional, beautifying and air purifying houseplants to bring nature indoors before the winter season. Whether you choose lush ferns or low-water succulents, houseplants fit any lifestyle, mood and taste.

Since its launch in 2008, Costa Farms’ 'O2 for You: Houseplants with a Purpose' campaign has raised awareness of how houseplants scrub the air clean in homes and offices.

It’s easy to identify air purifying plants: Just look for the 'O2 for You' plant tag at local retailers or visit http://www.costafarms.com. Read on for the top suggestions from Costa Farms.

Top five foliage plants to filter indoor air:

1. Ferns – Indoor ferns come in a wide variety of sizes, shapes, and shades of green, making them perfect for accessorizing your home. Textural and elegant, many ferns have a timeless look working with practically every décor style.

2. Dracaena – One of the most common and easiest to grow houseplants, dracaena is the perfect addition to desks and tabletops. As it grows, dracaena shows off tree-like woody stems. Over time, the stately plant can grow 5 to 6 feet tall. It’s ideal for adding a bold splash of texture to your indoor decor.

3. Chinese Evergreen – The striking striped leaves and occasional flowers of Chinese Evergreen make it one of the most attractive plants available for interiors. Plus, it can be neglected for long periods and still be happy. Grow in groups to give rooms a rainforest feel.

4. Bromeliads - These stylish houseplants work especially well with modern decor styles. Bromeliads have colorful, long-lasting blooms and captivating green leaves. Add a pop of color to any room by picking bromeliads in shades of pink, red, orange and yellow.

5. Crotons. The spectacular leaves and colorful foliage on crotons inspire and energize their surroundings. Boldly marked with streaks of bright yellow, orange, red and even black, crotons are truly exotic.

For more information on which plants purify the air, visit http://www.costafarms.com.

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 4,000 acres and employs nearly 5,000 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 and Central Florida, North Carolina and South Carolina, and abroad in the Dominican Republic and Far East.

Study Highlights Reasons to Celebrate Indoor Plant Week with Costa Farms

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Houseplants are the ultimate multitaskers. These essential pieces of home décor improve every space with their beautiful textures, colors and, most importantly, their ability to clean indoor air.

Research from the State University of New York at Oswego (SUNY Oswego) shows how effectively houseplants remove multiple toxins, known as volatile organic compounds (VOCs), that contribute to the buildup of indoor air pollution.

According to Vadoud Niri, Ph.D., leader of the study, “Buildings, whether new or old, can have high levels of VOCs in them, sometimes so high that you can smell them.”

“Inhaling large amounts of VOCs can lead some people to develop sick building syndrome, which reduces productivity and can even cause dizziness, asthma or allergies,” he says. “We must do something about VOCs in indoor air.”

The study found that with the right plant, indoor air becomes cleaner and safer. Common houseplants such as bromeliads, dracaenas, and spider plants efficiently absorb the harmful compounds frequently found in homes and offices, produced by such products as cleaning supplies, paint, furniture glue, and nail polish remover.

To bring attention to the new research and many health benefits of indoor plants, Costa Farms celebrates National Indoor Plant Week the third week of September. Since its launch in 2008, Costa Farms’ 'O2 for You: Houseplants with a Purpose' campaign has raised awareness of how houseplants scrub the air clean in homes and offices.

“Houseplants work constantly to clean our air,” Justin Hancock, garden expert at Costa Farms says. “They can also help lower blood pressure, reduce stress and increase our ability to concentrate, making them invaluable for every home and office.”

It’s easy to identify air purifying plants known to remove VOCs: Just look for the 'O2 for You' plant tag at local retailers or visit www.o2foryou.org. For more information on National Indoor Plant Week visit www.nationalindoorplantweek.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.

 

Costa Farms Recommends Perennials for Summer Butterfly Gardening

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

A perennial garden that returns with vigor every year to welcome butterflies and other pollinators is a gardener’s dream. Designing and creating a low-maintenance garden that’s filled with life and brings joy for years can be easier to add than people think.

“There are so many beautiful flowering perennials that attract pollinators to select from,” says Justin Hancock, garden expert at Costa Farms. “Choose flowers with bright blooms and sweet scents to add sensory appeal to your landscape.”

Even a small garden can make a big impact once it becomes pollinator-friendly. Hancock recommends these five top perennials to add dramatic color and create a haven for butterflies, bees, and other pollinators.

1.  Echinacea ‘Cheyenne Spirit’ and ‘Pow Wow Wildberry’

Coneflower, also called Echinacea, is a favorite of butterflies and a native of North America. Loved for its nectar-rich blooms, coneflower is easy to grow and drought-resistant. Try newer award-winning varieties such as ‘Cheyenne Spirit’ and ‘Pow Wow Wildberry’. These plants generally grow three feet tall and bloom from early summer through fall. They also make excellent cut flowers.

2. Gaura ‘Belleza Dark Pink’

Include Guara ‘Belleza Dark Pink’ in your borders or containers and butterflies will be sure to stop by. This sun-loving plant is drought-tolerant and blooms all summer long. Plus, it’s also deer-resistant. Guara grows two to three feet tall and is hardy in zones 5-9. Note: Guara can be grown as an annual in colder regions.

 3. Gaillardia ‘Arizona Apricot’

Award-winning ‘Arizona Apricot’ gaillardia (also called blanketflower) is another easy-care North American native that blooms nonstop from late spring to fall. Its daisy-like blooms are an ideal landing pad for hungry butterflies and other pollinators. Gaillardia grows 12 inches tall and wide and is hardy in Zones 3-9.

4. Verbena ‘Endurascape Purple’

Verbena ‘Endurascape Purple’ is sure to delight with nonstop blooms from early summer to fall. Clusters of beautiful and bright purple bring butterflies and hummingbirds to yards. It grows 12 inches tall and 24 inches across. Verbena is a sun-worshipper that excels in garden beds, window boxes, or hanging baskets. It’s deer resistant and hardy in zones 7-10.

5. Phlox paniculata

Add height, color and fragrance to your yard with tall wands of Phlox paniculata. This easy-to-care-for perennial blooms midsummer through fall in gorgeous shades of pink, red, purple, blue, or white. Plus, garden phlox is a favorite of butterflies and makes a terrific cut flower. Deer generally avoid garden phlox. This plant grows 18 inches tall and is hardy in zones 3-9.

6. Sedum ‘Autumn Fire’

Another easy-care perennial that can take heat, Sedum is the perfect addition to pollinator gardens. Varieties such as ‘Autumn Fire’ bloom from late summer to fall and have lush succulent foliage all season. Each year, sedums get bigger and better. Sedum is hardy in zones 3-8

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 4,000 acres and employs nearly 5,000 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 and Central Florida, North Carolina and South Carolina, and abroad in the Dominican Republic and Far East.

Houseplants From Costa Farms Fit Every Personality

Monday, February 29, 2016

People are hard-wired to connect with nature and what better way to connect than with a plant that’s a reflection of your personality traits? Every houseplant is different, with characteristics that make it a perfect match for a particular person.

“Don’t underestimate the power of a houseplant to improve your mood,” says Justin Hancock, garden expert at Costa Farms. “They make us smile, clean the air and add beauty to our homes and offices.”

Adding just one plant to a room or office can lower heart rates and blood pressure, and reduce cortisol levels.

Plants, like people, can have such different personalities. Read on to find out which plants are best suited to particular lifestyles.

Fierce
The eye-catching snake plant is the definition of fierce. Tall, spear-like leaves weave their way to the top with a modern look that’s all its own. And there’s no doubt that this plant loves being the center of attention — line up multiple snake plants for a look that has symmetry, texture and color.

Dramatic
Orchids feature showy flowers that stay in bloom for months. Choose an orchid in a show-stopping single color such as white, light pink, fuchsia or yellow to really draw attention. Or, opt for an orchid with expressive splashes and spots for a more vibrant look. Beautiful moth orchids are easy to grow and are the ideal accessory for any décor style.

Creative
There’s no doubt that creative people act and think differently from everyone else. That’s why crotons and creatives are a match made in heaven. Croton’s spectacular leaves and colorful foliage are sure to inspire and energize their surroundings. Boldly marked with streaks of bright yellow, orange, red and even black, crotons are truly exotic.

Free-Spirited
Easy going, but different, red aglaonema is a fitting choice for people who are independent and original. It’s one of the easiest houseplants to grow and one of the most stylish. Bright red or pink variegation makes a fashionable statement against dark green leaves.

For more information on houseplants and how to care for them, visit http://www.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.

Costa Farms Shares Tips on Adding Houseplants for Winter Beauty

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Infuse new life into spaces by decorating with easy-to-care-for houseplants. It’s simple to give rooms, from bedrooms to bathrooms and even kitchens, a small pick-me-up during winter months.

“Give your house a quick style update by incorporating houseplants,” says Justin Hancock, garden expert at Costa Farms. “Just about every room of your home can be home to a beautiful and inexpensive houseplant. The key is picking a plant that likes the room’s environment.” Simply place a plant on a bedside table or design a new centerpiece making fresh greenery the focus.

In addition to adding a pop of color, houseplants such as those from Costa Farms’ O2 For You collection, work hard cleaning the air every minute of the day. They absorb up to 87 percent of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that hide in ordinary household products such as paints, carpets and ink.

The US Environmental Protection Agency ranks indoor air pollution as one of the top threats to public health. Indoor plants have been found to decrease stress, enhance productivity and connect people with the outdoors.

Decorating with houseplants is as simple as picking out the right plants. Read on for Hancock’s top four picks.

Hancock offers these 4 tips to help houseplants thrive over winter:

1. Red Aglaonema - Easy going and boldly colorful, red aglaonema is a fitting choice for people who are independent and original. It’s also one of the easiest houseplants to grow and among the most stylish. Bright red, pink, chartreuse, or white variegation makes a fashionable statement against dark green leaves.

2. Peace Lily – With broad, green leaves and white, calla-like flowers all year long, peace lily is sure to bring a breath of fresh air to any space. This plant is easy to care for and is a top choice for removing common VOCs.

3. Bromeliads - These stylish houseplants work especially well with modern decor styles. Bromeliads have colorful, long-lasting blooms and captivating green leaves. Add a pop of color to any room by picking bromeliads in shades of pink, red, orange and yellow.

4. ZZ plant – Perfect for beginners, ZZ plant excels in nearly any spot — from dark corners to kitchen windows. Also part of Costa Farms’ Plants of Steel collection, this plant can handle low-light and infrequent watering.

To find the best houseplant for your home or office and how to care for it, visit http://www.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.

 

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Decorate Naturally for the Holidays with Houseplants

Friday, December 2, 2016

Houseplants bring a festive touch to any indoor space, and many continue to lend their good looks to your home all year long. Living décor can be especially effective during the holidays when most of our time is spent indoors.

The reasons to grow houseplants are endless. Plants are scientifically documented to remove harmful toxins from indoor air, as well as improve our physical and mental health.

Smaller houseplants, including nerve plant, rex begonia and earth star add a colorful touch to desks and tabletops. And best of all, they come in the seasonal colors of red and green. Incorporate them with other décor such as sleighs and reindeer figurines – they’ll fit right in. And be sure to use them as a delightful centerpiece or accent on your holiday buffet table.

Medium-sized houseplants, such as Red Aglaonema, red Madagascar dragon tree and orchids are stunning displayed on mantles, bureaus, and other areas where you can enjoy them as a living focal point. They’re fabulous on their own, but ideal for a one-of-a-kind display when you group different varieties together.

If you’re more interested in the traditional look, you can’t go wrong with plants like poinsettias, Christmas cactus and Norfolk Island pine. Use these plants in entryways, on shelves in your living room or den, or in well-lit bathrooms to ensure every room of your home hosts the holiday feel. While they’re cheerful on their own, don’t be afraid to bring them up a notch by swapping out their planters for something more seasonally appropriate, such as a candy dish, tin, or box decked out in festive wrapping paper.

Other easy ways to make your houseplants more festive are to sprinkle colorful Christmas ornaments or pinecones over the soil as a pot topper; wrapping larger specimens in Christmas lights; and incorporating them in garland or hanging baskets.

Best of all, these plants fit in with traditional holiday décor because of their colors, but when you put the rest of your seasonal items away, they continue to add beauty to your home without feeling out of place.

 

About the Author

Justin Hancock, Costa Farms garden expert, is passionate about plants! A lover of houseplants, tropicals, annuals, and perennials, Justin has a wealth of experience gardening all the way from Northern Minnesota to Miami, Florida, where he currently gardens now.

 

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Costa Farms Celebrates Back to School with Easy Houseplant Tips

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

It’s back-to-school time -- that means learning new things and brushing up on what you already know. What better subject to get a refresher on than nature? From classrooms to dorm rooms, houseplants bring the beauty of nature indoors and brighten any space.

“Plants are perfect companions for students,” says Justin Hancock, garden expert from Costa Farms. “There are so many ways houseplants add benefit, from air quality to helping improve concentration and memory. Plus, they’re inexpensive to buy and super-easy to maintain.”

Hancock shares his Houseplants 101 lessons for indoor gardening success

Lesson 1. Back to basics with indoor gardening facts

Indoor air pollution can be two to five times higher — and in some cases 10 times — than outdoor air, according to studies from the EPA. Houseplants from Costa Farms’ O2 for You Collection remove harmful toxins from the air.

O2 for You houseplants absorb up to 87 percent of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) released by ordinary household products such as paints, carpets and ink.

Peace lily, dracaena, snake plant, Red Aglaonema and pothos purify indoor air and are great plants for students,” Hancock says. “And, ZZ plant is so tough that it can survive any dorm room or apartment.”

According to NASA, you need at least one houseplant for every 100 square feet to maximize the health benefits. So, as few as two plants would improve the air quality in a 200-square-foot dorm room.

Lesson 2. Keep houseplants healthy in dorms

Houeplants offer a wealth of health benefits – both physical and psychological, making them ideal for dorms. Keep plants growing strong with these easy tips to help them survive from semester to semester.

  1. Green is good. Brown leaf tips or edges mean a houseplant isn’t getting enough moisture. Cluster multiple plants together or place plants on a tray of pebbles and water.
  2. Stick to a schedule. Water plants when soil is dry to the touch, about every seven to 10 days.
  3. Stay comfy and cozy. Houseplants are happiest when temperatures are between 70 and 80ºF during the day and 10 to 15 degrees cooler at night, but thrive in basically the same temperatures you’re comfortable in.

To find out more about which houseplants are right for your living space; check out CostaFarms.com for more tips and tricks. Visit Costa Farms’ Youtube channel for inspiration on decorating and easy plant care.

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.

 

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Costa Farms Shares Ideas and Inspiration for Every Gardener

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Spring is the best time to appreciate beautiful flowers and stunning greenery. And what better way to start than by planting a garden and digging in the dirt?

“Whether indoors or outdoors, brightening a space with plants improves your quality of life,” says Justin Hancock, garden expert at Costa Farms. “Just being around plants reduces stress and helps you to feel relaxed. Simply add a container of colorful flowers to your porch or spruce up a home office with year-round houseplants.”

In addition to making homes and landscapes look attractive, gardening relieves stress, improves health and is associated with mental clarity. Plants really don’t need much, just a little attention along with some sunshine and water.

Start growing with these five easy tips from Hancock.

  1. Try succulents. Plants that thrive with little to no care are perfect for beginner gardeners. The Desert Escape Collection from Costa Farms features low-maintenance, high-impact cacti and succulents. Choose flashy desert rose with striking red, pink or white flowers; low-growing echeverias and aloes; or upright cacti for an easy and beautiful look. These plants store water, making them extremely drought-tolerant.
  2. Get instant impact. Add annual flowers to beds, borders and containers for a look that effortlessly wows. These beauties are simple to grow and come in an almost unlimited selection of colors, shapes and sizes. Warm-weather annuals such as angelonia, vinca, and pentas are great additions that will hold up through the summer.
  3. Improve the air. Houseplants such as those from Costa Farms’ O2 For You collection, including peace lilies, Boston ferns and red aglaonemas, clean the air every minute of the day. Studies from the US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) have found that levels of indoor air pollution can be two to five times higher — and in some cases 10 times — more polluted than outdoor air.  Plants absorb up to 87 percent of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that hide in ordinary household products such as paints, carpets and ink.
  4. Make it easy with perennials. Unlike annuals that need to be planted each year, perennials such as hosta and coneflower live for years and get bigger and better with age. Plant them once, and they’ll bloom for seasons to come. They vary in size, texture, color, blooming season and foliage. Plus, many perennials attract much-needed pollinators like birds, bees and butterflies to the garden.
  5. Add tropical flair. Choose show-stopping hibiscus and mandevillas for outdoor décor. These tropicals are among the easiest to grow and best for adding flair to decks, patios, balconies and other outdoor spaces. Both love hot, sunny spots in containers or in the ground.

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.

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.