Costa Farms Unveils Greenteriors Collection: Plants for Biophilic Design

Costa Farms Unveils Greenteriors Collection: Plants for Biophilic Design

Wednesday, March 6, 2024

Costa Farms, North America’s largest houseplant grower, has selected eight plants that use biophilic design principles to enhance home interiors. This new Greenteriors collection merges natural, aesthetic beauty with wellness, bringing the transformative power of plants into the heart of every home.

Interest in houseplants continues to soar with interior designers and end consumers, in part because of their natural power to help reduce stress, improve our moods, and enhance the quality of our air. Numerous scientific studies have proven that simply being around indoor plants is associated with a calming effect, positive emotions, and enhanced cognitive performance.

Biophilic design is a scientifically backed approach to interior design that builds on a connection to nature. As proof of its power, a 2020 Harvard study revealed that people in a room with plants showed better physical and mental recovery after completing stressful tasks than those without plants.

A study by Texas A&M University found that keeping potted plants around a workspace substantially improved workers’ creative performance and problem-solving. Another study from the University of Michigan revealed that memory and attention span increased with exposure to nature, such as live plants.

“We’re seeing more and more people flock to houseplants,” said Justin Hancock, horticulturist at Costa Farms, “Because we’re prioritizing health, wellness, and a connection to nature in our homes.”

Costa Farms aims to help consumers and designers improve their spaces—and well-being—by suggesting different plants that cater to different environmental conditions and design aesthetics. “There’s an ideal plant for just about every person and every space,” said Hancock.

Plants in the Greenterior collection include:

  1. Baltic Blue Pothos: An easy-to-grow climbing or trailing plant that features dark, blue-green leaves decorated with chic cut edges
  2. Global Green Pothos: A no-fuss climbing or trailing plant with dark green heart-shaped leaves trendily marked with lighter green
  3. Mini Monstera: An easy-care climbing plant with trendy splits from the edges to the center
  4. Monstera Little Swiss: A quick-growing climbing or trailing plant whose leaves feature playful window-like holes, creating interplay of light and shadow
  5. Pink Princess Philodendron: A super-trendy plant that features dark green leaves and soft- to hot-pink streaks and splashes
  6. Polka Dot Begonia: An upright houseplant whose dark green leaves are rusty red beneath and bear silver polka dots on top of the leaf surface
  7. Raven® ZZ Plant: One of the easiest plants to grow and features goth-like purple-black leaves
  8. Silver Dragon Alocasia: A small desk or tabletop plant with heart-shaped two-tone silver leaves

Hancock offers the following tips to help evaluate whether your environmental conditions meet a plant’s needs:

  • Light: “Almost every houseplant wants as much light as it can get inside,” said Hancock. “Some tolerate lower-lighting conditions than others and it’s usually noted on a plant tag.” You can put a plant that tolerates low light in a bright spot, but don’t put a plant that needs bright light in a low-light spot.
  • Water: “If you’re not sure when or how much to water, look for plants offered in a self-watering system, like the Wick & Grow system,” said Hancock. Most plants survive being too dry for extended periods better than being too wet, so if in doubt, it’s better to under- rather than overwater.
  • Temperature: “Every plant in the Greenteriors collection likes average household temperatures (65-80F),” said Hancock, so you shouldn’t need to worry about temperature.

"Selecting the right plants for wellness is as important as selecting for your interior styles and conditions," explains Hancock. "Knowing your light conditions and putting the right plant in the right spot will make your life experience a whole lot easier."

For more information about Costa Farms or to request photos and interviews, please contact Katie Dubow at the Garden Media Group (610-444-3040) at katie@gardenmediagroup.com.

Costa Farms is a leading plant brand and one of the largest wholesale growers in the world. The company grows on more than 5,200 acres and has a team of over 6,000 people. Costa Farms grows more than 1,200 varieties of plants—including houseplants, tropicals, annuals, and perennials—on its farms in Florida, North and South Carolina, Virginia, and the Dominican Republic. Founded in 1961, it's a fourth-generation family-run farm with the belief that All Thumbs Are Green.

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