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The Best Flowering Plants for the Office

The Best Flowering Plants for the Office

Flowering plants and trees don’t always do well in an office environment because many commercial facilities lack the natural light required to produce healthy blooms. Although many types of green plants do well with limited amounts of light, it is much more difficult to find flowering varieties. Adding plants to your office has many known benefits, most notably the positive psychological effect they have on your staff. Plants also help purify the air and take the edge off the sterile feel that’s common to many facilities. If you would like to add flowering trees or plants to your business, consider the following varieties.

The Peace Lily

Peace lilies are known for their ability to clean the air around them, filtering it of formaldehyde and carbon monoxide, as well as for producing dramatic white blossoms and shiny, dark-green leaves. As long as the soil stays fairly moist, the peace lily can tolerate even the dimmest of office spaces.

Shamrock Plant

One of the hardier blooming plants, the shamrock produces delicate white flowers from green, purple or silver foliage. The shamrock plant’s most notable feature is that it is virtually impossible to kill. If it doesn’t get enough water, it simply goes dormant. If that happens, remove any dead leaves, repot the plant and water it regularly.

Freckle Face or Polka Dot Plant

Although this variety does not truly produce flowers, it does feature brightly-colored pink spots on its leaves. The main advantage to the polka dot plant is that lower amounts of light produce more color on the leaves. In a windowless office, all the foliage may turn bright fuchsia.

Christmas Cactus

This is a great plant for the office environment because spending several hours in darkness each night will keep it blooming. The Christmas cactus comes in pink, white and traditional red varieties and requires little water.

African Violet

Much like the Christmas cactus, African violets do best when they are neglected. These petite plants are highly adaptable and produce flowers that range from pale blue to vivid purple. New varieties are available with pink, white or variegated blossoms.

Bromeliads

Bromeliads are becoming popular for both indoor and outdoor use, thanks to their easy care and low water requirements. These beautiful specimens come in a vast array of sizes and colors, producing blooms that range from yellow to burgundy.

Although each of the plant species listed here is relatively easy to grow, business owners may not care to invest the time, money and effort required to keep indoor plants healthy and blooming. One alternative is to engage the services of an interior landscape company. For a modest monthly fee, these companies will not only stage your office with plants, they will also make weekly visits to water and maintain the plants. This way, you won’t have to worry about killing your plants or spend any time on their upkeep. If a plant becomes distressed or starts to die, the plant service simply removes it and replaces it with a healthy specimen.

Because their technicians are trained in all matters related to plant care, they know exactly how to prune, fertilize and care for the plants they provide. The results are impressive, and your staff will benefit in a variety of ways. Whether you choose to do it yourself or hire a plant service, consider adding flowering plants to your office this year.

Plants From Seed – Adapting To A Future World

Plants From Seed – Adapting To A Future World

After a plant has grown to maturity it will aim to produce an abundance of seed in order to create a new generation of plants. Annual plants complete this process then die within a year, biennials require 2 years to complete their life cycle and perennials can survive for many years.

Not only do seeds perpetuate the species into the future, more importantly they create a variety of individual seedlings. Some of these individuals will be more successful at surviving changes in the environment and as a result the species is able to adapt to new environments.

Plants grown from cuttings are essentially clones of a parent plant. This is a very useful feature when plants are grown as crops, but a serious weakness in the wild. The reduced ability of clones to adapt to changes in the environment increases their chances of becoming extinct. Hence in nature seed production is vital to the survival of flowering plants.

Over long periods of time seeds that are the result of sexual reproduction will allow for the evolution of new forms of plants and eventually new species. This process is happening at the moment throughout the world. This allows the plant world to replace the species that could not adapt to climatic and environmental changes leading to their extinction. Many plant species are close to extinction for natural as well as man made reasons and these are classified as endangered.

Practical use of seed production can be made on the hobby farm. Apart from growing crops the farmer can also be a hobby plant breeder. I plan to do this with olives. Each year I plan to grow a large number of seedlings and select some according to their foliage. Eventually I may find a seedling that will have the type of foliage I am looking for and this plant can be developed into a new ornamental olive variety. The same principle can be used when developing new olive fruits, but the process will take much longer as there is a need to wait until the seedlings produce a crop.

Another interesting area of seedling production is in the production of plant hybrids. These can be produced when two closely related species are cross-pollinated. This may result in a new plant with features of both parents. An example of a hybrid is the plumcot. This was produced when an apricot and plum were crossed. This process also takes a long time in order to assess the features of the hybrids, but this is an important activity carried out by plant breeders in research centers. I have always wanted to cross a cherry and a plum in order to come up with a cherry- plum hybrid that is easier to grow in Melbourne then the current cherry varieties.

Maybe you can be the proud breeder of a new mouth watering fruit or vegetable and possibly make some money from royalties. Make up your plan, be patient and persistent, set your imagination alight!

The Archerfish In A Specialized Aquarium, A Community Aquarium, And The Use Of Aquarium Plants

The Archerfish In A Specialized Aquarium, A Community Aquarium, And The Use Of Aquarium Plants

Maintaining Archerfish in a Specialized Aquarium. Archerfish are fascinating to watch because they use jets of water to wash insects into their home. Some believe that they are difficult to maintain but this is not necessarily true. There are five or six species of archerfish growing in size to up to half a meter. They are usually vertically striped.

The most easily available of the archerfish are the Toxotes jaculator and the T. chatareus. Both come from Asia but do not live in the same waters. The T. jaculator is found only in the brackish regions of the river while the T. chatareus is found in fresh water. The chatareus is most suitable for aquariums and can be easily identified by the small spot between the two front body bars.

These fish DO NOT get along with each other, so you have to choose whether you want a large aquarium with roots that can be easily set up in several different territories or do you want one fish species in a specialized or community tank. If they are in a community tank, it is not wise to use smaller fish as companions. As they feed they grow quite large with huge mouths. While not normally fish eaters, they should not be combined with smaller fish.

Archerfish are constantly on the move and love to swim. So, their aquarium should have a large area that is plant-free near the top of the tank to allow for their need to swim. Archerfish are not very demanding where their food is concerned; but, it must be of adequate size to tempt them.

Once the fish has become established you can feed it many different things. Archerfish like to eat fish, shrimp, raw beef, grasshoppers, and even boiled ham. When their food is placed on the water, they shoot towards it and snap for it and it is fun to watch them feed. DO NOT overfeed, especially when feeding meat! Archerfish can live for several years and will eventually become tame enough to take and eat food straight from your hand.

A Community Aquarium

The most frequently seen tanks are community aquariums. They are beautifully planted and decorated with rocks, roots, plants, and a variety of fish. To maintain water stability, a community aquarium should contain at least 70 liters of water or more, if possible. Remember, a larger aquarium is actually easier to maintain than a smaller one since the water in a smaller aquarium become murky much faster.

When preparing a community aquarium, you must remember that plants and fish have certain needs. You must plan for and meet those needs. Make sure to use fish and plants that have the same light and temperature requirements. While it is much easier to combine plants by this method, it is a different story altogether with fish. Some fish species have different requirements and cannot be put together!

It is very difficult to put too many plants into an aquarium in the beginning; but, it is quite easy to put in too many fish. Water quality will deteriorate very quickly in you overwhelm the tanks biological and filtering capacity, so add one or two fish a month and let the tank bacteria adjust to handle this new load. You must always avoid the temptation to purchase more fish than your aquarium can sustain.

There are no hard and fast rules about combining fish in a tank; however, there are a few basics that need to be observed. Schooling fish should never be kept alone or with only a few others of their variety. They thrive best when tank conditions replicate their ocean environment.

There are some fish that fight viciously with others of the species, especially males when it is spawning time. These fish should be kept singly or in pairs. Since they are normally quite accepting of other breeds it is suitable to put these fish together.

When stocking your aquarium for the first time, it is advisable to obtain a book from your local pet store that has a section on stocking. These books will not only provide you with information on how many fish can be put into a specific-sized aquarium, they will also give you information on the types of fish that can be safely combined.

Use of Aquarium Plants

Ecosystems like lakes, rivers, and forests are naturally balanced due to self-regulation. Because of natural cycles, they are basically self-sufficient. A predominant position is held by the green plants which capture and store energy from the sun in the form of sugar, fats, and proteins that serve as food for the animal and vegetable life they support.

In your aquarium, plants hold the same valuable importance and should be treated with great care. Only plants can use lighting to transform inorganic elements into nutrients. Plants need small organisms like bacteria and fungi (which break down dead organic substances into their basic elements) in order to continue to produce these nutrients. Between these two there is a natural balance that allows the plants to do the job they were designed to perform.

Looking at our aquarium along these lines we see that without constant interference from us this balance would be in great danger. We must add food, fertilizer, remove dead plants and animals, remove waste products with protein skimmers and partial water changes, and siphon off excess debris from within the aquarium.

Because of the various appliances available to create oxygen and carbon dioxide gas exchanges in the tank, plants can be completely eliminated from an aquarium. However, if you wish to maintain a more natural and healthy system to provide fish with oxygen and hold down the nitrogen levels, plants are the simplest and most efficient means.

Plants also help maintain the level of algae growth. A healthy planting is a great preventative measure against algae that can overrun your tank. Planting an aquarium with a large variety of plants can be very expensive, so it is best to start with small bunches of the less expensive plants.

After the aquarium is established, you can replace these with the more decorative and attractive plants that you prefer.

Article on How to Care for Your Ficus Ginseng Plant

Article on How to Care for Your Ficus Ginseng Plant

How to Care For Your Bonsai Ficus Ginseng Plant

The Bonsai Ficus Ginseng Plant is also known as Taiwan Ficus or Banyan Fig. One of the attractions of this particular bonsai ficus ginseng is of course the roots which are usually exposed. Along with a thickish trunk and a canopy of dark green leaves it is a most attractive plant, creates a wonderful display in the home and is so easy to look after. This makes it ideal for newcomers to indoor plant keeping especially as it is very low maintenance.

Caring For The Bonsai Ficus Ginseng

Although the bonsai ficus ginseng can tolerate low light environments well, it does thrive much better in well lit environments and natural sunlight. So it is important to site the plant beside a window which receives lots of light for as much of the day as possible. I turn my own Ficus Ginseng by one quarter turn to the right each day so the whole ginseng plant has its fair share of the sun.

This bonsai tree does need a little tender loving care. It does need moderate watering in the winter, and I have had good results by feeding the potted soil with tomato plant liquid feed of all things. (Don’t overdo this) Obviously, a little more water will be needed during the warmer summer season and less during the winter season.

The bonsai ficus ginseng does not mind being overwatered once in a while nor does it take offence when you forget to water it sometimes. It will however thrive more when misted regularly to mimic its rainforest home conditions. I do this daily using an old aerosol spray, and where possible I use rainwater rather than tap water which tends to contain Fluoride in this Country and I’m not sure this is good for the plant. Boiling tap water first may be another solution.

The bonsai ficus ginseng is basically a slow grower although this will depend on the condition of the plant and obviously on its environment. Repotting the bonsai plant depends on growth, so you may have to do this annually or bi-annually. I have had my ficus ginseng for about 6 months and growth is slow, so there is plenty of time to think about re-potting at a future time.

As for the soil, the plant does not seem too fussed and I have just used the soil which was in the pot when I bought the ginseng plant. Fertilizers may be added but the bonsai ficus ginseng is a good grower and can survive in lean conditions. (Try the tomato liquid fertilizer trick mentioned earlier)

The bonsai ficus ginseng tree is an easy tree to care for and you will not need to constantly monitor its state. At first you may be worried at the alarming habit the Ficus has of dropping its leaves daily. Look closely however at the plant and you will see that for all the dark green leaves which have been discarded, there will be a roughly equal number of light green new growth leaves to replace them.

The leaves of the bonsai ficus ginseng will need to be pinched when there are more than necessary to make a good looking crown. For every six new leaves that come out, you need to pinch off at least two or three to maintain its beauty and symmetry.

Overall the bonsai ficus ginseng is a hardy tree that is great for novices and beginners!

Choosing the Best Plants for your Garden

Choosing the Best Plants for your Garden

Many times we buy plants on impulse then find there is nowhere in the garden that really suits them. Before buying plants carefully examine your garden to see how much sun and shade it gets, whether the soil is well drained or waterlogged and whether your aspect is sheltered or windswept. You’ll then be equipped to go and buy the best plants for your situation; shade-loving plants for the sheltered areas, sun-lovers for the warm spots, drought-resistant plants for the parched areas which may be either sunny or shaded, and swamp plants for the poorly-drained parts.

But wait! Test your soil first, to determine the pH level of your soil and what kind of nutrients you need to add, if any. Is the soil acid or alkaline? Most plants prefer soil that is slightly acidic, but there are some that must have alkaline soil to grow. You can alter the soil’s pH level, but it’s much easier to simply plant for the soil you have.

Now you are ready to plant. Well – almost. Will you plant in groups or singly? If you buy ‘one of everything’ your garden may seem rather spotty. Group plantings are organized, harmonious and you can vary the color for interest.

Before planting out, place your chosen plants around the garden bed in their pots to see how they will look. Re-arrange them until you are satisfied. Grouping plants in sets of threes or fives usually looks better than planting in groups of even numbers. Be sure that you have an interesting combination of colors and textures of plants. Tall plants should go to the back, or the center if your garden will be viewed equally from all sides. Try to keep your plants away from trees. The roots of trees are fiercely competitive and will steal all the nutrients and moisture meant for your flowers.

The right color scheme is one way to maintain the harmony in your garden. Imagine the color of the flowers when they are in bloom. Some colors may clash with others, but can still be planted side-by-side if they have a different blooming season. Foliage color is also important. Many flower plants have silver, grey or purplish foliage that is just as attractive as the flower. This means that they are still attractive well past the blooming season and so have added value.

Asphalt Drum Mix Plant

Asphalt Drum Mix Plant

Infrastructure can be defined as the basic physical and organizational structures needed for the operation of a nation. The term typically refers to the technical structures that support a society, such as roads, water supply, sewers, power grids, telecommunications, etc. Viewed functionally, infrastructure facilitates the production of goods and services; for example, roads enable the transport of raw materials to a factory, and also for the distribution of finished products to markets. The term may also include basic social services such as schools and hospitals.

Infrastructure is the mirror of a nation. When we talk about building a nation, we need to have better communication and that each part should be connected to the entire nation. For this the entire structure of infrastructure has to be developed and each part has to be well connected.

Each nation has to be fast developing its infrastructure to meet the needs of future and to be well connected; roads have to be well developed. Asphalt is considered to be the best road building material. It binds well and is also durable.

An asphalt plant is a plant used for the manufacture of asphalt, macadam and other forms of coated road stone, sometimes collectively known as blacktop. Road building demands the combination of a number of aggregates, sand and a filler (such as stone dust), in the correct proportions, heated, and finally coated with a binder, usually bitumen based or, in some cases, tar.

Asphalt Plants are primarily divided into two types: Continuous Mixing Type (Drum Mix Plants) and Batch type asphalt plants.

In the continuous plant, raw aggregate is fed into the cold aggregate feeders and specific quantity is delivered to the drum where initially drying and then mixing with bitumen takes place. The temperature inside the drier drum is around 150-180 degree Celsius. The finished product is almost invariably discharged into a hot store rather than directly into delivery vehicles.

Hot storage SILOS can also be used with the plant to store the mix material when needed. Pollution control devices like the venturi type dust collector device and even bag house can be fitted with the plant.

The main advantages of this plant are:

Continuous mixing type plants are cheaper to own. Drum type asphalt plants are easier and faster to erect and install. Drum mix plants are low on maintenance. Asphalt drum mix plants are low on transport costs. Asphalt mixing plants are accurate with only +/- 2% variations. Drum type asphalt plants takes less space to fit.

Melbourne landscaper provides some tips on aquatic plant selection

Melbourne landscaper provides some tips on aquatic plant selection

Any landscaper in Melbourne when approached with an inquiry to assist selecting aquatic crops is taking in consideration following.

There are lots of advantages of having aquatic vegetation in your backyard: to maintain it wholesome and environmentally balanced. However, no matter are your main causes for inclusion of aquatic crops into your panorama alternative of proper plants is critical. In addition to frequent reasons as providing shelter for fish and other aquatic wildlife, including kind, color and texture to your panorama, there are some concerns that may literally make it or break it if you don’t pay proper attention. The following steps will enable you to to select aquatic vegetation that fit your panorama the most effective and serve you well.

Figuring out Particular Planting Areas

Choose plant material based mostly on these specific planting areas positioned in and round your pond: marginal, floating, and submerged.
Each planting area is a barely totally different ecosystem. Crops that are tailored for one planting space will not be appropriate for use in another. The three primary common planting areas are:

Marginal – Crops that grow within the shallow water across the fringe of the pond. Examples are water iris and pickerel.

Floating – Vegetation which might be suspended on the surface of your pond. One example of floating crops is the water lily, which is potted or planted on the backside of the pond with its leaves floating on the surface. One other example is the free-floating water hyacinth.

Submerged – Generally known as “oxygenators,” these crops use waste vitamins and help purify the water and planting area. Examples embrace parrotfeather and elodea.

Conducting a site Analysis

Figuring out particular web site conditions will help you select vegetation that may grow finest in your water garden.

Mild publicity of the water garden.

Is the water backyard in solar, shade, or a mix?

Water movement. Is the water still, moving or a mix?

Cultural considerations. When will you be having fun with the pond? For night use, think about night blooming crops and accent lighting. Will you view the pond from inside the house or from other yard areas? Water backyard vegetation can body fascinating views or block unattractive ones.

Upkeep access. How will you get to the vegetation for regular actions such as pruning, fertilizing, and dividing?

Deciding on Vegetation

After figuring out water backyard circumstances and planting areas clever Melbourne landscaper, begins the plant choice process. Everyone has private preferences. Take into account color, texture, kind, and seasonal changes. Overview water gardening publications, research Internet sites, or go to water gardens in person that can assist you visualize how aquatic vegetation look and grow. One other important consideration is whether or not to make use of annual or perennial plants or a combination.

Size is a important think about plant selection.

Rigorously choose vegetation that fit into the scale of your water garden. When there are value limitations, take into account putting in healthy, smaller plants. Younger plants can also be easier to install. Bigger crops present a mature look, however usually are extra expensive. Be cautious when using crops with speedy development charges, similar to parrotfeather, water lettuce, water celery, water hyacinth.

These aquatic plants and others might develop into invasive if they’re launched into waterways from decorative ponds. The importation and sale of some probably invasive species may be restricted for this reason. Plants with rapid development rates also require extra maintenance, as they often have to be thinned during the rising season. You should definitely choose vegetation that do not exceed your upkeep requirements.

Caring For Your Growing Pond Plant

Caring For Your Growing Pond Plant

A growing pond plant is easy to take care of as long as you have basic knowledge about them. The variety of the growing pond plant may dictate how it should be cared for. There are floating pond plants, underwater pond plants and plants that thrive beside the pond.

Picking Your Plant

Picking the plant that will be used in the pond will be decided by what fish live in the pond and the preferences of the owner of the pond. Things to look out for in healthy plants are the state of their leaves and bodies.

Holes and spots in these may indicate a disease which may spread with other plants in your pond. Growing pond plants riddled with disease can damage your other healthy plants and corrupt all plants in your pond. Bringing your plant home entails putting it in a wet container and making sure that the leaves and most of it is wet.

Growing Pond Plant Care

Growing pond plant care is not difficult. One just needs to be vigilant with regards to the state of the aquatic plant. Floaters are easier to spot than the plants that grow underwater so these are easier to care for then they are. Plants that have their roots and some part of themselves in the water and some part out are also easier to care for since disease and rot are easier to spot this way.

Growing pond plants means that the pond is oxygenated in a way that helps the fish in the water. Pond fish enjoy the oxygen that growing pond plants supply them with. A growing pond plant can supply not only oxygen to the fish but also shelter and food.

Many of the growing pond plants in ponds are eaten by some varieties of fish to some extent. Some control and management may be necessary if the fish eat too much of these. Some aquatic plants may be dangerous for fish so it is best to do some research on these.

It is best to keep an eye out for harmful snails and insects that may do some damage to the aquatic plants. Other rodents may also damage some plants by using the parts to line their nests. Growing pond plants are also very attractive to have in and around a pond which is why keeping them healthy is a priority. Some growing pond plants may need fertilizers especially designed for aquatic plants to make them more robust and help them grow well.

How to grow and care for a heather plant

How to grow and care for a heather plant

Heather plants are hardy, colorful, low-growing perennial shrubs native to the heaths, moors, and woodlands or Europe and Asia Minor. Well suited to marginal pastures, heathers are low-maintenance plants that can thrive in acidic soil with little fertilizer in and near-drought conditions.

The evergreen plants provide year-round displays of color from flowers and leaves. Depending on the type of heather plant, the flowers bloom between July and November and come in pink, lavender, white, magenta, amethyst, purple and red. If a gardener plans it right, a field full of different types of heather will remain colorful for a longtime, with new plants blooming just when others begin to fade.

Just as important as flower color is the foliage color, which can be found in pink, red, copper, bronze, gold, silvery gray, and every shade of green imaginable. They keep their color though the winter, breaking up the dreary tans and browns of winter landscapes.

CLIMATE: The colder, damper climates of the New England and the Pacific Northwest are well suited to growing heather, however, and gardeners in the northern Midwest, Great Plains, and Rocky Mountain areas should have fair success.

SOIL: The heather plant will do just fine in rocky soil, making them good candidates for coastal hillsides where few plants grow. Slightly acidic soil with a pH of 4.5 – 5.5 will work well for this plant.

SUN: As a general guideline, heather plants should get four to six hours of sunlight daily. So it is best to plant it in a place with enough sunlight throughout the year. The more sunshine this plant receives, the brighter are its leaves and flowers. Not enough sun will cause the plant to look leggy and dull.

SPACING: When you are ready to start growing a heather plant, consider the space a mature plant needs to fully develop. On average, these plants grow up to twenty inches tall and three feet wide.

PLANTING: The best time to plant the heather is in the spring or beginning of fall. Seed, division and cuttings can start new heather plants. If starting by cuttings, the best time to take them is in summer when the wood is half-ripe.

WATERING: After getting the plants into the ground, water them until the ground is moist. Follow this watering ritual twice a week for a few months. As with most plants, do not over water them. If the soil remains too wet the plant will suffer and possibly die.

The heather plant is hardy and resistant to insects, common diseases, and small burrowing rodents.

Silver Ore Processing Plant

Silver Ore Processing Plant

Silver ore is usually mined from underground mine and some in open pit mine. The run-of-mine silver ore will be sent to Silver Ore Processing Plant which includes crushing, washing, grinding process.

Firstly, the silver ore mined will be conveyed to a stock bin before crushing and grinding. The silver crushing and grinding plant can handle harder silver ore as well as increasing the plant throughput. The outflow from the mill enters a vibrating screen and the oversize is directed to a CS cone crusher before being returned to the mill. Screen undersize enters a ball mill/cyclone circuit before entering the flotation plant rougher cells.After crushing and grinding process, the silver ore will be conveyed to flotation plant. Them the silver ore will be sent to silver smelter or silver refinery.

Silver Ore Crushing Plant
When exploring the silver, we must take into account the actual geographical conditions. And whether the open or indoor exploration, the large-scale automatic mining equipment should be used. And the mining machinery equipment is mainly composed of the monitor, dust-free equipment, silver crushing plant, wind flow equipment, ball mill, classifying equipment.

Among all the silver exploration equipment, Zenith Machinery can provide customers with trustworthy high-quality Silver Ore Processing Plant in Africa. The common silver crushers are: CS cone crusher, PE jaw crusher, JC jaw crusher, PFW impact crusher, etc. Our CS cone crusher is strongly recommended, as it is widely used for silver ore crushing and other rock ore crushing. In addition, we also suggest you try our new mobile crushing plant, which is finally designed through adopting the latest advanced technology, as it is more flexible and will bring you more convenience.

Silver Ore Grinding Mill
Silver mill is the major silver grinding machine to grind the crushed silver ore. Zenith Machinery can design and manufacture many types of silver mills for silver grinding. The common silver mills are: ball mill, Raymond mill, MTM trapezium mill, MTW trapezium mill, ultrafine mill etc. And the ball mill is the most widely used silver mill to grind the silver mill.

The ore is crushed to -5 inches in primary cone crushers, then reduced to -1/2″ in short head cone crushers. The ore is then ground to -100 mesh in ball mills. Using wet magnetic separators the silver ore is separated and further reduced to -200 meshes in a ball mill. Classification is accomplished with screens and cyclones.