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Plant of the Week:

CHINESE EVERGREEN

If you're looking for a low-light, low maintenance indoor plant that suits just about any décor, take a good look at Chinese evergreen. Chinese Evergreen, or Aglaonema, is one of the best plants for beginners or those with low light conditions. This tough, slow growing plant is easy to grow and tolerates just about every indoor condition. Not only is it one of the toughest plants, it's also beautiful. Most varieties have deep green leaves with bold sliver markings. Its compact size makes it a perfect accent plant indoors.

Chinese Evergreens will tolerate a wide range of light conditions from very low light to bright, but not direct sunlight. Besides adding a decorative element to any space, Chinese Evergreen is also a powerhouse when it comes to cleaning your indoor air. Scientists from NASA have been studying how plants can clean the air on space stations for years, and the results are quite impressive. In some controlled conditions, certain plants were able to remove up to 82 percent of pollutants in the air within 24 hours. Chinese Evergreen is among the top 50 in B.C. Wolverton’s list of houseplants that purify the air. So take a deep breath and look no further than this beautiful, resilient and easy to care for plant.

TIP: How to determine low-light conditions? Ask yourself if you can read a book comfortably without a light on in the location where you are going to set the plant. If you struggle to say yes, then you’ll need to select a plant that will survive in low-light conditions.

Plant of the Week:

THE NORFOLK ISLAND PINE

This little beauty with soft needles, distinctive flat branches and a naturally symmetrical shape is a popular choice for indoor holiday decorating. The small and medium size varieties are often used as accent trees during the holidays or even as a tabletop Christmas tree. Best of all, once the holidays are over you can keep this plant around your home for a touch of green throughout the year. A truly great addition to your houseplant collection!

Not really a pine, the Norfolk Island is a member of an ancient family of conifers. This miniature tree thrives in the Southern Hemisphere. It is named for Norfolk Island, which is located in the South Pacific between Australia, New Zealand, and New Caledonia. It is an Australian territory, and its flag prominently features the Norfolk Island pine.

Holiday Tip: Add a strand of tiny string lights and even some ornaments for a festive look all season long!

Plant of the Week:

Phalaeonopsis 'Moth' Orchids

This year, give them a blooming gift they are sure to love ~ Phalaeonopsis 'Moth' Orchids. Whether a gift for another or a treat for yourself, orchids will captivate and add elegance to any setting. There is a special grace to the long, arching stem of the orchid. Moth orchids, also known as Phalaeonopsis, are some of the least expensive and longest-blooming orchids available. In fact, one bloom spike can look great for four months or more. Color range includes whites, pinks and even blues.

Love the style, grace and beauty of orchids, but afraid they look too complicated to care for? Never fear. Orchids are surprisingly easy to grow. In the right setup at home they can be extremely low maintenance. Be sure to give them a spot in low, medium, or bright light and water weekly or every other week. Promote more and larger blooms by feeding moth orchids monthly with a fertilizer formulated specifically for orchids. Plants do best in temperatures from 50° to 75°F.

McDonald's offers one of the largest selections of orchids in Hampton Roads. Come in and see the magic of this enchanting plant and discover just how easy it is to care for.

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