SHOULD YOU INVEST IN A GREENHOUSE?

The idea of a greenhouse can seem daunting at first due to the various types of infrastructures, heating systems, and maintenance involved. Although the options can feel overwhelming and appear costly, there are many benefits to having a greenhouse in your backyard. 

A greenhouse plays an important role in the gardening world because it has the ability to provide a stable and warm environment for plants regardless of the season. The greenhouse structure prevents the release of thermal energy from the building and uses the sunlight that passes through the glass walls to heat up the ground and radiates heat through the air. Rather than waiting for plants such as peppers or zucchini to come into season, gardeners with access to a greenhouse can plant them year-round. In addition to providing shelter from the cold air of winter, greenhouses also prevent the intrusion of pests. Continue reading below for a full breakdown of the advantages and disadvantages of having a greenhouse!

BENEFITS 

  • You are able to enjoy fresh vegetables, fruit, and flowers all year long. 
  • You are able to grow plants that thrive in other climates including exotic flowers or tropical fruits.
  • The enclosed space will prevent insects, rodents and other animals from damaging crops.
  • A quality greenhouse will add beauty and visual appeal to your property.
  • Out-of-season produce comes in high demand and these vegetables can be sold for profit in certain markets.
  • You can grow fresh fruits and vegetables without worrying about pesticide residue that is found on grocery store produce.

CHALLENGES 

  • A greenhouse can be expensive to build due to the costs of electrical and water bills.
  • Both the structure and plants require constant monitoring, maintenance, and care.
  • The humid greenhouse conditions that allow plants to thrive also contributes to plant diseases.
  •  Greenhouse fans, which circulate air and keep foliage dry, don't generally create enough wind for pollination. 
  • A greenhouse will produce too much heat during the summer if it is not regulated correctly and this can lead to plant death. 
  • Each type of plant has an ideal growing temperature which means you may not be able to grow a variety of plants in the same greenhouse. 

Having gone over the benefits and challenges to owning a greenhouse, do you think you will invest? Let us know in the comments and stay tuned for another blog post about the different types of greenhouses!

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BENEFITS OF APOTHECARY

Fragrant soaps and candles have become an important role in the daily routine for many people. Shoppers often opt for a scent that appeals the most to their senses. But do you know where the scent comes from? Or understand the benefits behind each smell? Keep reading below to learn more about the benefits of apothecary.

Essential oils are created by distilling raw plant material over water and are then placed in items like diffusers, candles, and soaps. Often used in beauty care and aromatherapy, oils like lavender, peppermint, eucalyptus, and tea tree, are an important part of self-care. All essential oils benefit the body because they are packed with antioxidants and anti-inflammatories. However, each essential oil serves a specific purpose. 

ESSENTIAL OILS FOR THE MIND

If you find yourself loosing focus throughout the work day, try lighting a candle with Bergamot oil to boost your concentration. Looking to elevate your mood? Rose oil is the way to go. This scent is said to instantly boost your happiness and relieve depressive thoughts. For those that experience excess stress or anxiety, lavender oil is the perfect solution. Try adding a lavender diffuser to your bedside table for a relaxing evening. When combined with peppermint, lavender oil is also a great remedy for minor headaches. Next time you are experiencing a headache, try lighting a lavender and peppermint candle to relieve your pain.

ESSENTIAL OILS FOR THE BODY

Experiencing a breakout? Try applying tee tree oil as an instant spot treatment. For those looking to add a little volume or to regain strength in their hair, adding rosemary oil to your conditioner will help. If you find yourself with unwanted food cravings, using a cinnamon oil diffuser or candle that will help balance your blood sugar and reduce unnecessary snacking. 

Whether you prefer a bar of soap, burning candle, diffuser, or body spray, there are many different ways to incorporate essential oils into your daily routine. Stop by Rolling Greens to shop our wide selection of apothecary products! 

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Tips From Our Arrangement Bar

Our arrangement bar does it all. Now, we don’t mean to be biased, but seriously, talk to any of our “baristas” and you’ll get all the info on any of your plant needs. Not only is the arrangement bar a fun place to come do workshops, or customize a one-of-a-kind piece, our baristas provide great tips and tricks on how to take care of your special arrangement! Continue reading for some of our best advice for getting the most out of your arrangement!

WATERING + DRAINAGE

To determine when your arrangement needs water, feel the soil for moisture. This may require that you remove some portion of the moss or topdressing. For dry soil, water the center of each plant so the water will penetrate down to the roots.  Remember to replace any moss or topdressing that was removed.

TRIMMING + TRANSPLANTATION 

Remove yellow leaves promptly. Some plants may outgrow their container over time. In that case, transport them to a larger container and replace with younger plants.

PEST CONTROL

When watering your arrangement, look under the leaves and on the soil for insects. Immediately treat any infestation with a water based insecticide, as pests generally multiply exponentially.

LIFE EXPECTANCY 

To maximize color year-round, remove any faced blooming plants from your arrangement and replace with another colorful plant. Depending on your arrangement’s surrounding environment the usual life expectancy for blooming plants is 2-3 weeks. Orchids may last 1-2 months or more.

SUNLIGHT

The best place for your arrangement is indoors in a semi-bright to bright location. To avoid overheating and sun damage, do not place your arrangement in direct sunlight - indirect or filtered sunlight is best.

ORCHIDS IN YOUR ARRANGEMENT

To determine how often you should water the orchids in your arrangement, check to see if your orchid is planted in bark or moss. If your orchid is planted in bark it may need to be watered every 7-10 days; if planted in moss, it may need to be watered every 12-14 days. Always check the status of your orchid before watering. Orchids flourish in humidity, was well diffused or indirect bright light.

We hope these little tips helped, and if you have any other questions make sure to stop by any of our Arrangement Bars!

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Why You Need A Hanging Planter

As we’ve mentioned countless times on our blog, decorating with plants is one of the best (and cost efficient) ways to update your home. One big trend we’ve been seeing a lot of lately is hanging plants! And we’re so into it. Besides being a super cute way to decorate, hanging plants can come with many more advantages! Continue reading to learn about why we think hanging plants are a must in every home!

MORE FLOOR SPACE

Whether you reside in a little apartment or spacious home, every square inch of your place counts. So rather than taking up floor space with a bulky planter, save some space and hang your plants from the ceiling! This could provide you with some extra inches for a side table or additional chair for example.

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BETTER AIR QUALITY

It’s more likely you have more space on your ceiling than your floor, which allows you to have more plants in your house! You can hang multiple bundles of planters from your ceiling space, which will ultimately increase your air quality!

BEAUTIFUL NATURAL LIGHT

Hanging your plants in front of, or near a window will bring beautiful, cool light to the room. Light will reflect from the greenery of your plant, providing a fresh, inspiring environment.

CREATIVITY

Hanging plants not only provides you with a more creative space, but you’ll have so much fun actually creating your hangers! Not only will you now have a more creative space, you’ll have so much fun mixing and matching your hanging plants! You can bundle a few in a corner, or keep one all alone so it can really stand out.

MINIMALIST JUNGALOW STYLE

Hanging a few planters throughout your house is almost like the segway into a jungalow style home.  It’s perfect because you don’t have to be fully committed to the jungalow style (which can be a little overwhelming).

We can't wait to see how you decorate with hanging plants! Don't forget to tag us on Instagram at #RGatHome

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KITCHEN HERB GARDEN

It is hot, hot, HOT! This weather has us craving super clean, healthy foods, and now more than ever is the perfect time to try new, summer recipes that incorporate fresh herbs. Of course, going to the store to buy bunch of herbs is an easy option, however growing a little collection of your own is the number one way to guarantee optimal freshness! Not to mention, having an array of cute, potted herbs is an easy way to decorate your kitchen space. Continue reading for more tips on caring for a potted herb garden, and the best ways to utilize fresh herbs this summer!

Caring for a potted herb garden is simple enough, however it’s important to take necessary steps to ensure your herbs thrive in their environment. Things to remember include:

  • Using a pot that has holes at the bottom, or some type of drainage system (like a drip tray) that will allow excess moisture to drain away.
  • The right location is important for herbs, so make sure to check the specific directions on your plants tag. Most potted herbs will grow nicely in a sunny windowsill, however it’s important they don’t get too much direct sunlight, as that can shorten it’s productive life.
  • To get the most out of your foliage herbs, pruning and harvesting is essential. A key tip that many forget, is to always use clean shears while cutting your herbs, in order to minimize the potential for disease within the plant. This will keep your herb garden healthy and flourishing!

What’s just as exciting as deciding on what herbs to buy, is finding chic containers to place them in. Both our Los Angeles and Culver City locations offer a wide variety of pots and containers that would be perfect for planting herbs in, that double as decoration for your kitchen countertops!

Since herbs usually have a nice, vibrant green shade, planting them in a white, or neutral colored pot provides the perfect contrast (that will let the herb(s) steal the show!) On the contrary, finding a bold container with an interesting texture, or intense color is a fun option for any kitchen that is looking to get a little brighter!

Don’t forget to use the hashtag #RGatHome to share your potted, kitchen herb garden (and maybe get featured on our Instagram: @rollinggreens)! We can’t wait to see your beautiful creations! Have a great weekend! 

 

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Indoor Plant Care
Image: @amybartlam

Image: @amybartlam

The weather has been scorching lately, so we thought we’d go back inside for this week’s post. Today on the blog we’re talking about indoor plants! These guys are the perfect way to decorate  your space and incorporate nature into your home, however keeping them alive seems to be a common challenge among many. Read on to get some tips on how to take care of three plants you probably already have in your home!

PLANTS

The great thing about houseplants is that they can live just about anywhere, so the only big decision you’ll need to make is which tree will best match your home’s aesthetic. If you’d like your plant to live a nice long, lush, life, then our biggest tip is to put down the watering can. Indoor plants should not be watered more than once a week, and it’s important to note that the top of the soil should be completely dry before more water is poured. (Of course this varies from plant to plant, but as a general rule, keep  the watering to a minimum.

POTTED FLOWERS

Usually potted flowers need ample water, however they should be allowed to gently dry out in between waterings. If you’re not sure if your flowers need water, poke your finger into the soil. If it feels wet let it be, and if it’s dry give it some water. You want your soil to be moist but not completely wet, so make sure not to drown the soil. On a similar note, it’s important to choose a pot that has good drainage (holes at the bottom of the pot). Another tip is to make sure you read the how much light your flowers actually needs. Some flowers do very well in direct sunlight, while others may thrive in a shadier area.

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SUCCULENTS

While succulents seem like an easy, go-to house plant, they actually require a bit more care than expected. Succulents generally require six hours of sunlight a day, however they can get sunburned if they’re placed in a spot where the light is too hot. On the contrary, if they aren’t getting enough light, they’ll start to stretch. Also, a helpful fact to know is that most succulents have a dormant period (usually in the winter months) where they don’t require as much water. Lastly, succulents thrive best in clay or cement pots as opposed to glass (terrarium) because like most other plants, they need adequate drainage.

We hope this post was a little helpful! Don’t forget to stop by any of our locations to pick up some indoor plants to brighten up your home.

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Summer Nights At RG
Photo by: Monica Wang

Photo by: Monica Wang

Summer is not only a time for beach days and roasting s’mores by the campfire, it’s also… wedding season. Yes, that’s right, we are now in the thick of it. If you’re the lucky individual responsible for hosting the bridal shower, but you still have no clue what to do, don't worry! Here at Rolling Greens we offer private events and workshops for any special occasion!

Our private workshops include activities ranging from creating succulent arrangements to mounted staghorn ferns as well as one-on-one experience with our baristas. However, if you and your party are more interested in a simple, cute dinner or drinks, we also offer event + creative space rentals! Or retail locations are available to rent as a venue for events such as bridal showers, engagement parties, cocktail receptions and more. We absolutely love collaborating with our professionals in the Home + Garden industry to bring your special event to life!

Photo by: Monica Wang

Photo by: Monica Wang

If you’re interested in hosting a private workshop or renting out space for your special event or would like more information, you can click the link here or email us events@rg-ca.com.

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Decorating With Potted Plants

One well known trick every designer knows is that plants are one of the best ways to elevate, or set the tone in a space. But how do they do it? We talked to one of our talented, resident baristas to get the best ideas when it comes to decorating with a potted plant. Continue reading to learn tips and tricks about matching your plants to their containers!

How To Pick Your Plant And Container

  • The first step is to pick whichever plant or container/pot speaks to you first, and let that dictate what you pair with it.

Balance

  • Balance between your plant and container is very important, so keep in mind that contrast is key!
  • For instance, if you are going to chose a textured plant that is very busy looking, you might consider pairing it with a simple, sleek container in order for the plant to really steal the show. On the other hand, if you chose a rather ornate container that you want to stand out, pick a plant with a modern silhouette, that stands straight up, or is one color.

Placement

  • Another thing to remember that you can always prop your plant up in whatever container you choose with foam bricks or plastic liners, so there’s no need to worry if your plant doesn’t fit perfectly at first. 
  • Figure out beforehand the size of the space you need to fill, and the position it should be in, so when you're searching for your plant and container you know what size you need.

Fillers

  • Lastly, finishing touches such as moss, gravel, stone etc, can really elevate the look of your potted plant. Sometimes picking your topper is just as important as picking the container and the plant itself! It can really set the tone for the arrangement!

Good luck, and don't forget to tag #RGatHome so we can see what beautiful creations you come up with! 

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Rolling Greens Trade Program

If it’s not obvious already, we love to accommodate every one of our customers in order for them to bring their unique vision to life. Unsurprisingly, many of the individuals who step onto our lot(s) are interior + exterior landscape contractors, architects, florists, and designers. So it didn’t take us long to create a Trade Program that offers a 20% discount to our industry trade customers. Continue reading to learn more about this special program and it’s limited exclusions.

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Image via: @pheintz

As a member of our Trade Program you will receive 20% off all purchases with the exclusion of sale items, and any items with a barcode beginning at six or above. To qualify for our program you must be an interior or exterior landscape contractor, architect, florist, or designer, and intend to use our products for resale.

In addition, documentation must be provided. These include:

  • 3 Industry related trade references such as:
  • Receipts from other trade related wholesale vendors
  • Reference letters from trade related wholesale vendors
  • Federal tax ID number (For corporations)
  • California seller's permit or a business license (for verification purposes only)
  • Company business card
  • A Rolling Greens trade packet completed and signed
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Image via: @jamiebinteriors

After 3-5 business days your documents will be verified and an account will be set up for you. We are so excited to help you create your vision and can not wait to see what you come up with! Don’t forget to use the hashtag #RGatHome so we can share your beautiful creation!

For more information please click here!

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Color of the Year

Despite the flood of millennial pink that has painted your Instagram feed for what seems like eternity, we have recently discovered the color of the year is actually green, more specifically Pantone’s “Greenery”. Yes, we’re biased, but who wouldn’t be knowing greenery, a refreshing and revitalizing yellow-green shade, symbolizes new beginnings, as well as the pursuit of personal spirit? This color is a nature’s neutral, making it the perfect addition to any home. Read on to learn how to gloss more “color of the year” into your life!

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Photo by @erinnvstyle

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While your Pinterest boards may be filled with home decor inspo for summer, instead of repainting the living room in a regrettable Orion Blue, save yourself the money (and time) by incorporating actual greenery throughout your home. Filling an empty corner with lush, leafy plants will not only provide cleaner air throughout your house, but will completely change your environment and enhance your home aesthetic. As we are continuously surrounded by modern technology and industrial elements, the benefits of incorporating natural life, movement, and beauty into our everyday lives is essential.

Show us how you decorate with the color of the year by hashtagging #RGatHome or tagging us @rollinggreens in your Instagram pictures!

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