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View Poll Results: Best Indoor Plant for Manhattan New York?
Areca Palm 4 66.67%
Bamboo Plant 3 50.00%
Pony Tail Palm 4 66.67%
Plants and Palms would not do good in the City 1 16.67%
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Old June 18th, 2010, 01:23 PM
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Smile Indoor plants Manhattan, New York

Hello everyone, I just finished speaking with customer service from this site and they gave me some ideas and they told me to ask the question to forum members about indoor plants in Manhattan or for that much and city really. Here's the thing I have a friend that just moved to Manhattan and he had a serious green thumb in Vegas, so I wanted to surprise him with a nice indoor plant that no one else would have or just something out of the ordinary. Any ideas?

I really want him to be happy when he gets it, he talked about the big city being a concrete jungle. He tells me New York is a fast paced city and that people there are rude to him when he asks questions about directions. Another thing he said was about the nightlife. He said the clubs are impossible to get into, especially being new to the area. I told him if he didn't like it to come back to our big city, but its really no different here. Clubs are impossible to get into as well and its just big buildings everywhere you go, lol.

Well anyways... He's an interior designer he wants to make it in the Big Apple and lives in a small studio that is outrageously priced near Uptown, I have no idea where Uptown is but I would guess its Uptown...lol.. That's somewhat funny, I am usually used to downtown, but uptown is new to me. So back to our plan... what indoor plant should I get him? Something that does not need too much sunlight and that can do well with some water neglect. Also I don't know if the air quality is bad in Uptown, but probably better than downtown..lol

I was thinking about getting the Bamboo palm but it might need some heavy watering. Or maybe the Areca Palm for its ability to purify the air. Then I came across my favorite the Ponytail palm but I don't know if it will do well in the city. The Ponytail stands out especially in the big city I would imagine. So, my question is to those living in the city and have some practical knowledge about these three palms and which one would be better for my friend. If you live in Manhattan, even better, I have never been to Manhattan but I am sure its a great place, just not great when your new and have no idea where to go.

Now those three that I picked where palms because that's what I am used to where I live, but if anyone knows any other indoor plants that would be great too... I don't know the difference between a palm and a plant but if you have any ideas, let me know. The only plant that comes to my mind is Amaryllisalso known as the "Yellow Goddess". That's a plant my parents had near the kitchen when I was growing up. So I definitely know that plants can grow indoors. its just finding the right plant. So can anyone help me find the right plant for Manhattan?



P.S. side note - if anyone lives in the city, another question I had which would be great if anyone here could answer, whats some great places in New York or Manhattan that my friend can go to having a green thumb?
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Old June 28th, 2010, 12:15 PM
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Default Here are some great City Parks in Manhattan and their info

Madison Square Park Conservancy
Eleven Madison Avenue, 14th Floor
New York, NY 10010
Phone: (212) 538-1884
Fax: (212) 538-3970
Madison Square Park
Madison Square Park, a 6.2-acre urban oasis, is located in the heart of Manhattan’s Flatiron District at 23rd Street between Madison and Fifth avenues. The Conservancy raises the funds that support lush and brilliant horticulture, park maintenance, park security and a variety of free cultural programs.


Central Park Zoo
64th Street and Fifth Avenue
New York, New York 10021
(212) 439-6500
Central Park Zoo
Whether you are seeking to enrich your little one’s zoo visit with hands-on discovery, workshops about wildlife and wild places, or Wildlife Theater shows, you’ll find that the Central Park Zoo is the wildest place in the city for family fun. We offer toddler programs for caregivers and little ones, preschool programs, after-school workshops and weekend classes for school-age children, and summer camps. All programs require advance reservation.


Central Park Conservancy
14 E. 60th St
New York, NY, 10022
(212) 310-6600
Central Park Conservancy
The Central Park Conservancy was founded in 1980 by a group of dedicated civic and philanthropic leaders. They were determined to end Central Park's dramatic decline in the 1970s and restore it to its former splendor as America's first and foremost major urban public space, as envisioned by its 19th-century designers, Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux. Today, the Conservancy's mission is to restore, manage and enhance Central Park, in partnership with the public, for the enjoyment of present and future generations.


Bryant Park Corporation
1065 Avenue of the Americas
Suite 2400
New York, NY 10018
Phone: 212-768-4242
Fax: 212-719-3499
Bryant Park
The Bryant Park Corporation was founded in 1980 with a charge to reclaim Bryant Park for the people of New York City. Since then, the talent, dedication and execution of the BPC board and staff has transformed the park into the greatest public space in the world. The ongoing mission of the BPC is: to create a rich and dynamic visual, cultural and intellectual outdoor experience for New Yorkers and visitors alike; to enhance the real estate values of its neighbors by continuously improving the park; to burnish the park's status as a prime NYC tourist destination by presenting a meticulously maintained venue for free entertainment events; and to help prevent crime and disorder in the park by attracting thousands of patrons, at all hours, thus fostering a safe environment.


City Parks Foundation
830 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10065
Phone: (212) 360-1399
Fax: (212) 360-8283
Info@CityParksFoundation.org
Arts Hotline: (212) 360-8290
SummerStage Hotline: (212) 360-CPSS
Swedish Cottage Information: (212) 988-9093
Arts@CityParksFoundation.org
Education: (212) 360-2746
Education@CityParksFoundation.org
Sports: (718) 760-6999
Sports@CityParksFoundation.org
Partnerships for Parks
Partnerships@CityParksFoundation.org OR Volunteer@CityParksFoundation.org
City Parks Foundation
City Parks Foundation (CPF) is the only independent, nonprofit organization to offer park programs throughout the five boroughs of New York City. We work in over 750 parks citywide, presenting a broad range of free arts, sports, and education programs, and empowering citizens to support their parks on a local level. Our programs and community building initiatives reach more than 600,000 people each year, contributing to the revitalization of neighborhoods throughout New York City.


I hope that can help! I spent a lot of time getting all that info, make sure he does something... : )
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Old July 1st, 2010, 11:32 AM
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Default Help with my indoor plant????

When I bought this plant the tag says great for indoors, but its turning yellow... What should I do to keep it from yellowing...also if the tag says indoor plants shouldn't it be easier to take care of.. the money plant is supposedly a great indoor plant but I beg to differ, at least with mine anyways. does anyone else know a better indoor house plant that will not turn yellow on me...
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Default The reaso your plant is yellowing is probably a nitrogen issue...

Try finding a grass fertilizer, they are always full of nitrogen and will bring back the yellow color to a bright green. Just be careful to over do it. If you place too much fertilizer on the plant you could kill it. And if you want quick action, then dilute the fertilizer in some water for a couple of hours and shake it around, then pour it on the soil. This has always helped me with any yellowing that I have had. One thing though, it takes like at least 2 to 3 days to see any effects on the yellowing.

Also sunlight might be another issue your have that's maybe turning your leaves yellow. And if the tips are turning brown at the end its probably a water issue you are having and not supplying enough water to the plant. If you knew what type of plant it was, I would probably help you a little better if I knew what type of plant it was.

Good luck
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Old July 13th, 2010, 11:01 AM
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Default Thank you Greatwork!!!

I picked some fertilizer up from Walmart, and put it on my plant this morning in addition to the palms I ordered from here. Hopefully it turns green and yes the sunlight was turning the tips brown, but I moved it closer to the window so it can gather more sunlight. The watering I was doing was good but I think it was just a lack of fertilizer and sunlight. And I did what you said, I took the fertilizer and placed it into an empty milk gallon, cleaned out of course, and I placed the fertilizer with a lot of water and made a soup concoction. I then poured it on top of the soil and watered it regularly. It just makes sense to do that because the ferilizer is made to release the nutrients over a specific period of time so to get the results needed its best to release it by water... ingenious Greatwork...
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Old July 16th, 2010, 03:05 AM
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Default No problem....

I try my best at times... Not many people know about the benefits of plants inside the home. Indoor plants make rooms smell fresher and cleaner and more vibrant. I am now getting into succulents, they look like alien life-forms and there is so many to choose from , its crazy. They are also easy to take care of, not much water and not much sunlight equals easy to take care of... There is a cool snake plant that I am going to be ordering soon from this ornamental store. Its supposedly one of the top ten air plants that NASA was using to populate the spaceship with extra oxygen molecules and clean out harmful toxic air as well... It a very interesting story and its becoming more popular as you google it. It would be cool to bring an environment to another planet so we can live on it. I couldn't imagine what the earth would look like from the moon and to see it spinning around would be a fantastic site. When I was younger I always wanted to be an astronaut but my older brother said it was impossible, I wish I would have had a little more backing and maybe I could have been one... Anyways, Apple, whats your first name or you just go by Apple in my eye... and what do you mean by an apple in your eye... The apple probably has something to do with New York being the big apple but whys it in your eye?
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Old July 19th, 2010, 11:55 AM
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Default I just wanted to take the poll and see the results!!!

That was an interesting comment you made Greatwork about NASA developing air plants to supply I guess the spaceship with more air. So my question would be answered , if I asked do plants grow in zero gravity. I guess they do, and if so how do the branches form straight up ...
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Question I love my new palm trees!

I normally grow flowers etc for the spring time on my balcony, but I cant wait to have guests over to enjoy the springtime with some palm trees. We find ourselves going to the beachin the Hamptons when friends visit from out of town and I love the palms that are outside. Now I have them here! Now the only thing is figuring out when to start putting them outside because its still freezing cold outside. The instructions say the palms can go down to 30s and 40s but not for an extended time, I don't know if I should take the chance, anyone have any thoughts about putting the european fan palm outside in the cold?
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Default Just Ordered Some plants for my friend in New York

Just Ordered Some plants for my friend in New York. He loved them.

I got him a lady palm and the bamboo palm. They are perfect. He sent me photos of them and his wife loves them too. I want to get him some snake plants. I think its very modern and sheik looking.
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