There's no better way to welcome the warmth and freshness of Spring to your cafe or restaurant than incorporating indoor plants into your dining environment. But choosing indoor plants for your venue may present as a challenging task. Of course, they look gorgeous in photos, but how will I care for them? Will they survive the conditions of a fast-paced business? Is there a certain sort of plant that I should be looking for? All valid questions for you're average green-thumbed restauranteur. So we've done a little research for you and put together a quick guide to indoor plants for the home or the cafe. The truth is, the perfect 'indoor plant' simply doesn't exist. What you should be looking for are plants that are able to withstand certain indoor-typical environments and conditions, making for a more healthy and nature-filled atmosphere. There is a common myth conception that 'indoor plants' are essentially low-maintenance and require minimal attention. Put simply, this is wrong. The plants that we've listed below are able to withstand varying temperatures, that is, they are able to abaft easily to changes in the weather, seasons, and the changes involved in transitioning from day to night. They do however require regular attention and treatment, involving water and fertiliser, as well as consideration in where they are placed and what other plants they are placed next to. Another common myth conception involves light and the ability of indoor plants to adjust to different lighting, natural or otherwise. For environments where light is essentially scarce or artificial, opt for shade-tolerant plants: those with darker leaves. The presence of cytoplasm in the plant cells (that gives it its green colour!) enables the process of photosynthesis to happen more easily, thus allowing the plant to receive the energy it needs to thrive. Alternatively, for light-filled environments, opt for plants with lighter-green or patterned leaves or tropical plants that have a certain tolerance for sunlight. Just because the plant is 'indoor' and thriving doesn't means that it is immediately immune to nasty pests and insects. Be sure to regularly check the plants for any nasties and use organic treatments, like PestOil, to solve the problem. Finally, if the plants is one that requires potting, remember that plants love moving house! Regular re-pot the plant to make for a more fresh and healthy plant-life. 1. Aloe Vera [caption id="attachment_1359" align="aligncenter" width="386"](image) photo credit: Cox & Cox[/caption] 2. Snake Plant [caption id="attachment_1360" align="aligncenter" width="415"](image) photo credit: The Sill[/caption] 3. String of Pearls [caption id="attachment_1361" align="aligncenter" width="419"](image) photo credit: Fresh Flower[/caption] 4. Spider Plant [caption id="attachment_1362" align="aligncenter" width="420"](image) photo credit: Glitter Guide[/caption] 5. Philodendron [caption id="attachment_1370" align="aligncenter" width="540"](image) photo credit: websta me[/caption] Browse through our plants selection at our online homewares store, Tysiza, and make the most of our fourteen day money back guarantee! Our incredible team of designers and customer service experts are willing to share their insight on styling techniques and provide any information about our homewares and products that you may require. As one of the best online homeware shops in Sydney, Tysiza offers free worldwide shipping on selected products so that you can shop in the comfort of your own home.
Brisbane is home to a doozy among the Australian café scene: a cash-LESS café. Yes, we are all very accustomed to just pulling out our card and waving it across the eftpos screen to pay for our daily coffee. But that doesn't mean that we should get rid of cash completely! Does it? The reality is that although most coffees cost between 3 and 6 dollars - wish can very easily be paid for using three little gold coins - most customers use card as their payment of choice anyway. So really, there's little harm in making the switch altogether from cash to card. Saxon Wright, owner of the cashless café Pablo & Rusty's Coffee Roasters, says that "cash" is one of the biggest "headaches" of running a café, and found himself questioning the necessity of cash in daily café operations. "So we thought, 'what if we didn't have it?'" he reported to the ABC. [caption id="attachment_1351" align="aligncenter" width="900"](image) via: Pablo and Rusty's[/caption] It's true. When the person in front of you in the line orders a weak, extra hot, skinny cappuccino (without the chocolate), you just pray that they don't begin to rummage through their wallet in search of the correct change. Let's keep it concise people! So by making the move to electronic-only payment, Saxon Wright is merely reminding other business owners that it is possible to be forward-thinking without scaring away customers in the process. "I think it's going to become a cashless and even wallet-less society in time," he said. "So we just wanted to take a step towards that and show other businesses that it's possible to do it." Besides the clear benefit of efficiency and convenience, Wright also says that a cashless venue culture makes for a more secure business, eliminating the need to count the till and cash-up at the end of the day. And if the card is not high-tech enough for you, simply wave your Frank Green Smart coffee cup in front of the pay-pass screen to pay for your coffee. How's that for transforming the café industry! Something to think about for your café? Drop a comment below and let us know your thoughts. [caption id="attachment_1352" align="aligncenter" width="620"](image) Frank Green Smart Coffee Cup via: SMH[/caption]