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Finding the right decorative container for your new plant

Posted on: January 7th, 2020

Plants are one of the hottest trends in home décor, providing beautiful color, depth and living-energy to any space. While some plants come already potted in a decorative container, most do not. Therefore, you’ll likely want to move your plant from its purposeful pot to a more pleasing container that fits your decor. While it’s…

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The gardener of today is younger than you might think

Posted on: January 3rd, 2020

When you think of the word gardener, it often conjures up images of an older woman in her 60s, wearing a wide-rimmed straw hat picking weeds happily from her flower or vegetable garden. Often referred to as one of the oldest and admired professions in society – a gardener is a person who cultivates a…

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Classic Blue is the Color of the Year for 2020 – how will you implement it?

Posted on: December 30th, 2019

Pantone recently announced their Color of the Year for 2020 – Classic Blue – continuing to offer enduring inspiration for the world of trend and design. Some considered their choice somewhat unimaginative this year. But upon further exploration, one can understand and appreciate Pantone’s ultimate decision. “We are living in a time that requires trust…

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5 Best Holiday Plants and the Perfect Planters to Put Them In

Posted on: December 1st, 2019

The holiday season is upon us, which means it’s time to start decking the halls with seasonal décor. Perfectly trimmed trees and glittery garland are a nice addition to any space, but often don’t last beyond New Year’s Day. Why not decorate with holiday plants potted in beautiful planters from The HC Companies? We’ve compiled…

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Protecting Planting Containers from the Colder Temperatures

Posted on: October 17th, 2019

Here at The HC Companies, we manufacture hundreds of thousands of planting containers each and every year for greenhouses and nurseries across North America. As stewards of the industry, we’d like to make some recommendations for your customers at retail about protecting planting containers come the winter. What you may not know is we also…

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Gardening is good for your mental and physical health

Posted on: April 23rd, 2019

Gardening has always been known to be good for our mental health. It gives us a sense of responsibility, allows us to be nurturers, connects us with other living things, and to no surprise, helps us to relax. But a recent study conducted around the globe by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has…

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Houseplants increase in popularity thanks to millennials

Posted on: April 23rd, 2019

It is often said that the spending habits of millennials are deteriorating many industries across the United States. From beer, soda and cereal companies, to department stores, chain restaurants and even the game of golf. But it seems their influence might just be reviving an industry which has long been ignored – houseplants. According to…

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Artificial intelligence is taking over your backyard

Posted on: March 4th, 2019

The garden was probably the last place most of us would expect to see an infiltration of technology, but it’s becoming a reality with mowers, weed-pickers and sprinkler systems to name a few. Techopedia defines artificial intelligence (AI) as, “an area of computer science that emphasizes the creation of intelligent machines that work and react…

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Large Pots offer homeowners and businesses a dramatic look

Posted on: February 7th, 2019

It’s often difficult to find a manufacturer who produces large pots (in the 30-40-inch diameter range) for planting flowers and shrubs in backyards, front yards or throughout communities. Oftentimes, the designs are far too simplistic, and many times dated, while offering a limited selection of colors for customers to choose from. But beyond the size…

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Plants are not as touchy-feely as you think

Posted on: January 4th, 2019

Not everyone is a touchy-feely kind of person. From warm embraces to holding hands to a congratulatory pats-on-the-back – for some it triggers an immediate, internal defense. A new study recently published in The Plant Journal has discovered that many plants aren’t very touchy-feely either. “The lightest touch from a human, animal, insect or even plants touching…

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