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Glossary of Definitions and Terms for Indoor Plant Hire

Glossary for the Interior Plantscape  Industry

This table holds definitions of terms, words and phrases used in the Australian Indoor Plant Hire Industry. These definitions are local to Brisbane, Queensland, Australia..

Terms, Words, PhrasesDefinition
AccreditationAn industry peak body evaluation to: ensure the business meets defined industry standards, encourages best practice and helps members to differentiate themselves in the market place. Importantly, accreditation also enables customers to have complete confidence in the products and services provided. Accreditation is for the business, Certification (a future planned initiative of the IPA) will cover individuals.
Bio WallSee green wall
BiophiliaA hypothesis that implies that we are nature-loving because we are of nature; our brains, our bodies evolved in nature, and as biological beings we need it to sustain our physical and emotional health. The concept is from Harvard biologist E. O. Wilson.
Cone PlanterA tall circular based container wider at the top than the bottom usually holding a single plant.
Desk PlanterSee Table Planter
Eco WallA simple Green Wall made of a frame to suppot growing pots in buckets. It can be watered manually or by an automatic irrigation system. Also see green wall
Green StarA rating granted by the Green Building Council of Australia. GBCA gives a building a rating from 1 - 6 green stars based on its environment and sustainable qualities.
Green WallA term that refers to a wall covered in live plants. There are many types of green walls. Ranging from individual pots in a framework to vertical structures complete with soil and irrigation. Indoor green walls will not do well if there is not sufficient quality light. Also see Vertical Gardens, Eco Wall, Bio Wall.
Growing MediaSee Potting Media.
Growing PotThe container in which the plant grows. Usually as supplied from the nursery. Standard sizes used by the industry are: 200mm, 250mm and 300mm.
Hire vs RentalThe official meaning and difference between the two words "hire" and "rental" is quite confusing and differs between English, American and common Australian usage. However "hire" usually includes a service, whereas renting assumes sole use by the person renting the item. In Australia the Industry is most often referred to as "Indoor Plant Hire".
House PlantSee indoor plant
IEQIndoor Environment Quality. refers to the overall comfort of a building’s interior and the comfort and health of its occupants. Many factors may contribute to indoor environment quality, including the use of daylight, passive design and natural ventilation, air quality and indoor plants.
In situ PlanterA planter built to order and usually fixed in position. Part of the fittings. In situ literally means "locally" or "on site".
Indoor PlantA plant that will survive in low light. Such plants usually originated as understory plants in rain forests.
Inspection Hole/PipeA opening with or without a cap that allows the insertion of a probe to determine the level in the water reservoir.
Interior PlantscapeInterior Plantscape, Interior Landscape and Plantscape are synonymous and refer to the act of designing the interior and/or installing the plants and planters.
MulchThe topping that covers the growing media. Usually: pebbles, bark or Coconut fibre (coir).
Office PlantsA term used in Victoria for indoor plants in offices.
Pebble TrayA term coined by The Container Connection for a tray fitted into a decorative planter to support pebbles. This avoids filling the whole planter will pebbles.
PipetteA Perspex tube used for measuring the depth of water in the reservoir of a decorative planter.
PlanterThe decorative container that holds the plant.
Potting MediaThe soil or potting mix used to support, nourish and water the growing plant.
ProbeA rod with several notches used for testing moisture in the growing media. If the soil is wet it will stick in the notches.
Self WateringSee Sub-irrigation

Show PlantsShort term hire for events such as Caravan Show, Motor Shows, Education Expos and the Ekka.
Sub-irrigationAn Australian term for a method of watering the plant using a reservoir of water and a method of transporting the water to the potting media.
Table PlanterA cone or wedge shaped planter with a size suitable for a table-top.
Tambour PlanterA planter that sits on top of a metal filing cabinet. Commonly a cabinet with tambour doors.
Trough PlanterA square container with the width greater than the depth, holding 2, 3 or 4 plants.
UTSUniversity of Technology Sydney
Vertical GardenOne of the original Green Walls was developed by Joost Bakker for Schiavello. Also see Green Wall.
VOCsVolatile Organic Compounds. Refers to organic vapours of gases given off by compounds under normal indoor atmospheric conditions of temperature and pressure. The main class of indoor derived air pollution, is from the outgassing of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from ‘plastic’ or ‘synthetic’, sources. The commonest BIG 4 are – ‘BTEX’: Benzene, Toluene, Ethylbenzene; Xylene; plus Polyaromatic Hydrocarbons
Wedge PlanterA tall square based container wider at the top than the bottom usually holding a single plant.
WickingA method of transporting the water to the growing media using a wick. The wick is usually made of a fabric with good capillary action.

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