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72 • RV PRO • June 2021 rv-pro.com corners of the showroom or around the RV with fake grass cut with rounded corners – or even more free-flowing patterns. Con- sider bordering some of the grass with stones with fake tall grasses mixed-in (by stuffing them into green Styrofoam covered in fake grass or, mixed in with the stones and covered in real moss.) Real plants have the added benefit of cleaning 86 percent of formaldehyde, benzene, and carbon monoxide from the air in your store overnight – every night. The plants that are most effective in removing toxins are: Bamboo Palm, Chinese Evergreen, English Ivy, Dracaena "Janet Craig", Mass cane/Corn Plant, Mother-in-laws Tongue, Peace Lily, Pot Mum and Gerbera Daisy. Many of these are also low- light plants. Dracaena trees have spiky or broad leaves and are easy to grow in low light. Display them at different heights and group three together to give more of an outdoors feel. Make sure their pots are matching. You want the pots to disappear – unless you're selling them. Aglaonema is also known as Chinese evergreen and can survive for two to three weeks without much light. Ficus tree are popular and lovely but require higher light. They are also known as weeping figs because they shed leaves when moved or when they get too dry. If you put the planter in a shallow dish filled with rocks and water, it will increase the humidity and stop the "weeping." If you rent the plants through a plant service, you will get healthy plants year-round, and they will be maintained profes- sionally. This service comes at many price points, but you have a store full of merchandise that is highly barter-worthy. It's worth looking into. Otherwise, put one person who loves plants, and " As a RV retailer, you have the perfect opportunity to bring nature into your store to create a balance of elements that help you, your staff and customers feel comfortable and connected to your store." If you utilize artificial trees in your showroom, it's important to spread out the branches to create a good look. Adobe Stock imagery Real flowers and plants are always preferred over plastic ones. Nothing says "outdoors" better than flowers, plants and trees.

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