Lahore Rent-a-Plant Ltd: Make your working space green with nine-to-five money plants

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* Plant rental services: latest launch in rental commodities

LAHORE: First it was houses, then came cars, motorcycles and crockery, now the latest commodity to join the ‘for rent’ club is potted plants. Several nurseries in Gulberg, Model Town, Cantonment and Ferozepur Road are offering plants on rent. They also offer to take care of the plants after renting them out.The rents are also different for different plants with exotic plants being the most expensive. The rental plants include the ken palm, money plant, seguinum, golden palm, araucaria and ashoq. Most people use these plants to display at offices, banks, houses, functions, stage dramas and for film sets. The plants are either grown locally or imported from Thailand. Muhammad Asif, owner of a nursery in Gulberg, said that his nursery provided all kind of plants on rent and that the rates were set keeping in view the customer’s demands and requirements. “The rent of a plant costing Rs 500 a piece is around Rs 100 a month and a plant costing Rs 8,000 is rented out at Rs 500 a month,” he said, adding that the more plants a person rented, the more discount he got. He said that the rents also differed for the areas where the customers were taking the plants. “If the area does not suit the plant and the customer insists on putting it there, the rent increases because of the possibility of the plant’s decay,” Amir said. He said that nurseries also provided the clients with gardeners who visited the client and looked after the plants every two to three days. “We provide fertiliser, water, pot painting and plant transportation to the site and the nursery takes the blame for any damage during this process.” He added, “If a child or the client damages the plant, he (the client) has to buy the plant.” Muhammad Sajid, owner of a nursery in Model Town, said banks and corporate offices were his main customers. “Around 60 percent of the business is generated from banks,” Sajid said. He said that he paid a lot of attention on marketing his business since “competition is tough nowadays”. He said, “In the early days, when I started the business, getting clients was no problem, but since the number of nurseries grew, providing better facilities and affordable rates became important to attract customers.” He said that he catered to marriage functions also, “but the risk of damage to the plant is manifold at such venues”. Parks and Horticulture Authority (PHA) spokesman Javed Shaida praised the idea of renting out plants, saying that such steps should be encouraged, as they increased the beauty of offices and houses and that customers did not have to worry for the plants. nauman tasleem

Courtesy: Daily Times

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