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6 04, 2020

10 Pesticide Safety Tips

By |2020-03-25T22:57:08-07:00April 6th, 2020|Categories: Plant Knowledge, Plant Pests, Plant Technician Skills|0 Comments

Use pesticides responsibly Sometimes it's necessary to treat the plants in your care with pesticides. Their health is important and yours is, as well. Always be sure to apply these 10 safety tips the next you use pesticides. Always read the label and follow the instructions exactly. Never eat, drink or smoke while using [...]

30 03, 2020

Deep Spring Cleaning

By |2019-06-01T11:37:35-07:00March 30th, 2020|Categories: Customer Service, Plant Technician Skills|0 Comments

Okay, that’s silly, even giddy! But that’s how I get when I think of spring. I get a feeling of rejuvenation, of making a fresh start. You know what I’m talking about. After weeks of dark, cold, and maybe snow, one morning I notice that the sun is shining even though it’s still early. Spring—it’s in [...]

25 03, 2020

Handling Conflicts & Confrontation

By |2019-06-01T11:26:54-07:00March 25th, 2020|Categories: Customer Service, Plant Technician Skills|0 Comments

All of us... our families, our friends, our casual acquaintances, and our customers, are worried about the economy, job security, national security, global warming and everything else our modern society has to throw at us. These are trying times. Think back over the past year, how often have you walked into an account to find empty [...]

23 03, 2020

Control Strategics!

By |2019-06-01T11:09:28-07:00March 23rd, 2020|Categories: IPM - Integrated Pest Management, Plant Knowledge, Plant Technician Skills|0 Comments

When a disease is detected in the interiorscape, it must be controlled or eradicated. Left unchecked, a biotic (infectious) disease can spread throughout an entire interiorscape. And an abiotic (noninfectious) disease may develop secondary infections, leading to further complications. Before implementing control measures, know what type of pathogen (disease-causing agent) is infecting the plant, the length [...]

23 03, 2020

Container Gardening

By |2019-06-01T11:17:04-07:00March 23rd, 2020|Categories: Plant Knowledge, Plant Technician Skills|0 Comments

When clients add colorful pots of flowers to front entrances, rooftop gardens, sidewalk cafes and courtyards, they often ask their interiorscape company to care for them. As the technician servicing the account, you may be asked to add outdoor maintenance to your schedule. Your challenge will be to keep the flowers healthy and full until the [...]

18 03, 2020

What’s Your Handle?

By |2019-06-01T10:56:26-07:00March 18th, 2020|Categories: Customer Service, Plant Technician Skills|0 Comments

When people ask, "What do you do?", how do you respond? Do you say, "1 water plants" or do you go into a long explanation describing your many tasks? Just as medical technicians have job titles (radiologist for x-ray technician, or phlebotomist for the person who draws blood), plant care technicians also need titles to describe [...]

16 03, 2020

Determining Pesticide Toxicity

By |2019-06-01T10:49:41-07:00March 16th, 2020|Categories: IPM - Integrated Pest Management, Plant Pests, Plant Technician Skills|0 Comments

Many interiorscapers have stopped relying solely on pesticides to control insects and mites on indoor plants. Instead, they rely on Integrated Pest Management (IPM), a combination of cultural and mechanical controls, plus least toxic pesticides. When targeting a problem, the least toxic pesticides are generally considered to be the last control measure — to be used [...]

11 03, 2020

Dictionary of Terms

By |2019-05-31T09:31:26-07:00March 11th, 2020|Categories: Plant Knowledge, Plant Technician Skills|0 Comments

When horticulturists in your company begin to "talk shop," do you sometimes feel like you're standing on foreign soil? Do you frown in puzzlement when they toss out phrases like vascular bundles, air layering and sucker growth? If so, you're not alone. The language of horticulture, while sometimes confusing, is essential for effective communication. To tackle [...]

9 03, 2020

Coping With a Crisis

By |2019-05-31T09:08:07-07:00March 9th, 2020|Categories: Customer Service, Plant Knowledge, Plant Technician Skills|0 Comments

Are you prepared to handle unexpected situations? Your reaction to a crisis can either save an account or damage the good relationship your company has with the client. To give you practice responding to different crises, envision the following situations and measure your reaction against the described response. Talk with your supervisor about your company's policy [...]

4 03, 2020

Making Plants Last Longer

By |2019-05-31T09:00:31-07:00March 4th, 2020|Categories: Plant Technician Skills|0 Comments

Over the years, rising overhead costs have forced interiorscapers to delay replacing plants in order to control expenses. Old plants, hanging onto life by one or two leaves, will ruin an account; but, aging plants, maintained properly to stay full, can be beautiful for many years. To extend a plant's life without sacrificing plant quality, it [...]