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23 10, 2019

Q&A Corner

By |2019-05-15T17:13:51-07:00October 23rd, 2019|Categories: Plant Knowledge, Plant Technician Skills|0 Comments

Technicians ask us some pretty tough questions sometimes. As training consultants, managers of our own interiorscape business as well as servicing many of our own accounts weekly, we get asked questions that in order to answer involve some experience and history in the industry. Solutions to problems that seem like everyday experiences to seasoned techs and [...]

21 10, 2019

Spotlighting: Natal Mahogany

By |2019-05-15T17:05:14-07:00October 21st, 2019|Categories: Plant Knowledge, Plant Technician Skills|0 Comments

Natal Mahogany This plant has a nice columnar shape with leaves that are similar in shape to a coffee plant, though not as glossy. This plant, whose Latin name is Trichelia dregeana is a member of the Meliaceae family. This is a family of woody trees and shrubs with 51 genera. Many, including Trichelia, [...]

16 10, 2019

Autumn Color Care Tips

By |2019-05-15T15:26:06-07:00October 16th, 2019|Categories: Plant Knowledge, Plant Pests, Plant Technician Skills, Seasonal & Holidays|0 Comments

As autumn arrives bringing gold, yellow, orange, and red hues in deciduous trees outdoors, we need to reflect the season in our indoor color displays. Indoors there are many great plants to use for seasonal plantings highlighting fall colors as our theme: orange or yellow Kalanchoes, crotons, peppers, orange Guzmania bromeliads, Jerusalem cherry, and of course [...]

14 10, 2019

Plants Up High

By |2019-05-15T15:18:43-07:00October 14th, 2019|Categories: Plant Knowledge, Plant Technician Skills|0 Comments

Trailing and hanging plants provide visual interest in the interiorscape. They draw the eye into an open space at tree level without sacrificing precious floor space. Composed of a wide variety of plant species, hanging planters, trailers on top of half-walls and filing cabinets are lush and full when first installed on accounts but can quickly [...]

11 10, 2019

Rainforest Tidbits

By |2019-05-15T14:46:36-07:00October 11th, 2019|Categories: Plant Knowledge|Tags: |0 Comments

Did you know? There are more kinds of trees (plants with woody stems) in a tropical rainforest than in any other area of the world. In one section of the rainforest in South America, scientists counted 179 different species of trees in a 500 square foot section. That's a lot of trees! Plant life in the [...]

9 10, 2019

A Bit About Aralias

By |2019-05-15T14:40:21-07:00October 9th, 2019|Categories: Plant Knowledge, Plant Technician Skills|0 Comments

Ming Aralia What is it about Aralias that make us love them and hate them? They are absolutely beautiful columnar plants with long-lasting growth patterns. They are also a bit temperamental when it comes to being sensitive to temperature and water changes. Despite their fussy nature, they are getting more attention during recent years [...]

7 10, 2019

Soil Solution

By |2019-05-15T13:12:07-07:00October 7th, 2019|Categories: Plant Knowledge, Plant Technician Skills|0 Comments

Sometimes we have trouble being able to keep many of the plants at the right moisture level. Too wet? No. it must be too dry. I've been going back and forth with supplying moisture, but we can't seem to be able to get it right. The new growth is spotting, and one of the plants is [...]

2 10, 2019

When to Pass on Complaints to Your Supervisor

By |2019-05-15T13:11:48-07:00October 2nd, 2019|Categories: Customer Service, Plant Technician Skills|0 Comments

When should you pass a complaining customer on to your supervisor? Only on those rare occasions that you can't deal with it yourself. Since customer service people, such as ourselves, are the first line of defence, we should handle as many of the everyday concerns as we can. We are the ones with the constant weekly [...]

30 09, 2019

Codiaeum: The Croton

By |2019-05-15T08:22:41-07:00September 30th, 2019|Categories: Plant Knowledge, Plant Technician Skills|0 Comments

No wonder we all use the common name of croton! Hard to get your tongue wrapped around all those vowels. Yet even if it's hard to say we love to use Codiaeums in all their many varieties. Crotons can be used in so many ways and so many locations that they are one of the staples [...]

25 09, 2019

What To Do When Pests Attack

By |2019-05-15T08:07:10-07:00September 25th, 2019|Categories: Plant Knowledge, Plant Pests, Plant Technician Skills|0 Comments

When the seasons change it time to be on the lookout for surprise pest attacks. This can especially happen on plants you have come to know well and trust to be pest-free. They can sneak up on us at any time and give us a surprise attack. It's just a pest-filled world, and we have to [...]