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21 08, 2019

Top 10 Reasons Why Plants Fade

By |2019-05-07T13:33:59-07:00August 21st, 2019|Categories: Plant Knowledge|0 Comments

You walk into your favorite account looking forward to caring for your longtime plant friends. To your surprise you notice that some of them are starting to fade, slowly losing their healthy luster. What the heck is going on? Here are the top ten reasons why plants wither and slowly die in the interiorscape. The plant's [...]

19 08, 2019

Soil Basics

By |2019-05-07T07:54:02-07:00August 19th, 2019|Categories: Plant Knowledge, Plant Technician Skills|0 Comments

How do you decide how to properly water a plant? Do you check the color of the soil? Do you lift the pot to determine how heavy it is? Do you utilize a moisture meter, a soil probe or your finger? Whatever method you use, accurate watering requires understanding soil and how it affects plant growth. [...]

16 08, 2019

Seasonal Shifts Affect Plants and People

By |2019-05-07T13:22:38-07:00August 16th, 2019|Categories: Plant Knowledge|Tags: |0 Comments

September is a month of changes for our interior plants. The plants are able to sense the changing light levels outside and respond by a marked shift in their water needs and growth habits. This change happens very suddenly, overnight it often seems. In a similar sense the coming of fall in September affects people with [...]

14 08, 2019

Anthuriums for Foliage Color

By |2019-04-30T10:10:11-07:00August 14th, 2019|Categories: Plant Knowledge, Plant Technician Skills|0 Comments

Anthurium For many people, Anthuriums are best known as a source of showy cut flowers, grown in Hawaii and sent home to us on the mainland from a vacationing relative. Most Anthurium species though, of which there are over 500, do not have showy flowers. These many species of Anthurium grow in tropical jungles, [...]

12 08, 2019

Acclimating New Plants

By |2019-04-30T09:46:15-07:00August 12th, 2019|Categories: Plant Knowledge, Plant Technician Skills|0 Comments

Tropical plants are less susceptible to infestations and disease pathogens when they are acclimated to the lower light and humidity levels found in interiorscape environments. Though many plants are grown in partial shade or have been shade-conditioned by growers before shipping, others are shipped directly from high light and high humidity conditions. When they first arrive [...]

7 08, 2019

On Management: Training Steps

By |2019-04-23T13:48:09-07:00August 7th, 2019|Categories: Plant Technician Skills|0 Comments

Training someone else can sometimes be daunting. Even if your company has a person specifically assigned to train all of the new technicians, all of the managers must teach those that they supervise and all supervisors must know how to do effective on-going training of existing employees. No matter who is doing the training, there are [...]

5 08, 2019

Aralias Varieties

By |2019-04-18T14:42:33-07:00August 5th, 2019|Categories: Plant Knowledge, Plant Technician Skills|0 Comments

Dizygotheca elegantissima - False aralia Dizygotheca elegantissima (False aralia) Dizygotheca (di-zi-go-thee-ka) from the Greek meaning, 'twice yoked' refers to the flower's anthers having 4 lobes — twice the normal number; elegantissima (ay-le-gan-tis-ima), meaning 'most elegant,' refers to the plant's graceful appearance. This narrow upright aralia produces few lateral branches; pots contain multiple single-stemmed plants [...]

31 07, 2019

The Function of Leaves

By |2019-04-18T14:20:24-07:00July 31st, 2019|Categories: Plant Knowledge, Plant Technician Skills|0 Comments

During your early days of horticulture, you may not see all of the differences in the leaves of plants, but as you mature in the field you begin to notice them more and more. Some leaves are small and hairy while many are large and flat. Why are there so many shapes, sizes, colors and textures? [...]

29 07, 2019

Know Your Growing Media

By |2019-04-18T13:24:24-07:00July 29th, 2019|Categories: Plant Knowledge, Plant Technician Skills|0 Comments

The media interiorscape plants are grown in varies from grower to grower and plant to plant. Each specialized mix differs in its water-holding capacity, ability to retain nutrients and rate of decomposition. Recognizing the amendments in the mix helps you understand the impact media has on the health of the plants in your care. Basic functions [...]

24 07, 2019

Becoming a Watering Expert

By |2019-04-18T11:22:59-07:00July 24th, 2019|Categories: Plant Knowledge, Plant Technician Skills, Tip of the Month|0 Comments

Water has a special property. Its molecules stay together in lumps and attach to each other, and when lumped together, they form anything between puddles to our rivers and oceans. Plant roots tap into these grouped molecules in the soil and drink. What many people (and even some plant technicians) do not know though, is that [...]