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22 07, 2019

That’s Just the Way the Plant Leans

By |2019-04-10T11:29:38-07:00July 22nd, 2019|Categories: Plant Knowledge, Plant Technician Skills|0 Comments

Ever notice plants listing towards a window or light source? The entire plant strains in one direction. They look as if they are "looking out the window" or perhaps listing like a boat that is unbalanced. If not corrected a boat may sink. A plant that is listing will continue to grow lopsided, look unattractive and [...]

17 07, 2019

Diseases in the Interiorscape: Part 2

By |2019-04-09T16:08:29-07:00July 17th, 2019|Categories: Plant Knowledge, Plant Technician Skills|0 Comments

Noninfectious Disease Agents Some of the most difficult diseases to diagnose are caused by noninfectious (abiotic) agents. Abiotic symptoms can be non-specific and are often similar to symptoms associated with infectious diseases. Plants weakened by noninfectious agents may develop secondary infections which further confuses the diagnosis. Disease-Causing Factors Noninfectious diseases develop due to the presence or [...]

15 07, 2019

Diseases in the Interiorscape: Part 1

By |2019-04-09T16:08:53-07:00July 15th, 2019|Categories: Plant Knowledge, Plant Technician Skills|0 Comments

Infectious Plant Pathogens The interiorscape is a foreign environment for most tropical plants. Providing them with the proper moisture, nutrition and environmental conditions for optimum health is a constant balancing act. Plants weakened by improper care or incorrect environmental conditions can develop diseases. Defining Plant Disease Plant disease affects plants in two ways: it interferes with [...]

10 07, 2019

It’s time… Summertime!

By |2019-04-09T14:11:50-07:00July 10th, 2019|Categories: Plant Knowledge, Plant Technician Skills|0 Comments

Summer's heat is upon us and our containerized exterior plants need lots and lots of water to keep them growing and looking their best. If they should go too dry between waterings they will develop that lackluster, stressed look that is most unprofessional. It's time to water heavily and frequently on those outdoor pots. Hydretain [...]

8 07, 2019

Spotlighting: Cactus

By |2019-04-02T16:44:42-07:00July 8th, 2019|Categories: Plant Knowledge, Plant Technician Skills, Tip of the Month|0 Comments

Cacti are a fascinating group of enchanting plants making beautiful standalone pieces in the interiorscape, particularly in areas with a lot of light. Its popularity with interiorscapers is due to its no-nonsense "leave-me-alone-and give-me-maximum-light" qualities. Cactus will survive for many years with very little care even in buildings with wide temperature extremes, making them a plant [...]

5 07, 2019

5 Vocab Terms for Interiorscapers

By |2019-04-30T10:37:34-07:00July 5th, 2019|Categories: Plant Knowledge|Tags: |0 Comments

Resurgence: when pesticides kill off natural pest enemies and populations rebound. Secondary pest outbreak: when natural enemies of potential pests are killed bringing them to pest status Residues: the number of pesticides remaining in or on plants after a pesticide spray. The residue can also be in or on soil and in water - these move [...]

3 07, 2019

Problem Solving Tools

By |2019-04-01T19:05:10-07:00July 3rd, 2019|Categories: Plant Knowledge, Plant Technician Skills|0 Comments

It's summer, which means it's tool time. There are some great tools out there to help you sweat a little less while still getting the job done. Maybe you've heard of some of the tools. But if you haven't, maybe you'll learn a few "new" tricks of the trade. Here are some uses for conventional tools [...]

1 07, 2019

Clean it up!

By |2019-04-01T18:08:34-07:00July 1st, 2019|Categories: Plant Knowledge, Plant Technician Skills|0 Comments

Does everything seem especially dusty to you right now? It does to me. Maybe the sun is shining into our accounts at a different angle and we can see the dust better. Sometimes there just seems to be dust and dirt everywhere! Let's break down the dirt and dust, and learn some new techniques to keep [...]

26 06, 2019

The Restaurant Account

By |2019-04-01T15:30:11-07:00June 26th, 2019|Categories: Plant Knowledge|0 Comments

The presence of plants in restaurants and cafes are booming, but what is it about the food service biz that makes our jobs so challenging? Top 10 complaints from interiorscapers across the United States: Dirty, greasy plants (from food fumes) Torn leaves High plant turnover Limited service hours High management turnover Slow bill paying Pest control [...]

24 06, 2019

Spotlighting: Blooming Bromeliads

By |2019-03-30T15:54:02-07:00June 24th, 2019|Categories: Plant Knowledge, Plant Technician Skills|1 Comment

Bromeliad assortment Just in case you haven't heard, bromeliads (bro-mill-ee-ads) are a happening plant right now. There are so many great new varieties showing up for interiorscape use. It’s like a veritable candy shop of choices and there are colors and styles for every design theme you can imagine. It’s our opinion that the [...]