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18 05, 2019

The Case Against Ficus Lyrata

By |2019-03-06T12:31:59-07:00May 18th, 2019|Categories: Plant Knowledge, Plant Technician Skills|0 Comments

You've seen them. Ficus lyrata, also known as the fiddle leaf tree, are so in right now. Designers love them, and the dramatic effect they can have on a room. Nearly every new client we get these days asks for at least one Ficus lyrata, and the customer is always right! Right? As many of you [...]

13 05, 2019

Are You an Active Listener?

By |2019-03-05T15:22:44-07:00May 13th, 2019|Categories: Customer Service, Plant Technician Skills|0 Comments

When you are having a conversation with your supervisor, client or fellow technician, do you pay attention with your entire body and mind? Or do you find yourself just catching key phrases and editing what they say through your internal filters? Active listening uses a variety of our senses, including sight and sound, in order to pay [...]

8 05, 2019

Web Sightings

By |2019-03-05T09:18:05-07:00May 8th, 2019|Categories: Plant Knowledge|0 Comments

Not to be mistaken with an article about the internet, today we are talking about one of our most common interior pests: spider mites. Due to their small size and amazing reproductive capabilities, populations can often get out of our control before we even notice symptoms on plants. Spider mites spin webs as their populations increase [...]

6 05, 2019

Oh! Oh! Oedema!

By |2019-03-05T08:45:50-07:00May 6th, 2019|Categories: Plant Knowledge, Plant Technician Skills|0 Comments

A Dracaena deremensis 'Warneckei' in good light can develop leaf blotches that are troublesome and annoying. A t first glance you may think the plant has bugs that are causing cells to burst as they pierce and suck. But try as you might, you won't be able to find that bug because the source of these [...]

1 05, 2019

Tool Time for Interiorscapers

By |2019-04-16T09:16:55-07:00May 1st, 2019|Categories: Plant Knowledge, Plant Technician Skills|0 Comments

Next to our watering cans, scissors, pruners, and saws rank high on the list of required tools for interiorscapers. They function as an extension of our hands, doing the work of shaping plants, forcing new growth, cutting out diseased limbs and trimming off unsightly leaves. By keeping them clean and sharp, they make plant care easier [...]

29 04, 2019

Propagation Basics

By |2019-04-16T09:33:58-07:00April 29th, 2019|Categories: Plant Knowledge, Plant Technician Skills|0 Comments

In the spring of the year, all of us plant enthusiasts' get that annual itch in our fingertips to grow new plants. When we grow new plants we call it propagation. Propagation defined is to cause a plant or animal to reproduce itself; multiply or increase, as by natural reproduction. Two ways -to reproduce There are [...]

24 04, 2019

Time to Fertilize?

By |2019-02-26T08:07:38-07:00April 24th, 2019|Categories: Plant Knowledge, Plant Technician Skills|0 Comments

A containerized plant with a limited amount of soil around its roots will need a dose of fertilizer from time to time. While plants make their own food through a process called photosynthesis, soil nutrients are used up during this process and eventually those nutrients need replacing. Plants have the ability to manufacture their own food. [...]

22 04, 2019

Neem Oil For All

By |2019-04-10T12:54:36-07:00April 22nd, 2019|Categories: Plant Knowledge, Plant Pests, Plant Technician Skills|0 Comments

Neem oil is pressed from the seed of the neem tree (Azadirachtin indica). Native to the dry forests of eastern India, Pakistan and Burma, this tree is known by several names including "village pharmacy," "cornucopia," "wonder tree," and "the veritable gold mine." Neem leaves, stems, seeds and oil have been used for medicinal purposes and pest [...]

19 04, 2019

Eco-Friendly Offices

By |2019-04-29T12:04:39-07:00April 19th, 2019|Categories: Plant Knowledge|Tags: |0 Comments

Earth Day is right around the corner! Monday, April 22nd! As interiorscapers, we here at TropicalPlant Technicians feel that we are allies to plants all around the world. Not only do they clean our air, making it possible for us to breathe, but they also make our amazing planet a more beautiful and pleasant place to live. This [...]

17 04, 2019

Nutrient Deficiencies

By |2019-02-20T16:14:16-07:00April 17th, 2019|Categories: Plant Knowledge, Plant Technician Skills|0 Comments

All of us have made some mistakes and killed off a few plants. Overwatering, underwatering, not detecting insects until they carried the plant away, the normal stuff. But as the years go on and we learn from our mistakes, we get better at what we do, and new problems arise. Aging plants in aging soil, now [...]

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