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6 09, 2019

Fig Trees: Care & Types

By |2019-05-23T12:56:19-07:00September 6th, 2019|Categories: Plant Knowledge|Tags: |0 Comments

The word Ficus is Latin for "fig", which is appropriate for these fig bearing fruit trees. There are over 900 species of Ficus (in the form of trees, shrubs, and vines) but the most common to the interiorscpaing world are F. lyrata (fiddle-leaf), F. benjamina, and F. amstel. Light These trees prefer medium to bright light [...]

4 09, 2019

Spotlighting… Aeschynanthus

By |2019-05-08T09:18:15-07:00September 4th, 2019|Categories: Plant Knowledge, Plant Technician Skills|0 Comments

Belonging to the Gesneriaceae family, Aeschynanthus (also called the Lipstick plant) have brightly colored flowers, which differ from most other flowers in that the petals are joined at their base to form a tubular corolla. So many to enjoy There are more than 100 species of the genus Aeschynanthus and they are all long-stemmed trailers with [...]

2 09, 2019

Mildew and the Interior Plant

By |2019-05-08T08:56:19-07:00September 2nd, 2019|Categories: Plant Knowledge, Plant Technician Skills|0 Comments

One day, when watering your favorite grape ivy you may discover something new. A white, floury deposit is suddenly covering the new growth. Before you run screaming that the account is infested with anthrax, stop and read this to learn about mildew. Welcome to fall with its cooler outdoor temperatures, shorter daylight and drier, hotter, stagnant [...]

28 08, 2019

Confuted about Chlorosis?

By |2019-05-08T07:58:31-07:00August 28th, 2019|Categories: Plant Knowledge, Plant Technician Skills|0 Comments

Why is that pothos looking so pale and yellow? What is happening to my Rhapis that is making some of the older leaves turn a lemon-lime color? These and other questions regarding leaf color are part of the daily questions that can occur as you do your routes. Leaves of chlorotic plants range in color from [...]

26 08, 2019

Your Tech Questions Answered

By |2019-05-07T13:43:58-07:00August 26th, 2019|Categories: Plant Knowledge, Plant Pests, Plant Technician Skills|0 Comments

Question: How do I know when to turn a plant or not? Sometimes you say to turn a plant a 14 turn every week other times you tell me that you had to turn my plants in an account because "they were facing the wall". Answer: It's best to always have the prettiest side of the [...]

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 [...]