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13 03, 2019

Spring To-Do List

By |2018-12-29T15:05:11-07:00March 13th, 2019|Categories: Plant Knowledge, Plant Technician Skills|0 Comments

Increase watering as the season changes and temperatures rise. Check moisture levels before you water. Write a to-do list to keep you on track Check seasonal flowers every Monday morning, as some buildings will be warm during the weekends. Fertilize interior plants that have been in account more than six months. (Careful not to [...]

11 03, 2019

Spring Pest Control Methods

By |2018-12-29T15:03:07-07:00March 11th, 2019|Categories: Budget & Revenue, IPM - Integrated Pest Management, Plant Knowledge, Plant Pests, Plant Technician Skills|0 Comments

Mealybug are active in the spring To some Spring means the scent of spring bulbs wafting through the air, to others it means lovely bird songs, but to those of us in horticulture, Spring means it’s insect season. Spring finds us with populations exploding of various insects and mites on our plant friends. As [...]

6 03, 2019

How to Care for Ivy Plant

By |2018-12-29T15:02:17-07:00March 6th, 2019|Categories: Plant Knowledge, Plant Technician Skills|0 Comments

Ivy plants are beautiful and hardy plants Plant technicians have been battling the “obnoxious” ivy for years in gardens. If left alone, ivies could possibly take over the world! But, let’s step back a moment and consider the ivy (and tropical plants) in the interiorscape. Similar to the many varieties of tropical plants horticulturalists [...]

4 03, 2019

Plant Spotlight – Chamaedorea falcifera

By |2018-12-29T15:01:41-07:00March 4th, 2019|Categories: Plant Knowledge, Plant Technician Skills, Tip of the Month|0 Comments

Chamaedorea falcifera I have a new favorite plant, a tall very hardy palm closely related to our old friend the Bamboo palm, (Chamaedorea seifrizii). After 33 years in this industry it’s always fun to “discover” a new plant to add to our collection. This one is called Chamaedorea falcifera. Apparently I’m not the only [...]

27 02, 2019

Air Plant Facts

By |2018-07-15T22:19:22-07:00February 27th, 2019|Categories: Plant Knowledge, Plant Technician Skills|0 Comments

Air plants are amazing Many species of Tillandsia are ageotropic; they grow irrespective of gravity. You can mount air plants to a support in any position, even upside down. There is no wrong way to mount them. Tillandsias are hardly ever bothered by insects or mites. They hang in the air with no soil, [...]

25 02, 2019

3 Green Tips for Interior Plant Technicians

By |2018-12-29T15:00:20-07:00February 25th, 2019|Categories: Budget & Revenue, Plant Technician Skills, Sample Articles|0 Comments

Going green is easy As part of the Green Industry we need to lead the way to help our world get going greener. Carry a cloth bag for your leaf scraps and trimmings and then empty it in greens compost bins now available in many commercial buildings. If no such bin exists take to [...]

20 02, 2019

6 Travel Safety Tips for Plant Technicians

By |2018-12-29T15:11:06-07:00February 20th, 2019|Categories: Customer Service, Plant Technician Skills|0 Comments

Get there safely As an interior plant technician, you will spend a lot of time driving to your accounts. It's important to always plan for any inconveniences you may encounter while driving. Here’s a checklist for staying safe when you’re in transit. Know something about where you’re going before you get there. That means [...]

18 02, 2019

Good Communication Skills for Better Customer Service

By |2018-12-29T15:09:08-07:00February 18th, 2019|Categories: Customer Service, Plant Technician Skills|0 Comments

Great customer service matters As an interior plant technician who strives to provide the best customer service at all times, it's best to remember that great communication skills provide for smooth transactions. Sometimes words add turbulence rather than smoothing over a sticky situation. Use those same words with an angry customer and you could [...]

13 02, 2019

How to Prune Arboricolas

By |2018-12-29T15:08:28-07:00February 13th, 2019|Categories: Plant Knowledge, Plant Technician Skills|0 Comments

Don't wait until pruning is overdue Does your Schefflera arboricola look more like a sprawling octopus than the compact bushy plant it was meant to be? The arboricola is one of the easiest plants to care for when you know how to maintain its shape. When the arboricolas in your care start to look [...]

11 02, 2019

Extend the Life of your Interior Plants with Pruning

By |2018-12-29T14:55:52-07:00February 11th, 2019|Categories: Plant Knowledge, Plant Technician Skills|0 Comments

Pruning leaves helps your plants thrive Plants in the interiorscape can live long healthy lives when they are maintained properly. For the interior plant technician, this means keeping the foliage clean, responding to the plant’s water needs and monitoring pest problems. Although light, temperature and humidity are largely out of the technician’s control, she [...]