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23 05, 2018

Understanding Plant Diseases

By | 2018-05-10T10:08:37+00:00 May 23rd, 2018|Categories: Featured Article, Interior Plants, Money Tips, Pests, Plant Knowledge, Plant Technician Skills|0 Comments

Plant diseases will change the appearance of a plant A broad definition of a plant disease is any condition in which a plant varies in some way from a normal/healthy plant either in structure or function. The plant can appear to be shorter, have more, less or deformed branches and fewer leaves that somehow [...]

21 05, 2018

Useful Tips for Insect Season

By | 2018-05-10T10:09:17+00:00 May 21st, 2018|Categories: Interior Plants, Money Tips, Pests, Plant Knowledge, Plant Technician Skills|0 Comments

Pesky aphids damage plants Welcome to bug season. With the warmer weather comes the sudden rise in insect populations. A plant that has been “pest-free” in the cooler months is unexpectedly overcome with spider mites. The pothos is suddenly infested with mealybugs. Aphids are feasting on the new growth of your Schefflera arboricola. What [...]

30 04, 2018

How to Control Mealybugs

By | 2018-05-10T09:00:21+00:00 April 30th, 2018|Categories: Interior Plants, Pests, Plant Knowledge, Plant Technician Skills|1 Comment

Aglaonema maria is prone to mealybugs There is nothing harder than getting rid of a mealybug infestation. Well, maybe scale. When you spot those telltale white cottony blobs on the Aglaonema in the planter at the mall you just have to moan ‘cause you know you’re in for a fight.' By the time you [...]

16 04, 2018

Plant Spotlight – Fishtail Palms

By | 2018-05-10T09:05:42+00:00 April 16th, 2018|Categories: Featured Article, Interior Plants, Pests, Plant Knowledge, Plant Technician Skills|0 Comments

Caryota mitis - Fishtail palm What is the correct way to trim a fishtail? Do I use pinking shears or just cut straight across?  The answer to this question is of course neither... if you are needing to trim tips, it’s because you are doing something terribly wrong in caring for the plant. Many [...]

9 04, 2018

How to Control Scale Insects

By | 2018-05-10T09:07:15+00:00 April 9th, 2018|Categories: Free Promo Article, Interior Plants, Money Tips, Pests, Plant Knowledge, Plant Technician Skills|0 Comments

Check Spathiphyllum for scale insects When you walk under that 16’ Ficus and your shoes stick to the carpet, like in an old movie theater, you have scale. When your Spathiphyllum looks like somebody has dribbled a can of soda over some of its leaves, you quite possibly have scale. When you see ants [...]

4 04, 2018

10 Pesticide Safety Tips

By | 2018-05-10T09:07:58+00:00 April 4th, 2018|Categories: Interior Plants, Pests, Plant Knowledge, Plant Technician Skills|0 Comments

Use pesticides responsibly Sometimes it's necessary to treat the plants in your care with pesticides. Their health is important and yours is, as well. Always be sure to apply these 10 safety tips the next you use pesticides. Always read the label and follow the instructions exactly. Never eat, drink or smoke while using [...]

2 04, 2018

A Brief History of Plant Pests

By | 2018-05-10T09:08:45+00:00 April 2nd, 2018|Categories: Featured Article, Interior Plants, Money Tips, Pests, Plant Knowledge, Plant Technician Skills|0 Comments

Many insects affect plant health About 10,000 years ago, the last of the Pleistocene glaciers had retreated and it was the dawn of a new age for humans. Someone picked some seeds from a favorite grain plant and saved them. Then, in a favorable place where game was plentiful, this person planted these seeds. [...]

19 03, 2018

Why it’s Important to Clean Tropical Plants

By | 2018-05-10T09:11:59+00:00 March 19th, 2018|Categories: Featured Article, Free Promo Article, Interior Plants, Pests, Plant Knowledge, Plant Technician Skills|0 Comments

Keep your plants looking their best Sometimes there just seems to be dust and dirt everywhere! Dusty Dracaenas, forlorn Ficus, splattered Spathiphyllum and cobwebbed Clivias. Keeping your plants clean is just as important as making sure they are properly watered. The health of the plant depends on your attention to their cleanliness. Use Your [...]

12 03, 2018

Spring Weather & Pest Infestations

By | 2018-05-10T09:13:34+00:00 March 12th, 2018|Categories: Free Promo Article, Interior Plants, Pests, Plant Knowledge, Plant Technician Skills|0 Comments

Check your Calathea plant for pest infestations It’s that time of year again… early spring. It's been warming up for months now and the humidity is low. Perfect for those insect surprise attacks. This can happen on plants you have come to know well and trust to be pest-free. For example, maybe you have [...]

19 02, 2018

Plant Pests & Control Methods

By | 2018-05-10T09:19:02+00:00 February 19th, 2018|Categories: Featured Article, Interior Plants, Pests, Plant Knowledge, Plant Technician Skills|0 Comments

Control pest infestations for healthier plants As an interior plant technician, it's important to carefully check over each plant with every visit to inspect it for possible pest outbreaks. Diagnosing a pest population on a plant before it requires replacement or a Special Services spray is critical to your work. There are several steps [...]