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17 02, 2020

To Feed or Not to Feed

By |2019-05-27T17:15:37-07:00February 17th, 2020|Categories: Plant Knowledge, Plant Technician Skills|0 Comments

The horrors of low light, offices too warm or too cold, and the indecisions of whether the Ficus really needs a drink this week are starting to fade as we enter early spring. Plants, in general, are coming out of their winter dormancy and we are on the cusp of the growing season for our beloved [...]

10 02, 2020

Say it With Flowers

By |2019-05-27T16:30:30-07:00February 10th, 2020|Categories: Plant Knowledge, Plant Technician Skills|0 Comments

Flowers have become associated with sentiments, often with the purpose of conveying amorous thought. In the 1600s in the ancient city of Constantinople (now called Istanbul), flowers gained meanings which enabled lovers to convey messages to each other without having to write or talk. Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, a celebrated letter-writer and society poet who, in [...]

7 02, 2020

Fluoride Injury

By |2019-06-06T08:49:21-07:00February 7th, 2020|Categories: Plant Knowledge|Tags: |0 Comments

Fluoride toxicity is a common problem that mars the appearance of many foliage plants including ']anet Craig', 'Warneckif, 'Massangeana' cane, spider plant, Cordyline, parlor palm, Calathea, Maranta and Yucca. Often fluoride injury is so severe that replacement is required. One of the sources of fluoride is fluoridated municipal water, added to water to prevent tooth decay. [...]

3 02, 2020

Cymbidium Orchids… Rare Beauties

By |2019-05-27T16:14:25-07:00February 3rd, 2020|Categories: Plant Knowledge, Plant Technician Skills|0 Comments

One of the most beautiful (and most expensive) orchids to use in interiorscapes is the Cymbidium orchid. Because of their expense, I always hope to get at least four weeks of bloom time out of them in an account. But sometimes that doesn't work out; in a week they are dropping all of their blooms. Do [...]

29 01, 2020

The Function of Flowers

By |2019-05-27T16:01:26-07:00January 29th, 2020|Categories: Plant Knowledge, Plant Technician Skills|0 Comments

Everyone loves flowers. Their beauty and fragrance have made them an important part of human culture and therefore a critical part of the interiorscape business. From the plant's point of view, however, flowers are the key to survival itself. The beauty and fragrance we enjoy are part of an elaborate advertising system which encourages pollination, assures [...]

15 01, 2020

Winter Damage

By |2019-05-26T13:24:17-07:00January 15th, 2020|Categories: Plant Knowledge, Plant Technician Skills, Seasonal & Holidays|0 Comments

Winter conditions bring about a change in the interiorscape environment. Learn to recognize potential problems brought on by temperature and humidity fluctuations. Adjust your maintenance routine to accommodate the unique situations you encounter during these cold winter months. Environmental fluctuations Temperature and humidity levels in commercial buildings can fluctuate wildly during the winter. Hot, dry air [...]

8 01, 2020

6 Secrets To Plant Health: Part 1

By |2019-05-26T12:26:01-07:00January 8th, 2020|Categories: Plant Knowledge, Plant Technician Skills|0 Comments

Professional plant technicians develop the skills to maintain and improve plants placed in their care. They're "caretakers," not merely "plant replacers." They safeguard the client's investment and work hard to help plants flourish. To be a professional "caretaker," it is important to understand the factors that influence plant health. While many horticulturists say there are only [...]

6 01, 2020

Spotlighting… Phoenix roebelenii

By |2019-05-23T13:36:38-07:00January 6th, 2020|Categories: Plant Knowledge, Plant Technician Skills|0 Comments

A member of the Palmae family. Phoenix roebelenii (Fee-nix rowbuhl-LEEN-ee-eye) have gracefully arching, feathery fronds radiating from the center of sturdy trunks. Palm anatomy Palms have unique botanical features setting them apart from other interiorscape plants. Palms do not have a distinct xylem and phloem, but possess a series of vascular bundles randomly scattered throughout the [...]

1 01, 2020

Leaf Tipping

By |2020-02-13T23:49:56-08:00January 1st, 2020|Categories: Plant Knowledge, Plant Technician Skills|2 Comments

Yellow leaf tips, perhaps ringed with brown...not a pretty sight. Other than full-out wilt of a plant there really is no other sign that says more clearly to us as horticultural technicians, that a plant needs our help. It is so frustrating to see brown and/or yellow tips scarring the beauty of an interior plant. They [...]

23 12, 2019

Prevent Costly Vehicle Repairs

By |2019-05-23T11:55:05-07:00December 23rd, 2019|Categories: Plant Knowledge|0 Comments

Hey! Have you noticed? It's winter out there. The cold that's hard on you is also hard on your car. Your car needs an oil change or a tire rotation - just one more chore that can fail through the cracks. And it happens a lot. A variety of maintenance issues can be well on the [...]