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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 [...]

4 12, 2019

Tips on Selecting “Quality” Poinsettias

By |2019-05-23T09:58:35-07:00December 4th, 2019|Categories: Christmas, Plant Knowledge, Plant Technician Skills, Seasonal & Holidays|0 Comments

Indeed the bright cheery image of poinsettias has become an integral part of the holiday season for most Americans. Native to Mexico, Euphorbia pulcherrima, commonly called poinsettia, is a succulent and needs plenty of strong light to flourish. In production, 6000 foot-candles are needed to grow a strong plant. To help you select a quality poinsettia, [...]

25 11, 2019

Out of Africa

By |2019-05-22T09:51:56-07:00November 25th, 2019|Categories: Plant Knowledge, Plant Technician Skills|0 Comments

Africa, being the second largest continent is the home to many of our plant friends. It's land mass covers one-fifth of the world's land surface, with the equator bisecting the continent at almost exactly midpoint. Its geographical location and its enormity make it a vast wonderland for plants. With 22,469 miles of coastline, the world's largest [...]

20 11, 2019

The Fungus Among Us

By |2019-05-22T09:21:16-07:00November 20th, 2019|Categories: Plant Knowledge, Plant Pests, Plant Technician Skills|0 Comments

From a tropical plant's point of view, winter is just an all-around bad thing. It is cold, far beyond what a tropical plant prefers. It is dark for too long within each twenty-four hour day. The heated indoor air is too dry, lacking needed humidity for proper growth. And, the air is stagnant, there are no [...]