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23 03, 2020

Control Strategics!

By |2019-06-01T11:09:28-07:00March 23rd, 2020|Categories: IPM - Integrated Pest Management, Plant Knowledge, Plant Technician Skills|0 Comments

When a disease is detected in the interiorscape, it must be controlled or eradicated. Left unchecked, a biotic (infectious) disease can spread throughout an entire interiorscape. And an abiotic (noninfectious) disease may develop secondary infections, leading to further complications. Before implementing control measures, know what type of pathogen (disease-causing agent) is infecting the plant, the length [...]

23 03, 2020

Container Gardening

By |2019-06-01T11:17:04-07:00March 23rd, 2020|Categories: Plant Knowledge, Plant Technician Skills|0 Comments

When clients add colorful pots of flowers to front entrances, rooftop gardens, sidewalk cafes and courtyards, they often ask their interiorscape company to care for them. As the technician servicing the account, you may be asked to add outdoor maintenance to your schedule. Your challenge will be to keep the flowers healthy and full until the [...]

11 03, 2020

Dictionary of Terms

By |2019-05-31T09:31:26-07:00March 11th, 2020|Categories: Plant Knowledge, Plant Technician Skills|0 Comments

When horticulturists in your company begin to "talk shop," do you sometimes feel like you're standing on foreign soil? Do you frown in puzzlement when they toss out phrases like vascular bundles, air layering and sucker growth? If so, you're not alone. The language of horticulture, while sometimes confusing, is essential for effective communication. To tackle [...]

9 03, 2020

Coping With a Crisis

By |2019-05-31T09:08:07-07:00March 9th, 2020|Categories: Customer Service, Plant Knowledge, Plant Technician Skills|0 Comments

Are you prepared to handle unexpected situations? Your reaction to a crisis can either save an account or damage the good relationship your company has with the client. To give you practice responding to different crises, envision the following situations and measure your reaction against the described response. Talk with your supervisor about your company's policy [...]

24 02, 2020

Water Tips for Hot Weather

By |2020-02-24T18:45:06-08:00February 24th, 2020|Categories: Plant Knowledge|0 Comments

The sun is out and the plants know it. Most of them now need more water than they have needed during the winter months. Some days it may feel like your arms are going to fall off or your back is going to break from hauling so much water. What can you do to get the [...]

24 02, 2020

Winter Weather and Foliage Damage

By |2019-05-27T17:28:37-07:00February 24th, 2020|Categories: Plant Knowledge, Plant Technician Skills|0 Comments

We tend to use a few plants to decorate the exterior pots at building entrances that are a bit on the edge of their safe zone. Cold weather, wind and snow can damage or kill these plants. When the outdoor temperatures get so cold that soils freeze plants can't draw up moisture to their leaves. This [...]

19 02, 2020

Sooty Mold

By |2019-05-27T17:28:41-07:00February 19th, 2020|Categories: Plant Knowledge, Plant Technician Skills|0 Comments

Sooty mold is gross. It forms a black deposit on the leaf surface that blocks out light and air movement. Severe attacks can turn entire leaves completely black. Eventually, it can cause a plant to die from lack of light. I've seen 20' Ficus with 50% of their leaves sticky, black and falling off. These then [...]

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. [...]