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25 05, 2020

Understanding Spider Mites

By |2020-03-25T23:06:23-07:00May 25th, 2020|Categories: Plant Knowledge, Plant Pests, Plant Technician Skills|0 Comments

Dracaena marginata is prone to spider mites The month of May might bring up lovely images of fresh spring flowers for some people, but it also brings nightmarish pictures of multitudes of spider mites living on interior plants. When warm weather hits and the day length gets longer, mites are having a feast. Mites [...]

18 05, 2020

Understanding Plant Diseases

By |2020-03-25T23:05:22-07:00May 18th, 2020|Categories: Budget & Revenue, Plant Knowledge, Plant Pests, 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 [...]

13 04, 2020

Plant Spotlight – Fishtail Palms

By |2020-03-25T22:58:35-07:00April 13th, 2020|Categories: Plant Knowledge, Plant Pests, 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 [...]

6 04, 2020

A Brief History of Plant Pests

By |2020-03-25T22:54:49-07:00April 6th, 2020|Categories: Budget & Revenue, IPM - Integrated Pest Management, Plant Knowledge, Plant Pests, 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. [...]

6 04, 2020

10 Pesticide Safety Tips

By |2020-03-25T22:57:08-07:00April 6th, 2020|Categories: Plant Knowledge, Plant Pests, 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 [...]

16 03, 2020

Determining Pesticide Toxicity

By |2019-06-01T10:49:41-07:00March 16th, 2020|Categories: IPM - Integrated Pest Management, Plant Pests, Plant Technician Skills|0 Comments

Many interiorscapers have stopped relying solely on pesticides to control insects and mites on indoor plants. Instead, they rely on Integrated Pest Management (IPM), a combination of cultural and mechanical controls, plus least toxic pesticides. When targeting a problem, the least toxic pesticides are generally considered to be the last control measure — to be used [...]

2 03, 2020

Identifying Insects and Mites

By |2019-05-31T08:45:57-07:00March 2nd, 2020|Categories: IPM - Integrated Pest Management, Plant Pests, Plant Technician Skills|0 Comments

Successful integrated pest management (IPM) programs tailor a series of pest control strategies to the specific pest damaging the plant. The first step in any IPM program is to correctly identify the pest to be controlled. Insects vs mites Insects and mites are animals belonging to the Phyla Arthropoda and have similar basic characteristics such as [...]

26 02, 2020

Pesticide Safety Tips

By |2019-05-27T17:39:40-07:00February 26th, 2020|Categories: Plant Pests, Plant Technician Skills|0 Comments

Always read the label and follow the instructions exactly. Never eat, drink or smoke while using a pesticide. Keep all pesticides in original containers with their labels clearly visible. You should store the containers in an airtight box to prevent breathing of the fumes. Wear long sleeves, long pants, socks, rubber shoes, goggles and gloves. Gloves [...]

2 12, 2019

Gnat Gnews

By |2019-05-23T09:44:25-07:00December 2nd, 2019|Categories: Plant Pests, Plant Technician Skills, Seasonal & Holidays|0 Comments

It's that time of year again... when fungus gnat populations are on the rise. If you have a plant in an account with fungus gnats, put it on a water starvation diet. I can't stress enough how important this step is to eliminating gnats. Gnats breed in moist conditions. If you eliminate the ideal environment for [...]

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 [...]

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