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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 [...]

11 11, 2019

Steps to Healthy Plants

By |2019-05-20T13:49:24-07:00November 11th, 2019|Categories: Plant Pests, Plant Technician Skills|0 Comments

After detecting an infestation and correctly identifying the pest follow a pest control plan using I PM strategies that are the least harmful to the applicator, the target plant and the surrounding environment. The following 10-step approach is designed to implement pest control measures according to their relative toxicity levels. Cultural/Physical Controls Whenever possible, start with [...]

16 10, 2019

Autumn Color Care Tips

By |2019-05-15T15:26:06-07:00October 16th, 2019|Categories: Plant Knowledge, Plant Pests, Plant Technician Skills, Seasonal & Holidays|0 Comments

As autumn arrives bringing gold, yellow, orange, and red hues in deciduous trees outdoors, we need to reflect the season in our indoor color displays. Indoors there are many great plants to use for seasonal plantings highlighting fall colors as our theme: orange or yellow Kalanchoes, crotons, peppers, orange Guzmania bromeliads, Jerusalem cherry, and of course [...]

25 09, 2019

What To Do When Pests Attack

By |2019-05-15T08:07:10-07:00September 25th, 2019|Categories: Plant Knowledge, Plant Pests, Plant Technician Skills|0 Comments

When the seasons change it time to be on the lookout for surprise pest attacks. This can especially happen on plants you have come to know well and trust to be pest-free. They can sneak up on us at any time and give us a surprise attack. It's just a pest-filled world, and we have to [...]

26 08, 2019

Your Tech Questions Answered

By |2019-05-07T13:43:58-07:00August 26th, 2019|Categories: Plant Knowledge, Plant Pests, Plant Technician Skills|0 Comments

Question: How do I know when to turn a plant or not? Sometimes you say to turn a plant a 14 turn every week other times you tell me that you had to turn my plants in an account because "they were facing the wall". Answer: It's best to always have the prettiest side of the [...]