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5 04, 2021

How to Control Scale Insects

By |2020-03-25T22:56:41-07:00April 5th, 2021|Categories: Budget & Revenue, IPM - Integrated Pest Management, Plant Knowledge, Plant Pests, Plant Technician Skills, Sample Articles|0 Comments

Visible scale insects on the plant stem and surrounding leaves When you walk under that 16’ Ficus and your shoes stick to the carpet, like in an old movie theater, you have scale. When your Spathiphyllum looks like somebody has dribbled a can of soda over some of its leaves, you quite possibly have [...]

19 02, 2021

Plant Pests & Control Methods

By |2020-03-25T22:43:51-07:00February 19th, 2021|Categories: Plant Knowledge, Plant Pests, Plant Technician Skills|0 Comments

Control pest infestations for healthier plants As an interior plant technician, it's important to carefully check over each plant with every visit to inspect it for possible pest outbreaks. Diagnosing a pest population on a plant before it requires replacement or a Special Services spray is critical to your work. There are several steps [...]

13 12, 2020

Plant Spotlight – Clivia miniata

By |2020-03-25T22:46:02-07:00December 13th, 2020|Categories: Plant Knowledge, Plant Pests, Plant Technician Skills|0 Comments

Beautiful Clivia miniata Clivia miniata is a wonderfully hardy, long-living herbaceous plant with an exceptional bloom display at the end of winter. Clivia is a member of the amaryllis family and is named after Charlotte Clive, Duchess of Northumberland, who developed it as an indoor plant in 1866. Clivias have thick, straplike leaves and large [...]

13 11, 2020

Plant Spotlight – Epipremnum

By |2020-03-25T22:47:20-07:00November 13th, 2020|Categories: Plant Knowledge, Plant Pests, Plant Technician Skills|0 Comments

Jade pothos Epipremnum aureum is a wonderful addition to any interiorscape. Also known as Golden Pothos, this plant was formerly known as Scindapsus aureus. A member of the Araceae (Philodendron) family, they are native to the monsoon tropics of Malaysia. Here they are tropical climbers, creeping by rootlets, attaching to tree trunks to climb upwards through [...]

8 11, 2020

Neem Oil for Organic Pest Control

By |2020-03-25T22:47:26-07:00November 8th, 2020|Categories: Budget & Revenue, Plant Knowledge, Plant Pests, Plant Technician Skills|0 Comments

Neem oil treats pests organically Here's something new to try in the war against insects taking over your interiorscapes. Neem oil is a natural, organic insect and pest control made by pressing the seeds of the neem tree (Azadircta indica). This plant is native to East India and Burma, and is a tropical evergreen [...]

6 11, 2020

Identification & Treatment of Mildew on Interior Plants

By |2020-03-25T22:47:34-07:00November 6th, 2020|Categories: Plant Knowledge, Plant Pests, Plant Technician Skills, Sample Articles|0 Comments

Watch out for signs of mildew on ivy plants One day, when watering your favorite grape ivy, you may discover something new. A white, floury deposit is suddenly covering the new growth! What could it be? This powdery looking deposit is actually mildew. Various conditions like fluctuating temperatures and stagnant interior air can create [...]

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. [...]

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