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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, [...]

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 [...]

27 11, 2019

The Holidays Are Coming

By |2019-05-23T09:35:22-07:00November 27th, 2019|Categories: Christmas, Plant Technician Skills, Seasonal & Holidays|0 Comments

No sooner is summer over, than we need to begin to think of the holidays. In our world of interiorscaping that's just how it goes. Our busy times begin before Thanksgiving and don't let up until after the last poinsettias are replaced and the decorations put away. We don't have time for a break until usually [...]

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 [...]

18 11, 2019

Fa La La La La…

By |2019-05-22T08:38:13-07:00November 18th, 2019|Categories: Plant Technician Skills, Seasonal & Holidays|0 Comments

Whoa, let's take it one holiday at a time, shall we? Enjoying each month and its special holiday season is very important to me. 1 particularly enjoy adding 'harvest' accents to the planters in November knowing that immediately after Thanksgiving, the look and ambience will drastically change. Our clients want to enjoy each holiday individually as [...]

18 11, 2019

Toxic Tropicals

By |2019-05-22T09:04:17-07:00November 18th, 2019|Categories: Plant Knowledge, Plant Technician Skills|0 Comments

An old myth that re-surfaces every year at this time is that poinsettias are poisonous. You will undoubtedly be asked, at least once, about this old wives tale. Here's the truth straight from the experts at Paul Ecke Ranch; "The widespread tradition that poinsettias are poisonous is a misconception." An extensive study was done by [...]

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 [...]

4 11, 2019

Aspidistras Iron Will

By |2019-05-20T13:44:16-07:00November 4th, 2019|Categories: Plant Knowledge, Plant Technician Skills|0 Comments

The Aspidistra elatior...commonly known as the Cast Iron Plant is a hard-working, long-living plant for dark spaces. Aspidistra was given the common name for its ability to withstand all kinds of abuse. It is a plant that has been used in the interior environment for centuries. Every kind of interior condition from low light, to over [...]

30 10, 2019

Anatomy of a Rot

By |2019-05-16T09:59:39-07:00October 30th, 2019|Categories: Plant Knowledge, Plant Technician Skills|0 Comments

The 14" character marginata arrives at the wholesaler on a Friday afternoon. The plant is unsleeved and thrust roughly in amongst other Dracaena marginatas. Anticipating a hot weekend, a worker hurriedly splashes water in all the containers. The media already wet from the grower, now becomes saturated. Water drips on foliage from hanging irrigation tubing. The [...]