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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 [...]

11 05, 2020

What’s in Your Potting Soil?

By |2020-03-25T23:05:01-07:00May 11th, 2020|Categories: Plant Knowledge, Plant Technician Skills, Sample Articles|0 Comments

What are the elements of good potting soil? The next time you add more potting soil to the plants in your accounts, you may be wondering what all those granules you see in the soil are? Here's a quick and simple guide to the beneficial elements found in good potting soil. Perlite: What is that [...]

4 05, 2020

10 Questions to Assess Customer Service Skills

By |2020-03-25T23:02:19-07:00May 4th, 2020|Categories: Budget & Revenue, Customer Service, Plant Technician Skills|0 Comments

What's your customer service score? Customer service is not a perfect science. You can’t write a formula for how to respond to each situation. People are unpredictable, so interactions will always have to be individualized for each situation. A key to being successful in dealing with customers is to remain flexible. Each interaction is [...]

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 [...]

30 03, 2020

Deep Spring Cleaning

By |2019-06-01T11:37:35-07:00March 30th, 2020|Categories: Customer Service, Plant Technician Skills|0 Comments

Okay, that’s silly, even giddy! But that’s how I get when I think of spring. I get a feeling of rejuvenation, of making a fresh start. You know what I’m talking about. After weeks of dark, cold, and maybe snow, one morning I notice that the sun is shining even though it’s still early. Spring—it’s in [...]

25 03, 2020

Handling Conflicts & Confrontation

By |2019-06-01T11:26:54-07:00March 25th, 2020|Categories: Customer Service, Plant Technician Skills|0 Comments

All of us... our families, our friends, our casual acquaintances, and our customers, are worried about the economy, job security, national security, global warming and everything else our modern society has to throw at us. These are trying times. Think back over the past year, how often have you walked into an account to find empty [...]

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 [...]