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Insects on tropical plants – How to identify, treat and prevent

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Is there something going on with your office or house plants? They are declining, but you can’t figure out why?   If there has been no change in the plant’s environment or care, you may have an insect issue. Insects on tropical plants can be very hard to detect in the early stages. It is often not  apparent until a full-blown infestation is present.

Regular inspection for evidence of insects should be part of caring for indoor tropical plants, whether in your home or ...

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Plant of the Month – Aralia (Polyscias species)

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Looking for an unusual but striking tropical office plant that you will not see in the big box stores? Consider one of the many species of Aralia. These elegant and interesting plants can be a bit tricky to care for, but in the hands of a professional interior landscaper, they can be a unique addition to a plantscape. The three most common species are the Ming aralia (Polyscias fruticosa), Balfour or Dinnerplate aralia (Polyscias balfouriana) and the Chicken gizzard aralia ...

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Plant of the Month – Agave

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The Century Plant (Agave) is a striking xerophyte with a unique shape and spikey foliage. While resembling the aloe plant, the sharp spiny teeth of the agave are its distinguishing feature. Another difference between the two plants is the aloe is a succulent (a thick and fleshy plant whose foliage and stem retains water) and the agave is a xerophyte (a plant that requires little water). Native to Mexico, Arizona and Texas, the Century Plant has adapted to ...

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Plant of the Month – Lipstick Plant (Aeschynanthus pulcher)

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The Lipstick plant (Aeschynanthus pulcher) is a popular tropical plant often used in office plantscapes. It makes a great table-top or hanging plant as the stems grow quickly and will trail down the sides of the container.
It has small dark green fleshy leaves and when the conditions are right, will produce a very unique pink or red flower. When the flower first appears, it looks just like lipstick emerging from a tube.
Native to Malaysia and South America, this ...

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Sub-irrigation system for watering tropical plants

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Your interior landscape contractor has recommended a sub-irrigation system for your new tropical office plants. What is this and is it necessary?
A sub-irrigation system allows a plant to take up as much water as it needs. It removes some of the guesswork from trying to decide how much water a plant requires. Although it seems this should be straightforward, there are many factors that affect this decision. A plant will never require the same amount of water every week. ...

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Plant of the Month- Selloum Philodendron (Philodendron bipinnatifidum)

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Looking for a large showy plant to fill a bright corner of your home or office? The Selloum Philodendron may be a good option. This non-climbing member of the Philodendron family grows quickly and is relatively easy to maintain. In its native tropical habitat, Paraguay and Brazil, it can grow to heights of 15ft and be over 10ft in width. The leaves are large, often 12-24″ long and have many wavy deep lobes around the edges.
Outdoors it does ...

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Plant of the Month – Ponytail Palm (Nolina recurvata)

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The Ponytail palm is a popular tropical plant great for both office plantscapes and as a houseplant. This unique plant is actually not a true palm. It is a member of the Lily family and native to the deserts of Mexico. It is sometimes called an Elephant’s foot due to its unique trunk which stores water. It is most often sold as a small table-top plant, either with a single plant or several smaller plants in a clump. Larger specimens ...

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Plant of the Month – Chamaedorea erumpens (Bamboo Palm)

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The Bamboo Palm is an elegant and versatile tropical plant great for use in office plantscapes. It is a multi-stem member of the Palm family usually sold at 4-6ft in height. It requires medium light making it suitable for many locations within an office. The bright green canes resemble Bamboo stalks and the leaves are delicate and drooping. A unique feature of this plant is that the leaflets at the end of the leaves are several times wider than the ...

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Plant of the Month – Ficus binnendijkii ‘Alii’ (Alii Ficus)

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The Ficus binnendijkii ‘Alii’ or Alii Ficus tree is a less commonly seen species of the Ficus genus. Most people are familiar with the Ficus benjamina or Benji tree. The Ficus ‘Alii’ has longer, more slender leaves which droop somewhat. Like the Benjamina, the Ficus ‘Alii’ requires good light. We will only recommend this tree if it will be positioned close to a west or south window. In light that is too low, the tree will quickly shed its leaves. ...

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Plant of the Month-Ivy (Hedera species)

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Ivy from the Hedera genus is likely the most recognized indoor tropical plant. Almost everyone has owned one of the dozens of varieties of this elegant plant. It is a very common tropical office plant and a favorite of house plant enthusiasts everywhere. Its popularity is likely owed to its versatility. It is tolerant of a fairly wide range of environmental conditions. It is also available in many forms: hanging baskets, climbing on trellis, shaped into topiaries, just to name ...

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