Posts Tagged 'tropical plant care'

Norfolk Island Pine – Araucaria heterophylla

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Looking for a long lasting alternative to a fresh cut Christmas tree for your home or office? Consider a Norfolk Island Pine Tree. This unique tree is native to Norfolk Island, a small island in the Pacific Ocean between Australia, New Zealand and New Caledonia. It is sometimes called a star pine or triangle tree, although it is not a true pine. In its native habitat, it can grow to heights of 50-60 meters. It has been widely distributed as an ornamental landscape tree in humid-subtropical climate regions of Australia, Brazil, Chile, New Zealand, ...

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Insects on Tropical Plants Part 2 – How to identify, treat and prevent

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Our last blog looked at three common insects that can infest the tropical plants in your home and office. This week we will look at the remaining common insects: thrips, fungus gnats, aphids and whitefly.

Thrips are the common name given to a genus of insect with over 6000 species. Only a few are an issue with indoor tropical plants. This is the most serious insect that can affect plants, as it can spread rapidly and does significant damage. It is also ...

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Plant of the Month – Orchid

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The much-loved orchid is a member of the family Orchidaceae, the second largest family of flowering plants, consisting of over 20,000 species! In addition, commercial producers of orchids have developed over 100,000 horticultural varieties.

The species that people are most familiar with is Phalaenopsis, pictured on the right. The number of spectacular colours and patterns that are available in this species is endless. Deep purples, mottled white and purple, yellows with delicate pink centers, and pinks of every shade, to name ...

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