Plant Tips and Tricks

Do the research before you purchase plants.

It is important to remember that plants are living things, not just art that hangs on a wall or sits in a lobby. Do some research before you purchase a plant. Take time to examine our plant reference guide and decide which plant is best for your office. Think long term, that umbrella tree will fit great on your desk today, but what about when it’s full grown?

Can you really catch more flies with honey than with vinegar?

A common problem with office plants is an infestation of Fungus gnats. Fungus gnats are small, dark-colored flies that jump and fly across the office plant potting soil surface. Studies show that gnats are attracted to vinegar. Fill a jar almost to the top with vinegar, poke several small holes in the lid and then set it out.

Identifying the Greenhouse Whitefly

The Greenhouse Whitefly is most commonly seen as an adult, but detecting them at a young stage can go a long way towards saving your plant. They are commonly found on plants such as poinsettias, ivy, hibiscus, and lantana. Plant safe pesticides are very effective in removing white flies, but simply vacuuming them is also a good solution.

Less is sometimes more

It is easy to assume that the more fertilizer a plant has the better it will grow; this however, could not be further from the truth. Over fertilization of your plant’s soil can damage your plant to the point of no return. If this were to occur, by accident, you can attempt to dissolve the fertilizer with clear water. Flush your plant out completely three or four times in half hour increments, and hopefully the plant won’t be lost.

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