Combating Indoor Plant Pests

indoor plant pests such as mealy bugsYour interior plantscaping contractor creates interior landscape designs, then selects and installs quality indoor plants from reputable growers. Using a professional assures that the office plants in your hotel, restaurant, or other commercial location look their very best. This is no small feat, as these interior spaces sometimes present challenging growing conditions for exotic plants.

Dim light, low humidity, and high foot traffic can all take a toll on live plants. Special circumstances like lint from restaurant table linens or patron refuse in planter beds also require extra vigilance.

Interior plantscaping maintenance contracts

But an interior plantscaping maintenance contract outlining regular visits by a well-trained horticultural technician can keep tropicals in great shape. A contract will stipulate these typical plantscaping tasks:

  • Inspect each plant for overall health, posture, color, pests and diseases.
  • Prune, pinch or shape the plants as needed.
  • Dust or shine the plants on a regular schedule.
  • Check the soil for moisture and water as needed, or check the irrigation system.
  • Rotate the positions of plants as needed.
  • Treat or fertilize the plants as needed.
  • Clean planters and change top dressing as needed.
  • Schedule the plants for replacement as needed.

The specialized training horticultural technicians receive keeps them alert to the variety of insect pests and other situations that threaten indoor plant health. Spotting these issues early means prompt and effective treatment, and good monitoring and follow up.

Insects, bacteria and blight

The most common plant ailments are caused by insects or plant pathogens. Initially, these issues may be hard for a layman to spot, but can spread quickly when plants are in close quarters. Once problems are identified, proper hygiene and tool sanitation are key. Maintaining plant size and shape, and enhancing air circulation can also play a role.

Troublesome insect pests include:

  • Fungus gnats
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  • Mealy bugs
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  • Scale
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  • Spider mite
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  • Thrips
  • White flies

Plant pathogens can cause mysterious symptoms such as oddly shaped or deformed leaves, brown or wilted plants, or collapsed stems. These diseases can spread in affected soil, plant debris or even become airborne.

Once under attack, affected plants become more vulnerable to insect infestation. Again, quick treatment or removal, and good sanitation are important.

Some pathogen problems include:

  • Blight
  • Leaf spot
  • Mildew
  • Wilt

Of course, knowledgeable plant selection and proper installation, along with a well-trained plant care team decrease the likelihood of serious office plant problems. The Inside Out Services Interior Plantscaping team is well-versed in heading off issues from the first meeting with clients through design and installation all the way to ongoing interior plant maintenance visits.

 
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