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  • Interior Plant Selection Plant: Peace Lily Term: Interiorscaping
  • Peace Lily
    • Spathiphyllum (“Mauna Loa”)
    • Low light requirement
    • White blooms last for 3 weeks to 1 month
    • Lightly fertilize spring & fall
    • Medium water – don’t let soil dry out
    • Propagate by division
    • Problems are rare
    • Dwarf and Standard Varieties grow from desk-top size to 4’ tall
  • Weeping Fig Ficus benjaminia
    • Shrub or tree
    • Variegated or green
    • No flowers
    • Temp: 60-85
    • Bright indirect sunlight
    • Keep soil barely moist
    • Fertilize every two weeks
    • Whitefly mealy bugs, scale & thrips
    • Leaves drop whenever conditions change
    • Propagation: Seeds, stem cuttings and air-layering in the spring through summer
  • Interiorscaping
    • The practice of designing, arranging, and caring for living plants in enclosed environments
  • Interiorscaping Firms
    • Contract for design, installation & maintenance of interior gardens for hotels, conference centers, shopping malls
    • Provide structure, lighting, & plumbing
  • Services
    • Plant Rotation
    • Plant care
    • Holiday Decorating
    • Plant rentals
  • Interior Plants
    • Tropical plants that adapt well to growing in containers under less than ideal conditions.
    • Common Names – Used by customers
    • Scientific Name – Used by growers & wholesalers
  • Permanent Plant
    • A house plant that will live and re-bloom over a many year lifespan
    • Some houseplants may be over 50 years old.
    • Examples:
      • Peace Lily
      • African Violet
      • Christmas Cactus
  • Temporary Plants
    • Plants that are sold at peak bloom and will not re-bloom for customers with normal care
    • Usually very attractive gift plants
      • Examples:
        • Poinsettias
        • Cyclamen
        • Garden Bulbs
        • Chrysanthemums
  • Tropical Plants
    • Grow under conditions that mimic nature
    • Temperatures
      • Protect from Freezing
    • Light
      • Filtered light – jungle understory
      • Bright light – desert plants
    • Water
      • Varies
    • Humidity
      • Higher than most homes
  • Caring for houseplants
    • Water
    • Most plants are killed by over-watering
    • Scratch the surface of the pot, the soil should be moist ½” down
    • Wilting may be a result of rotten roots
    • Yellow leaves
      • too much water
  • Methods of Watering
    • drench and let dry completely
    • drench and let dry slightly
    • keep media constantly moist
  • Temperature
    • recommended temperature
    • 50-85 F daytime
    • night - drop 10-15 below daytime temp
    • locate plants away from air-conditioners and drafts
  • Lighting: natural or artificial
    • measured in foot candles or klux
      • direct sun
      • partial shade or weak sun - less than 50% natural sun light
      • indirect or filtered light - no direct sun light
  • The Light Spectrum
    • Plants only use radiation energy in the visible spectrum.
    • Chlorophyll does not absorb in the green spectrum
    • Why?
  • Artificial Lighting
    • Incandescent bulbs don’t provide usable light to plants
    • Florescent bulbs provide light about 2’ from bulb
    • Grow lights provide more light in the correct wavelengths
  • Humidity
    • % of moisture in the air
    • varies with seasons
    • low in the winter
  • Increase humidity by:
    • spraying with fine mist
    • fill water tight tray with water and pea gravel, set plants in it
    • use a humidifier
    • place plants in the part of the house with the highest humidity
  • Fertilizers
    • slow release
      • small beads applied to the soil
      • nutrients are steadily released
      • plant absorbs nutrients as needed
      • avoids over feeding
  • Soluble fertilizer
    • liquid or solid
    • dissolved in water before applying
      • Compost tea
      • Fish emulsions
      • Miracle Gro
  • Soil Mixture
    • varies with each plant
      • African Violet Mix - sandy
      • Orchid Mix – chunky: lots of bark
    • organic matter helps to improve water holding capacity
    • perlite helps to keep the mix loose and easily drained
  • Containers
    • drainage should be available
    • use well drained soil mix
    • put saucer under pot to protect furniture from water
  • Potting plants
    • select appropriate container and soil mix
    • provide drainage - put rocks or put shards in the bottom of container
  • Potting plants
    • add potting mix to cover rocks
    • place plant in to check soil level
    • should be 1/2 inch below top of pot
  • Potting plants
    • fill remainder of container with media
  • Repotting
    • repot plants when:
      • they become root bound
      • roots appear at the top of soil
      • Roots grow out of the bottom
    • A few plants grow best when roots are crowded
  • Repotting
    • Separate roots to allow re-growth
    • If plant is blooming, wait until after flowering is completed
    • Select pot or container of the next larger size than the original
    • or
    • Trim roots to make plant fit in old container
  • General Care
    • Leaves
      • clean occasionally with a fine spray of water
      • wipe top and underside of leaves
  • Cleaning Leaves
    • helps to remove dust and insects
    • do not use leaf shine products
      • clogs the stomata
      • makes it hard for plants to breathe
  • Break
    • Take 5 stretch –
    • Next – Job applications
  • Job Applications
    • First impressions are important.
    • Remember to bring everything with you that you will need when filling out applications.
      • Ball point pens (black or blue ink)
      • Your fact sheet
      • Copies of your resume
    • Your completed application is a reflection of you. Make it a good one!
    • Employers use applications to decide who to interview
  • Filling Out Applications
    • Read the entire application form first: especially the instructions
    • Be polite when requesting or submitting an application.
    • Be honest in your answers.
    • Use blue or black ink pens.
    • Have a fact sheet
    • Print clearly and legibly.
    • Apply for a specific position, not "anything,"
    • Leave no blanks. Write "Does Not Apply" (or "N/A")
    • Read and check the application for completeness before turning it in to the employer.
    • Be sure to sign and date the application.
    • Mail or turn the application into the correct person or place.
  • Personal Data
    • In the name field, be sure to note in what order the employer wants your first and last names. Print neatly.
    • Use an address where you can receive mail.
    • Provide your telephone number with an area code. If you use a message number, make sure that everyone at that number knows what to say for you or that the message on a message machine is appropriate.
    • Be sure that you meet the health requirements for the job. If a physical examination is a condition of employment, the employer must pay for it and can only request it after you are hired.
    • All applications ask for information about the schools you've attended. List your education , detailing any special courses.
    • If you have any professional certification, licenses, or registrations, ie. special class driver's license.
    • List any hobbies or interests you may have. This will provide the employer with additional information about related skills.
    • If possible, avoid entering birth dates or school graduation dates on an application.
  • Work Data
    • Always fill in the space for the "Position Desired."
      • Never write "any" or "will do anything!"
      • It is acceptable to list more than one position.
    • In the salary desired field write "open" or "negotiable“
    • Don’t put in a salary figure that might be too high or too low.
    • In the availability field write "immediately," if you are available to start right away.
      • If you are currently employed, indicate that you are available to start after giving two weeks notice.
      • Giving two weeks notice makes it more likely that you will get a good reference from the employer.
    • Be knowledgeable about the hours required for the job.
  • Work Experience
    • Give your job title and dates of employment; the name, address, and phone number of the employer; and a description of your duties.
      • Might need your salary and your supervisor's name.
      • Include part-time and full-time jobs.
      • Make sure that the dates of employment don't overlap or conflict.
    • Highlight any club activities, or volunteer work, or organizations you belong to, that may relate to the job you are seeking.
    • List any special skills, abilities, experience and/or training that relate to the position you want.
    • Always talk to your references before beginning your work search, to ask permission to use their names, addresses, and phone numbers on your application(s).
    • Former employers, business acquaintances, teachers, and the clergy are all acceptable references. Be sure to keep your reference list updated and let them know when you find a job.
  • Leaving Jobs
    • If asked for the reason you left a job, use positive phrases
      • "to take a job with more responsibility," "moved," "seasonal," "business closed," "job or contract ended," "temporary work," " laid off," " reorganization," "returned to school," " or "career change."
    • Avoid negative words
      • "fired," "quit," "absenteeism," or "tardiness."
  • Mistakes
    • Not following directions
    • Misspelled words
    • Crossed out writing
    • Not printed
    • Wrinkled or messy application form
    • Incomplete information or unanswered questions
    • Not applying for a specific position
    • Application not turned in by the deadline
    • Use of troublesome words, such as "quit" or "fired"
    • Forgetting to sign the application
  • Fact Sheet
    • Find out all information before going to put in your application
    • Keep the form – just use it to copy information
    • Update it with names, addresses and phone numbers
    • Be detailed in duties preformed
    • Complete the worksheet now