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1 5 Houseplant Pests & Interviews


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1 5 Houseplant Pests & Interviews

  1. 1. Introduction to Horticulture Plant: African Violet Term: Acclimation
  2. 2. African Violet – Saintpaulia <ul><li>Perennial short leaves on short stems – may be fuzzy </li></ul><ul><li>Flowers pink, purple, white, salmon </li></ul><ul><li>Temp: 60 -75 </li></ul><ul><li>Bright indirect light </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Can tolerate low light periodically </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Keep soil evenly moist </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t let the leaves get wet </li></ul><ul><li>Feed monthly, spring – fall </li></ul><ul><li>Propagate by division & leaf cutting </li></ul><ul><li>Pests: Mealy bugs, mites & aphids </li></ul>
  3. 3. Kalanchoe <ul><li>Succulent </li></ul><ul><li>Red or pink flowers </li></ul><ul><li>Temp 50-75 </li></ul><ul><li>Bright Sunlight </li></ul><ul><li>Drench and then let dry to barely moist before watering again </li></ul><ul><li>Fertilize twice a year: Spring & Summer </li></ul><ul><li>Propagate by seeds & leaf or stem cuttings </li></ul><ul><li>Pests: Scale, aphids, mealy bugs </li></ul><ul><li>Need short days (6 weeks) to flower </li></ul>
  4. 4. Acclimation <ul><li>A time period for plants to adjust from the high light, fertilizer, and humidity levels in the greenhouse to the lower levels of retail stores and homes. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Indoor Plant Pests <ul><li>Mealy bugs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Suck plant sap </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Check underneath leaves and in folds of new leaves </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Control by wiping off with cotton swap in alcohol or with insecticidal soap </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ladybugs (lady beetles) </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Scale <ul><li>Small (1/8 “ long) insects that attach themselves to leaves and stems </li></ul><ul><li>Females are smooth and look like pale green or brown “bumps” </li></ul><ul><li>Males are winged and rarely seen. </li></ul><ul><li>They pierce leaves and stems to feed on plant juices </li></ul><ul><li>Control with insecticidal soaps and Ladybugs </li></ul>
  7. 7. Other pests <ul><li>Whiteflies </li></ul><ul><li>Thrips </li></ul>
  8. 8. Biological Control
  9. 9. Powdery Mildew <ul><li>Problem for African Violet, Begonia, and Jade Plants </li></ul><ul><li>Prevent with good air circulation, avoid wetting leaves </li></ul><ul><li>Control by applying fungicides </li></ul>
  10. 10. Care Cards <ul><li>House Plant Name </li></ul><ul><li>Genus </li></ul><ul><li>Water requirements: </li></ul><ul><li>Light Requirements </li></ul><ul><li>Special Needs or Potential Problems </li></ul>
  11. 11. Job Interviews <ul><li>After the application, the interview is the next step in employment </li></ul><ul><li>Can be formal or informal depending on the hiring manager </li></ul>
  12. 12. Important Items <ul><li>Be on time </li></ul><ul><li>Dress neatly and appropriately </li></ul><ul><li>Have questions for the employer not related to vacation & wages </li></ul><ul><li>Have answers ready about interests, skills, and education </li></ul><ul><li>Always keep in mind how your answer will sound from the employers viewpoint. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Videos <ul><li>Right and wrong example </li></ul><ul><li>List 6 things she did wrong </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t make these mistakes </li></ul>
  14. 14. Interiorscape <ul><li>Front Hall Entrance to school </li></ul><ul><li>Measure Light </li></ul><ul><li>Select Plants </li></ul><ul><li>Design Plantings – use same design principles as landscape design </li></ul>