Plant Tips and Tricks

Check plants for common insects

The most common insects that attack plants indoors are mealy bugs, scale, and mites. Inspect the your plant's leaves regularly for these pests.

Neem Oil Insecticide Kills Bugs

Neem oil insecticide can be used safely to treat office plants for mealybugs, aphids, whiteflies, thrips and fungus gnats. Neem oil causes bugs to lose their appetites causing them to starve. Neem oil also reduces female fertility and inhibits reproduction. Consider 2 to 3 applications over a short period of time to affect every life stage.

Take preventative measures to protect your plant

Setting up traps is a great step to take in an effort to minimize pests on your office plants. It, of course, is not a fool proof plan, but it certainly is a good start. Yellow sticky traps help to catch flying pests, like white flies, and fungus gnats. You can buy them, or simply make your own by cutting bright yellow cardboard, and covering them in a sticky material.

Care for your Lady Palm

Rhapis excelsa loves moist well-drained soil, so water generously. Avoid over watering. Over watering any plant that can cause root rot. The Lady Palm can thrive in shade as well as full solar exposure. Tip burning can occur in full direct sun while the plant is in the process of acclimating. For best leaf color and optimum growth, grow in full yet indirect light. In shade the leaves will darken.

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