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Dave’s Tips

Houseplants are Hot!

By: Tim Hodson, GPN Magazine: In case you haven’t heard, houseplants are hot! According to’s National Gardening Survey, nearly one-third of all the households in America purchased a houseplant in 2017. When does its 2018 survey, I am sure that number will go up. In the January issue [...]

ForemostCo®, Inc North America’s premier Young Plant company, announces Chris Rocheleau’s appointment as Territory Manager for the Gulf States

PRESS RELEASE from FOREMOSTCO®, INC. 8457 NORTHWEST 66 STREET, MIAMI, FLORIDA 33166 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ForemostCo®, Inc., North America’s premier Young Plant company, announces Chris Rocheleau’s appointment as Territory Manager for the Gulf States. MIAMI, March 25, 2019 - ForemostCo® is pleased to announce that Chris Rocheleau has joined [...]

Let’s Talk Aglaonema

By Andrew Britten: Product Development Manager ForemostCo®, Inc From traditional green to new colored varieties, this foliage category is increasing in popularity with new varieties in development and working their way to the market. Aglaonemas, which originated from Asia and New Guinea, have typically been labeled as “Chinese Evergreens.” It [...]

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  • Soil – A light well drained and airy mixture is required.  pH of 5.3 is best but a range of 5.0 to 6.0 is suitable.
  • Fertilizer – Nitrate based fertilizers are best, 20 20 20 or 20 10 20 ratios are adequate. It is important to constant feed the crop with .7 to .9 EC levels in the
    soil. Calcium and Magnesium are very important for even growth. Flowers can be induced by Gibberellic Acid (GA3) – concentrations and timing
    of treatments depend on the variety, pot size, growth rate and the season.
  • Water – Spathiphyllum require a lot of water. It is best to irrigate between 6:00AM and 12:00PM. If the application is questionable in the winter, it is advisable to wait one extra day. In the the summer do on the same day.
  • Potential Pests – Phytopthora, Pythium, and Cylindrocladium can cause rotten leaves, roots and base rot. Bad plants should be immediately removed.
    Appropriate chemical treatments can be applied. Good water management with ample air flow is best to help control issues. Thrips (especially when
    flowering), and cut worms should be monitored and treatments applied.

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Alpinia Variegated Ginger

  • Soil – Well drained mix with good water-holding capacity. pH is best at 5.5 to 6.0.
  • Fertilizer – Use balanced fertilizer. Best if incorporated in soil mix. Maintain high levels of magnesium.
  • Water – Do not allow the soil to become dry. Leaf rolling or curling indicates conditions are too dry. Not a drought tolerant plant.
  • Pests – Fairly resistant but aphids can sometimes infect young growth.

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Dioon edule

  • Soil – Plant in a well drained soil mix. We, at Phoenix, use 50% fla peat and 50% composted pine bark. Will thrive in sandy soil.
  • Fertilizer – Incorporate Nutricote slow release fertilizer.
  • Water – Water thoroughly the first time to seat the plant, then water sparingly.  Do not let the plant sit in soaking soil or in standing water on the ground.
    Note: An established Dioon edule is considered drought resistant.
  • Pests – Spray monthly for insects with vegetable oil as a preventative measure.  Soil incorporated chemical can be used for fire ant control.

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Neon Pothos

  • Soil – Well drained with lots of aeration.
  • Fertilizer – 20-20-20 or 20-10-20. Keep ppm lower (Constant feed of 100+/- ppm is ok). Not recommended to use slow release fertilizer.
  • Water – pH 5.8 to 6.5 is good. Do not over water.
  • Pests – Little to none.

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Black Tacca chantrieri – Bat Plant

  • Soil – Well drained peat mix. pH = 5.5 to 6.0. Does not like wet feet.
  • Fertilizer – E.C. of 1.2 to 1.4. 20-10-20.
  • Humidity – Needs to be grown in humid conditions. Does not like a dry environment or air drafts

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Musa Tropicana (Dwarf Banana)

  • Soil – Medium density peat mix with good water holding capacity and good drainage.
  • Fertilizer – 20 – 10 – 20 with 1.2 EC is the best in production phase. Once the plants are to size, use at 15-10-30 at 1,2 EC.
  • Water – Soil must be kept wet but not soaking. Do not allow soil to become too dry, this can cause leaf burn and wilting.
  • Pests – This crop is fairly resistant to problems, care should be taken to watch for Spider Mites and Cut Worms.

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  • Soil – Well drained mix.  Do not use a mix that restricts air exchange in the soil.
  • Fertilizer – 3-1-2 ratio is prime.  Keep the EC lower – 1.2 to 1.5.  Application of a post rinse is recommended to move the fertilizer off of the leaves.
    Avoid fertilizers/water sources with fluorides.  A low pH can cause the fluorides to be more active and may cause leaf burn.
  • Humidity – 60% to 80% is prime with HAF Fans for an active climate.  A stagnant greenhouse may cause bacterial and fungal problems.
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Chlorophytum Green-Orange

  • Soil – Use a coarse peat mix that allows good water holding capacity as well as good aeration.
  • 2.0 to 2.5 EC is recommended, application of liquid mix followed by clean water with a wetting agent after the session is recommended.
  • Water – Green-Orange plants prefer moderately moist soil.  Water less than two times per week.  It is better to provide relatively more water once per week, rather than watering twice per week.  Do not allow soil to totally dry out.
  • Pests – Fungal activity is low.  It is possible to find some Thrips or Caterpillars.

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