Tropical Houseplants

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The definition of ‘Tropical Plants’, are plants that grow naturally in a tropical climate. Tropical plant is a typical north American term, whereas in other countries this group of plants is often referred to as ‘Green Potted Plants’.

In colder climates north of the equator, tropical plants are often grown as houseplants and set outside during the warm, sunny months. Commercially, tropical plants can be grown in colder climates, but they must be grown inside of greenhouses and with other forms of controlled environment agriculture. For this reason most commercial produced tropical plants are grown is southern states.

Tropical plants require consistently warmer temperatures and more humid environments than regular plants. Tropical plants also come in both blooming and foliage plants. Bromeliads, palms, and orchids are considered tropical plants.

Contrary to what most people expect, many of the tropical plants do not do well in direct sunlight and should be located in shadier environments. Because many tropical plants naturally grow near the sea, many species of tropical plants can tolerate higher than average salt levels.


Protocol

Spider Mite Control Products Preventative Curative Repeat Applications Notes

Spical Ulti-Mite

1 sachet per plant or 1 per meter sq. if the plants touch

n/a

Every 3-4 weeks

n/a

Spidex Vital

n/a

100 mites per meter sq. If using Dibox place one Dibox per plant if the plants do not touch

Bi-weekly or as needed

Use diboxes for a cleaner distribution method or use Spidex Boost sachets instead

Spidex Boost

n/a

1 sachet per plant 1 per meter sq. if the plants touch

Bi-Weekly or as needed

Use this product for a cleaner distribution method.


Thrips Product Controls Preventative Curative Repeat Applications Notes

Swirskii Ulti-Mite

1 sachet per plant or 1 per meter sq. if plants touch

1 sachet per plant combined with Thripor or Chrysopa and blue Horiver cards

Every 3-4 weeks

n/a

Thripor or Chrysopa

n/a

40 insects per meter sq.

Bi-Weekly or as needed

Use diboxes for a cleaner distribution method.

Only use Thripor if you have a common thrips species (Ex. Onion/Western Flower Thrips).

 

If you have an exotic thrips species (ex. Echinothrips) use Chrysopa.

 

Horiver Sticky Cards Blue (10x25cm)

1 card per meter sq.

2 Cards per meter sq.

Replace cards when full

n/a

Entomite

1 tablespoon per pot

n/a

Every time you pot up or re-pot plants

Only to be used as a supplementary control in combination with Swirski Ulti-Mite, will not adequately control thrips as a stand alone product.

 

1 X Entomite 10,000 treats 60 pots @ 1 tablespoon per pot.


Fungus Gnat Product Controls Preventative Curative Repeat Applications Notes

Entomite

1 tablespoon per pot

2-3 tablespoons per pot, depending on pot size. Use in combination with yellow Horiver sticky cards placed near the soil line

Preventative - every time you pot up or re-pot plants

 

Curative - every 6 to 8 weeks

1 X Entomite 10,000 treats 60 pots @ 1 tablespoons per pot.

Horiver Sticky Cards Yellow (10x25cm)

n/a

2 cards per meter sq. hung near soil line

replace cards when full

n/a

Entonem

n/a

500,000 per meter sq.

Re-apply weekly for 3-4 weeks

Use in conjunction with entomite for best


Aphid Product Controls Preventative Curative Repeat Applications Notes

Chrysopa-L

n/a

40 insects per meter sq.

Weekly or bi-weekly as needed

Aphids are extremely difficult to completely eradicate using biologicals only.

 

Best used with diboxes for a cleaner distribution method.


Sclae/Mealybug Product Controls Preventative Curative Repeat Applications Notes

Cryptobug-L

n/a

40 insects per meter sq.

Weekly or bi-weekly as needed

Best used with diboxes for a cleaner distribution method


Whitefly Product Controls Preventative Curative Repeat Applications Notes

Swirski Ulti-Mite

1 sachet per plant or 1 per meter sq. if plants touch

1 sacher per plant combined with yellow Horiver cards

Re-apply every 3-4 weeks.

n/a

Enermix

n/a

10-20 wasps per meter sq.

Re-apply weekly or bi-weekly depending on pest pressure

Will not see product work for up to 2 weeks after first install. Should be used with Swirskii

Tropical Houseplant Pests

Sunday,Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday
January,February,March,April,May,June,July,August,September,October,November,December
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