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The Trouble with Plants

Real terrarium plants come in all shapes and sizes. The one thing they all have in common is that they can all present special challenges in a retail setting. With a few basic POP guidelines, your staff and your stock will be spared the shock of lengthy stays on the shelf.

Starting Easy: If you’re new to the live plant trade, start with the species that make appropriate choices with most terrarium inhabitants. Narrowing your list to the ones that require the least amount of care will ensure both your staff and your customers can keep them looking their best

The Hit List

  • Spider Plants: Growing quickly and easily by way of runners, make these hardy houseplants great for the terrarium and retail setting. An extra corner in an office or back room can even serve as a space from propagating cuttings. A clean cup of water is all a novice needs to grow a new plant from a small section of discarded stem. Under even the least powerful incandescent lighting these species, with their attractive variegated leaves seem to thrive.
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  • Bromeliads: Even under less-than-optimal conditions, bromeliads maintain their characteristic shape and color for weeks before fading. Their bright appearance and tolerant habits make them perfect for a dim shelf in your reptile section. Under an appropriately humid environment they can bloom again and again for the reptile enthusiast.
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  • Pothos: If banks, malls and office spaces across America can grow this hardy vine, even the most inexperienced staff and novice reptile keeper can manage to get them growing with gusto. With growth habbits similar to spider plants and relatively low light requirements, pothos can climb up or trail down just about any terrarium environment.
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  • Snake Plants: Notoriously seen in darkest corners of business and homes, snake plants, of the genus Sanseveria, are in fact difficult to kill. Lush, tall grass-like blades can be trimmed from the top to fit into any enclosure and rarely need watering. Once thought to belong to the succulent family for its ability to conserve water, snake plants tolerate even the most inhospitable conditions.

A Caring Touch: Find a staff member who cares about plants. In intrinsic motivation will help keep them ready to perform daily chores and regular rotations that keep your stock moving. Whenever possible, make the care of your plants easier. For instance, try locating your plants and lighting accessories in the same area. Lighting displays double as supplemental nutrition source for your plants that will keep them looking their best.

Daily Chores: Plants need to be checked for dryness and condition daily. Make it part of your morning opening routine, which only takes a moment. Pinching off yellow or dead foliage and a quick drink prepare your merchandise for the day ahead. <HOME>


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