Commercial Production of Ornamental Tropical Foliage Plants: Micropropagation

Figure 2. Plant tissue is placed into a sterile culture vessel. Credit: J. Chen, UF/IFASFlorida nursery operators need to understand plant propagation principles and techniques so they can grow enough plants for sale. Micropropagation is a way to culture plant tissue to rapidly propagate a large number of plants. This 4-page fact sheet presents an overview of micropropagation to help growers evaluate it as a propagation technique for their own nursery operations. Written by J. Chen and R. J. Henny, and published by the UF Department of Environmental Horticulture, May 2015. (Photo: J. Chen, UF/IFAS)
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ep520

Florida Foliage House Plant Care: Adenium swazicum

Figure 2. A light pink flowering form of Adenium swazicum in a 10-inch pot. Credit: R. J. HennyAdenium swazicum is a species of desert rose whose gray-green leaves appear folded and are velvety to touch. It is sought after by collectors for its graceful, weeping branches and delicate flowers that occur in various shades of pink. It is a smaller plant with weaker branches and stems compared to other Adenium species such as Adenium obesum or Adenium arabicum. This 2-page fact sheet was written by R.J. Henny and J. Chen, and published by the UF Department of Environmental Horticulture, April 2014.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ep499

Florida Foliage House Plant Care: ZZ Plant

Figure 1. Zamioculcas zamiifolia, commonly called "ZZ plant," performs well indoors. Credit: R. J. HennyZZ plant is enjoyed for its unique appearance, its ability to grow under low light conditions, and its tolerance to drought. ZZ’s naturally glossy leaves are so shiny that the plant appears to have been polished. This 2-page fact sheet was written by R. J. Henny and J. Chen, and published by the UF Department of Environmental Horticulture, July 2013.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ep480

Florida Foliage House Plant Care: Spathiphyllum

Figure 1. Spathiphyllum 'Sweet Pablo' in a 2-gallon container. Credit: Gary HennenMost Spathiphyllum are seen in flower when at market. The attractive white blooms, called spathes, are long lasting. With proper plant care, Spathiphyllum may produce blooms year after year. Spathiphyllum is a very attractive house plant even when not in bloom and adapts well to home and patio environments. This 2-page fact sheet was written by R. J. Henny and J. Chen, and published by the UF Department of Environmental Horticulture, June 2013.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ep477

Florida Foliage House Plant Care: Adenium obesum (ENH1213/EP474)

Figure 1. Adenium obesum 'Blooming Fool' in full flower growing in a 10-inch pot.Adenium obesum and its many hybrids are often seen in retail garden centers. They have vibrant floral displays in shades of red, white, pink, and yellow. Flowers average 2–3 inches in diameter and may be single, double, or even triple. The plants must be stationed in high light, 6 hours or more per day, to maintain flowering during the summer. Adenium obesum makes a dramatic specimen for a deck or patio but should be moved indoors in winter. This 2-page fact sheet was written by R. J. Henny and J. Chen, and published by the UF Department of Environmental Horticulture, May 2013.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ep474

Using Gibberellic Acid and Ethephon to Induce Flowers on Tropical Foliage Plants (ENH1186/EP447)

Figure 4. Bromeliad growers routinely apply Florel® treatments to induce shiny, colorful inflorescences.Even though they are prized for their beautiful leaves, flowers are induced in tropical foliage plants for breeding and for marketing purposes. This 6-page fact sheet discusses several factors to consider when developing protocols for inducing blooms in tropical foliage crops. Written by R. J. Henny and J. Chen, and published by the UF Department of Environmental Horticulture, October 2011.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ep447

New Florida Foliage Plant Cultivar: Aglaonema ‘Leprechaun’ (ENH1185/EP446)

Aglaonema 'Leprechaun'This dwarf, more highly branched and rounder cultivar of Aglaonema 'Silver Bay' developed as a whole-stem mutation that was found within a large population of Aglaonema 'Silver Bay' plants. This 4-page fact sheet was written by R. J. Henny and J. Chen, and published by the UF Department of Environmental Horticulture, August 2011.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ep446

New Florida Foliage Plant Cultivar: Pothos ‘Pearls and Jade’ (ENH1180/EP441)

Pothos plants are tree-climbing vines native to the Solomon Islands, but they flower seldom and never under greenhouse conditions or in interior environments. As a result, no hybridized pothos cultivars are known to exist. Because of the barriers to hybridization, a program was initiated at the Mid-Florida Research and Education Center (MREC) in Apopka, Florida, to induce mutations in order to develop new pothos varieties. Pothos ‘Pearls and Jade’® (Fig.1) is a mutation selection from a group of ‘Marble Queen’ plants. This 4-page fact sheet describing the new hybrid was written by R. J. Henny, J. Chen, and T. A. Mellich, and published by the UF Department of Environmental Horticulture, March 2011.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ep441

ENH1173/EP434 New Florida Foliage Plant Cultivar: Dieffenbachia ‘Sparkles’

ENH1173, a 4-page illustrated fact sheet by R. J. Henny, J. Chen, and T. A. Mellich, describes the origin, description, and availability of this commercial foliage cultivar characterized by bright leaf color, and attractive paisley mottled appearance. Includes references. Published by the UF Department of Environmental Horticulture, September 2010.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ep434

ENH1167/EP428 New Florida Foliage Plant Cultivar: Aglaonema Moonlight Bay

ENH1167, a 4-page illustrated fact sheet by R.J. Henny, J. Chen, and T.A. Mellich, describes Aglaonema Moonlight Bay, a new ornamental foliage plant that is a result of a mutation discovered in the Aglaonema Silver Bay plant — description, availability, and origin. Includes references. Published by the UF Department of Environmental Horticulture, July 2010.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ep428

ENH1091/EP355 New Florida Foliage Plant Cultivar: ‘Emerald Bay’ Aglaonema

ENH-1091, a 3-page illustrated fact sheet by R.J. Henny, J. Chen, and T.A. Mellich, describes a new cultivar of this important foliage plant which shares many traits of the popular 'Golden Bay', but without the yellow background coloration in the leaves and petioles — its origin, description, performance, and availability. Includes references. Published by the UF Department of Environmental Horticulture, February 2009.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/EP355

ENH1096/EP360 Cultural Guidelines for Commercial Production of African Violets (Saintpaulia ionantha)

EP1096, a 5-page illustrated fact sheet by J. Chen and R. J. Henny, provides guidelines for the commercial production of African violets including propagation, cultural requirements, and common physiological problems. Published by the UF Department of Environmental Horticulture, February 2009.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/EP360

ENH1093/EP357 Tropical Foliage Cultivar Development: New Ornamental Introductions Drive Plant Markets

ENH-1093, a 3-page illustrated fact-sheet by R.J. Henny and J. Chen, looks at foliage cultivar development and markets through history. Includes references and a table chronicling changes in major foliage plant genera in commercial production between 1975 and 1999. Published by UF Department of Environmental Horticulture, January 2008.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/EP357

ENH1092/EP356 Tropical Foliage Plant Development: Origin of New Cultivars

ENH-1092, a 5-page illustrated fact sheet by R.J. Henny and J. Chen, describes three avenues for new tropical foliage plants to enter the commercial trade — plant acquisition and collection from the wild, selection of natural or induced mutations, and hybridization — and how new introductions are evaluated. Includes references. Published by the UF Department of Environmental Horticulture, January 2008.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/EP356