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I can answer many common garden center/greenhouse houseplant questions such as , proper care, propagation of, pest problems, identification, growing mediums, construction, etc. & many more..

Experience in the area

I currently manage a private 16 acre estate. i am in charge of the general maintenance of buildings and i supervise the landscape maintenance staff. i teach landscape/horticulture evening classes for a community college in NJ. I taught landscape/horticultural classes for a NJ vocational high school for 5 years. prior to that I owned & operated a landscape/garden center facility for 20 + years. My experience is in commercial & residential sales & care of houseplants as well as landscaping.

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NJLANA

Education/Credentials

BS degree in Zoology (Entomology)
Certified landscape/horticulture teacher NJ

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

The main thing I like about landscape / horticulture is that you can learn something new everyday. What was true yesterday isn't necessarily true today (tree paint, fertilizers, etc.). Things constantly change. New plants & other products are being introduced everyday (buyer be aware). Read 10 different books & get 10 different ways to look at a pr

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i have a bachelor's degree in zoology. i have 25+ years practical experience in the landscape/horticultural field. i am a NJ certified agricultural trades teacher(5 years). i currently teach at a NJ county community college part-time. i am an estate manager and gardener supervisor. i would like to complete my masters program in entomology w/in 2-3 years. it's never too late to learn.

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Recent Answers from Richard Hern

2016-10-25 Keeping geraniums/spikes over winter:

Michael  They probably are Dracaena Marginatas. Leave them as they are.  Water your plant based on how much it weighs when thoroughly watered VS when they are ready to be watered again. Plants die from

2016-10-23 Keeping geraniums/spikes over winter:

Please explain what you mean by spike geraniums ???

2016-10-16 Type of water to use:

Jose,  Well water comes out of the ground with no pre-treatment before you drink it or use it for other purposes. It can contain many chemicals both good and bad (beneficial minerals, toxic chemicals,

2016-09-17 Elephant Yucca:

Kara  Periodically cut some of the lower leaves off from the plant using scissors or garden snips. Eventually a trunk will form where the leaves have been removed. Keep cutting the leaves off over a period

2016-09-15 Kangaroo fern:

Buy an 8 or 10 inch new pot from your local garden center. Add potting soil to the bottom of the new pot so your plant will be at the appropriate level when finished. Take your plant out of its pot and

 

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