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Exciting Details about New Organic Products

Introducing a San Francisco Foliage exclusive: 10" Dracaena Massangeanas grown in Hawaii without toxic pesticides, herbicides, fungicides or synthetic fertilizers - and, oh yes, in case you were wondering, they are quite beautiful too.

So, what's the big deal?

Organic dracaena are less prone to leaf tipping: Because they are not grown with synthetic (salt-based) fertilizers, the soil of an organically grown plant has significantly reduced salt content. In the interior we manage watering with close attention to reduced light levels, typically plants in lower light are watered less. Salt concentrations rise quickly in drying root balls and can become toxic. When high concentrations of salts are drawn up by the plant they will burn the leaves. Tipping is significantly reduced with organic dracaena.

Organic means protection for the environment and our workers: Organic production prevents a whole host of chemicals from being released into the biosphere. It is estimated that organic production of 100 10" dracaena massangeanas will keep approximately 10 pounds of organophosphates out of circulation; as an industry we grow thousands of dracaena each year. Pesticides, such as organophosphates, break down very slowly and leave residual amounts on the foliage upon which they are applied. - This class of chemicals was recently associated with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorders in children. - On principle it makes good sense for our industry to keep as much pesticide out of the distribution chain as possible.

Slow grown organic products are better suited for indoor use: Organic dracaenas take approximately two months longer to finish, and because they are not fed the hyper-nutrient mix of synthetic fertilizers the cell structure is noticably different. Often plants from commercial growers are highly fertilized to reduce production time. Although these products look good for a while they may not be ideal for interior placement; worst case, as the plant moves to market the underdeveloped root structure will not support a plant’s foliage. - We see this most often in value-based products offered by the mass market. The leaves of an organic dracaena appear thicker, more compact and quite different from the broad soft leaf of their force-fed counterparts. A slow grown dracaena will have more root-mass too - usually a good thing. You can expect slow grown organic plants to be resilient.

Simply put, we expect slow grown organic products will meet the needs of the interior landscaper better. At San Francisco Foliage we are keen to lend support and encouragement to organic foliage growers whose integrity pushes the envelope and sets new, safer and better standards for industry.

We are ahead of the curve on this and expect to have an exclusive for a while. So give ’'em a try why don’t you, and let us know how they perform. We will relay your feedback to the producers.


Please Note: It is our policy never to add additional fertilizer to producer’s plant products. We just don’t think it is necessary, nor is it in the best interest of service professionals.

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