House Plants/Ficus tree

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rfannie wrote at 2014-03-31 01:35:24
that's not true for me ... I've had the same ficus benjamina exotica for 30 years but for the last 4 years every spring for about a week my eyes swell/drip/redden.. I was tested for all outside trees and since it has been too cold this year for pollen, I guessed it was the "indoor" trees. Once I removed the ficus and vacuumed it's perimeter, my symptoms disappeared.  I am not allergic to the ficus any other time of the year.. just one week in spring.  now I have to figure out what to do with a 10' ficus.. is there birth control for trees?


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I can answer general questions about most common tropical houseplants and succulents. My focus is on the Bromeliad family. I have grown them outdoors and indoors in both warm and cool climates (zones 6-10) for the past 10 years. I can answer questions about general culture for most Bromeliads. I have a large amount of experience with and can answer specific questions about Ananas (pineapple), Guzmania, Neoregelia, Portea, Aechmea, Tillandsia, and Vriesea. I can attempt to ID most Bromeliads from a description to at least the genus but a picture is preferred for specific species IDs. I also hybridize as a hobby and can answer general questions for beginners. I have a B.S. in biology with a focus on botany and as of right now i am working on getting a M.S. in ecology. I also have 8 years of experience working in greenhouses

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I've been Growing Bromeliads for 10 years. I've been working in greenhouses for 8 years. I've also been hybridizing for 8 years though I have not grown anything worth registering yet. I recently obtained a B.S. in biology with a botany option and I am currently working on a M.S. in ecology

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Bromeliad Society International

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B.S. in Biology with a botany option.

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