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Jan 12, 2017 12:38 AM CST
|I noticed a weird problem for my burgmansia today. The leaves are covered with red and brownish white dust and the plant is stunted. There are webs among the leaves but I could not find any moving organisms or flies. Please provide a solution for saving my plants...
Jan 13, 2017 12:04 PM CST
|Spider mites, Forbid or Avid, rather expensive, cheaper.....1 tablespoon of Murphy's Oil Soap, 2 Tablespoons alcohol, in 1 quart spray bottle, be sure to spray under sides of all leaves, plus the stem and soil surface. Repeat in 3 days.|
Feb 18, 2017 7:54 PM CST
| Absolutely, you have spider mites. Also agree try the simple methods first. Even cheaper than Murphy's Oil Soap is 1/2tsp any old dish soap to a quart bottle of water, spray every surface of the plant and soil surface, rinse off after a few minutes. Repeat in 4 or 5 days and again in another 4 or 5 days to get the succeeding generations.
After that, if you can manage to spray down the whole plant once in a while with just water, preferably once a week or so put it in the shower or hose it, that will keep the mites at bay. They like it warm and dry.
Always try the simple, cheap methods first. Expensive, toxic chemicals often aren't any better and are more likely to cause you and your plant harm in the long run. Systemic insecticides become ineffective on Brugs in less than a year, for the exact same reason that antibiotics become ineffective for humans.
"Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." –Winston Churchill
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