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Name: Tanya French
FL (Zone 10a)
Hoya Lover
Tanyasmonty
Feb 25, 2017 10:40 PM CST
Hi, I am a newbie to the group but I need some help. I have about 70 Hoyas. I just discovered that two of them have Spider Mites. This is a problem I have never dealt with before. My Hoyas are hanging in several trees in the yard. I am afraid they will spread to other plants. Any help is greatly appreciated!
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Name: Anne
Summerville, SC (Zone 8a)
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Xeramtheum
Feb 26, 2017 12:03 PM CST
Hi Tanya and welcome to NGA!

Spidermites flourish in dry environments .. they don't like humidity. I'd take a hose and spray the infected hoyas really well followed by a few spritzes of a good insecticide. Then increase the humidity around the plants by misting the plants daily if the air is dry. If you are adverse to using chemicals then you can hose them down and wipe off the leaves with a damp paper towel - top and bottom and as said above, increase the humidity.
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Name: Tanya French
FL (Zone 10a)
Hoya Lover
Tanyasmonty
Feb 27, 2017 2:31 AM CST
Thank you, this is the dry season down here so I will water them more often. Thank goodness the rainy season will begin in about a month.
Plants are the gift that keeps on giving!
Name: Anne
Summerville, SC (Zone 8a)
Only dead fish go with the flow!
Plant and/or Seed Trader Birds Cat Lover Greenhouse Tropicals Bulbs
Seed Starter Garden Ideas: Master Level Hibiscus Hybridizer Garden Sages Butterflies
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Xeramtheum
Feb 27, 2017 6:14 AM CST
You're welcome!
"The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country. "

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