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Ashland, Oregon
JarrettF
Feb 25, 2018 11:15 PM CST
Hi,
I have a Brugmansia who has been healthy and sick on and off for the past year. I cannot tell what is wrong with it. I've noticed some mites recently but have been washing them off when I see them. The leaves are yellowing and last time the leaves started yellowing, the plant almost lost all of the leaves.
I've had the plant for almost 5 Years now.
I appreciate any help!
Thank you 😊
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sallyg
Feb 26, 2018 6:59 AM CST
Mites tend to be an ongoing thing with indoor plants. I would continue to treat for them.
My indoor Brugs seem pretty thirsty. Keep yours in the same pot but maybe it is getting dry a little faster now, as it has grown.
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BigBill
Feb 26, 2018 9:41 AM CST
Looks like it could be an intense mite problem. They just adore dry conditions. Simply splashing water on them won't do anything.
I use Bayer's 3 in 1, available in any garden center including Home Depot and Lowe's.
Spray 3X, a week to ten days apart, spray entire plant, both sides of the leaves.
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Bubbles
Feb 26, 2018 9:49 AM CST
If you decide to use Bayer's 3 in 1, do not spray plant inside house. 3 in 1 is a fairly potent poison. I have used it, but only as a last resort...and only outside. (As an aside, it really does perk up the brugs and acts as a fertilizer too).
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BigBill
Feb 26, 2018 10:01 AM CST
Gee, I have used it on my orchids, my plumeria, my hibiscus, my alamandas with no ill effects but a great point, never spray any chemical in the home.
Mites are horrible little critters and you must get on top of them and stay on top. Good luck.
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JarrettF
Feb 26, 2018 10:05 AM CST
Thanks for all the feedback. I do not like to use chemicals in my plant as I tree to keep all the souls organic and chemical free. Are there any chemical free alternatives to getting rid of these mites?
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BigBill
Feb 26, 2018 10:41 AM CST
Try googling a cure for mites.
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emddvm
Feb 26, 2018 6:04 PM CST
Try Bonide horticultural spray. Non toxic. Works great for me but you need to be persistent in spraying. They love brugmansia's. Spray every few days. They will come back in a heartbeat if you don't pay attention. Available from Amazon.
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JarrettF
Feb 26, 2018 6:31 PM CST
I will definitely try that out! Thanks so much for the recommendation Michael
Ashland, Oregon
JarrettF
Mar 27, 2018 11:56 AM CST
So my plant is losing more leaves and they are turning yellow. I'm thinking this may be a root problem now or an over watering problem. Should I Any help is great!? Thanks


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BigBill
Mar 27, 2018 12:29 PM CST
Actually I find these are fairly easy to grow and for me they produce large root systems. If anything the container might be too small and too shallow.
If you remove from the pot, what do the roots look like. If that is a 4" pot, go to a 6", if it is a 6" pot, go to an 8". I use a mix of 2/3 potting soil and 1/3 sand or cactus soil. Mix thoroughly. Keep plant well watered in a pot that has drainage. As a younger plant, they do not need full sun.
But the smaller pot may be leading to uneven watering stressing the plant and it is dropping leaves prematurely. Angel Trumpets drop leaves constantly so I would not be alarmed. Even with the best conditions.
Be careful handling all parts of this plant because it is highly toxic. Gorgeous but toxic.
Try adding a tbsp. of slow release plant foot on top of the new soil every four months. It can spend the summer outdoors.
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