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Spider Mites on Gerbera

#1 User is offline   wilson 

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Posted 19 September 2005 - 12:45 PM

Hi All,

It appears that Gerbera is a spider mite attractant. What do you do to get rid of the mites, especially its grown indoors???

Miticides are quite toxic, as far as I know...

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Posted 19 September 2005 - 02:18 PM

Well, assuming that the plant is healthy.

Turn up the humidity, have air circulation (contradictory I know).

Soak the plant (pot and all) in a big pail of water mixed with a drop or 2 of household dishwashing liquid. How long? Just enough for the critters to drown.

Or: bring the pots to your bathroom and turn on the shower; blasting the critters from the undersides of the leaves.

Or: try the painful slow method of wiping the undersides of each leaf (well gerberas have crinkled leaves and that makes wiping difficult) with denatured alcohol.

Or: Throw the plant away. You don't want to have spider mites become a resident at your house.
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Posted 20 September 2005 - 10:08 AM

Hi Wilson

I would recommend that you soak the plant in a pail of water mixed with diluted dishwashing liquid. It would be advisable to increase humidity and air circulation in your growing area. Thanks.

Cheers
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Posted 20 September 2005 - 11:51 AM

Spring65 said:

After that the leaves look fresh & shiny - pest free for weeks to months!!!

Wilson - Why not you bring your plant to Spring65 and collect it when the leaves have looked fresh and shiny after the treatment?

Spring65 - How much do you charge per plant? Next time, I can send my roses over for a similar treatment :grin: :hehe:
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Posted 20 September 2005 - 12:59 PM

Hmm, how do you define 'indoor plants'. OK, perhaps trees are excluded. Deep tissue cleansing... would our plants walk out with blemished leaves as a result of your treatment? do you offer money back guarantee?
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Posted 20 September 2005 - 07:39 PM

If the infection is not heavy I wld advise u to use Mama lemon soap to wip it off then spray the shultz that is sold in IKEA also spray a bitadvise a bit of fungicide to let ithe insecticide to stay longer... :grin: :smile:
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Posted 23 September 2005 - 01:56 AM

If you find insecticide, water or Mama lemon soap are not effective. Perhaps you might want to consider using FIRE. Just a few sheets of old newspapers will do. The tiny mites will be killed instantly when in contact with flash fire.

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