Just tossed 3 AV-s faster than you can say MITES!
Pests was one subject I had not read much about so far because my plants looked clean, with nothing on them. I read more about AV pests and I think I finally know what was with two of them, which I have had since March.
When I bought them in Spring they were perfect and blooming. Like this:
When I came back from summer vacation, after my husband was left with them...they were stunted, had small distorted/bubbly leaves curling inwards, on the hairy side. One had a leaf that had actually cracked in the middle. I thought it was over-potting, over-watering, lack of light...all the jaz I asked about here.
I fixed everything, they continued to look the same.
So now I read about pests...and OMG!!!
These plants had exactly the symptoms of cyclamen or broad mites. So out they went.
The third plant...the one I have mentioned in a recent thread and which I have had for a month - started to lose leaves from where the petiole meets the potting mixture, one day after anoter. One by one. Yesterday, one small leaf growing right in the middle was dark grey instead of the healty green...with only one tiny spot of healthy green left at the edge.
Now, if I am not wrong, I do remember seeing a dark little bug in the soil of this plant at the time I took it out of the Pike pot to repot...but I ignored it as it was the only one and I just thought it might have been normal to see a little creature in the soil here and there. (Yes, hard slap over the forehead...)
What an idiot I was - as I never took pests seriously since I started this.
So I threw this one away too. I did take a couple of leaves to put down...but who knows whether these might be infested too.
Now the question is...what kind of danger are my three remaining plants in? They all look fine for now and have some very tiny blooms emerging...but so did these three unfortunate plants at one time.
Should I spray them with some preventive pesticide? ...