Bringing Bruggies in with Buggies

reet59(z3 MB)September 26, 2011

I'm in Winnipeg and naturally need to bring 8 large brugs in for the winter. Last winter I cut them seriously back, and this summer their growth was unimpressive and yielded not a single bloom. Our summer was a veritable drought, as well. Not sure why the year was so bad for flowers. Any ideas?

My other question is: THey are all currently on my front lawn, in pots, with their leaves on. Their leaves are absolutely covered in spider mites. Because I can't afford to bring those troublemakers inside, is it alright for me to cut all the leaves off? I usually wait for the fall to encourage the leaves to drop, but I fear that timing may be frustrating this year. Bad year for my brugs :(

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karyn1(7a)

There's no problem with stripping the foliage but I'd still carefully wash the stems before bringing them in. Not a great year for mine either. Crazy weather. Hopefully next year will be better.

    Bookmark   September 26, 2011 at 9:26AM
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tommysmommy(Colorado)

I always spray and clean before I take them in. Unfortunately (or fortunately however you'd like to view it) many have buds and I will be "forced" to pot them and grow them indoors till they bloom. Also, and this time I say fortunately, we are having 80 degree weather again this week so, they can stay out yet for a little while. We'll see what next week brings :-O

    Bookmark   September 26, 2011 at 10:03AM
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pizzuti(5A)

Luckily, spraying brugmansias for spider mites is MUCH easier when the leaves fall off!

Check out some neem oil from your local hardware store, mix a tablespoon with a spray bottle full of water, and mist the stems. It knocks 'em dead, but neem oil is otherwise organic and non-toxic. Spray/dump a little more of the mixture into the soil for good measure in case any more are hiding there. With bare stems, you don't have to worry about all the random crevices they can hide in and can thoroughly cover everything.

If they're covered in mites I'm surprised they're not already shedding their leaves on their own as a defense mechanism.

    Bookmark   September 28, 2011 at 12:36AM
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chena(z8 Texas)

If you can't find Neem Oil.. Check out Neem Tree Farms.. The have some really cool all Natural products.. I got some Neem Oil and an Anti Itch Formula that works Great!!!

Kylie

Here is a link that might be useful: Neem Tree farms

    Bookmark   September 28, 2011 at 12:09PM
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