Help with spider mites? on a rubber plant

furmangAugust 28, 2007

Let me start this out by saying that I'm a plant moron and really don't know anything besides watering my plant. I have a rubber plant that I've had for 8 years or so and all of a sudden the leaves started changing color and falling off. I looked at the plant a little closer one day and noticed that there were really TINY white specs moving around on it. There also appeared to be some webbing (not a lot just a few strands here and there). From what I have read I think that they might be spider mites (but it says that they are reddish). I bought Garden Safe 3 in 1 and have sprayed my plant twice. After the first time I thought that they might be gone but they came back. I sprayed it again yesterday and when I checked today I found a few more crawling around (they were REALLY REALLY tiny). The leaves seem to be getting worse. I don't know if its the spray or the bugs or both. Any suggestions or help would be greatly appreciated.

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Kimmsr(4a/5b-MI)

When you spray any poison to get rid of pests you need to be sure you hit the pests and not just the plant, and Rubber Plants are very sensitive to what is sprayed on them and many broad spectrum poisons can cause more problems with them then the insect pest will.
As a rule, spider mites reproduce faster when the humidity around the plant they infest is lower, so one easy method of control is to mist the whole plant several times a day to raise that humidity level. Insecticidal soaps, mix 1 teaspoon of a good, real soap (not a detergent) in 1 quart of water, may be a better alternative for many plants.

    Bookmark   August 29, 2007 at 7:26AM
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