Spider Mites on Christmas Palm?!

RichardC7(6b-7a)October 3, 2012

It looks like little tiny black bugs... any ideas? I gave it a soapy spray down. Thanks! BTW they look like spots in the pic, but they actually look like bugs in person.

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
ericthehurdler(NOR CAL 9a)

I get the same thing on my xmas palm, definitely spider mites. i spray with a hose then wipe each leaf off, this seems to work for about a month then they come back.

    Bookmark   October 3, 2012 at 5:34PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
tropicalzone7(7b)

They arent spider mites, I forget exactly what they are, but they can easily be taken care of with soap water, and a little bit of neem oil (neem oil will get rid of lots of other bugs too and will not harm plants, pets, or good bugs!). I had them on my coconut palm one year and I actually put a tiny bit of rubbing alcohol on a towel and wiped each and every leaflet of each frond. It worked, but the rubbing alcohol did dry out the leaves a lot so I would never risk my plants with that method again.
Good luck!
-Alex

    Bookmark   October 3, 2012 at 6:52PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
bradleyo_gw

I second Alex!

    Bookmark   October 3, 2012 at 7:36PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
andyandy(6bMI)

I know it's not popular with some but each August while it is still warm enough for real growth but about 4-6 weeks before I have to bring mine in I treat with systemic granuals. i have not seen anything but a tiny bit of scale in 8 years. First palms I bought (Xmas and Roebi) 8 years ago were infested come witner and i had no idea what mites were. it's never happened again.

    Bookmark   October 4, 2012 at 8:36AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
RichardC7(6b-7a)

Thanks everyone! I'm gonna have to go and get some Neem Oil tomorrow... and possibly where a coat! its gonna be 50 degrees her in PIT tomorrow!

    Bookmark   October 7, 2012 at 2:25AM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Why can`t I find much palm varieties here in So Ca
I moved to Camarillo Zone 10 from IN, I wanted to add...
Andalucia123
Me little plants just atsrting out
If you look close you can see the Y.Rostrata,variegated...
jimhardy
Need help identifying a cycad
I bought a cycad of unknown species and am trying to...
Yuri Diomin
Unknown palm acquisition
A guy in my neighborhood recently moved and left many...
Michael AKA Leekle2ManE - Zone 9a - Lady Lake, F
2015 sudden jump(here)from winter to spring
Check out March 6th,that is the day I uncovered my...
jimhardy
Sponsored Products
Shepherd Christmas Ornament
$74.90 | Horchow
Dora Ornament
$6.99 | zulily
Pi 5MM50PNK 25 ft 5C Green Wire 50 LED Christmas Lights
EnvironmentalLights.com
Konitz Advent Scratch Off Mugs (Set of 2)
Overstock.com
Seiko Morgan Wall Clock - 12.5 in. Wide - QXM335BLH
$123.75 | Hayneedle
Ursula Brass Spider Lamp
ModernistLighting.com
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™