Spider mites are the devil!
I may never grow hot peppers again. I am now considering letting go of my 9th & final hot pepper plant (Cayenne). The mites trashed the others & continue to do so with my new seedlings also. They won't even let 'em get past 2 leaves! The plant I have left is about dern 3 & 1/2 ft tall & still not a single pepper thanks to those ******* spider mites! grrrrrr!!! :( I sit there every day, after applying a Neem Oil spray for almost 2 weeks now, and watch as 5-10 blossoms fall off after they're eaten through & through. :-\ It's damn depressing. Excuse my language. Wouldn't be such a big deal if father-in-law had plenty to give away this year or if all kinds of crap didn't keep getting infected with salmonella. I'm depressed. With liquid Sevin dust, Ortho max 150, Neem Oil, Vinegar around the pot lining, soap water, etc.. all barely even phasing the mites, if doing anything at all, I don't know what to do anymore. I hate to trash the plant, but I could be using the pot for more cukes or something. Any last minute suggestions to maybe save some blossoms? He**, I'd be happy with even one frickin pepper! :( The plant still has 30-40 blossoms that haven't opened yet. PLEASE, FOR THE LOVE OF ***, HELP ME GET ONE PEPPER! :) Thanks...Peace - Steve