Please feel free to take advantage of our friendly and professional garden observations we operate teams of Gardeners in the area and not any changes we see in the plant world as well as environmental issues we feel need to be discussed. We hope to be informative and provide you with what we belive are valuable tips for your garden in the Blue Mountains. We will be in the field photographing cold climate natives and detailing information as to where you can purchase these wondwerfull plants.
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Two-spotted mites are tiny creatures (about the size of a full stop) that damage plants by feeding on the chlorophyll in the leaves. They are yellowish-green with 2 large dark spots on their back. In autumn they turn reddish-orange, hence their other common name, red spider. The first symptom that your plants are under attack is usually a white spotting on the surface of the leaves. In heavy infestations the mites remove nearly all the chlorophyll and the leaves turn yellow and drop off. Mites secrete a very fine, silk-like webbing which protects the mites from enemies and contact with chemical sprays. Two-spotted mite feeds on a wide range of plants, particularly cucumbers, tomatoes, capsicums, beans, roses, orchids, strawberries, berry fruits and apple and peach trees.
Suggested Organic Strategies:
Common organic practices such as making compost, mulching the soil and avoiding chemical insecticides help to encourage predatory mites, a major predator of two-spotted mite. A healthy garden will have a resident population of predatory mites to keep pest mites under control.
Try a high pressure hosing in the early morning, 3 days in a row.
An unlikely pest control device is a hand held vacuum cleaner! After vacuuming, tip the contents immediately into a plastic bag and place in the freezer for a few hours.
Keep your plants healthy by feeding, mulching and watering.