Spider mite- organic control

Q: My porch plants and small garden started out green and growing, but now most of the leaves, especially the older growth have tiny dots all over them. I see no insects, flying or otherwise.

A: Do you have a sign by the street that says “Spider mites welcome!”?

You have them in each plant you sent and probably others. Some plants are more likely to host spider mites than others.

One of the more effective and safest ways to control mites is by simply spraying water on the plant leaves each afternoon. Be sure to spray the underside of leaves, where mites are usually found. To prevent disease, do the spraying while there is enough time for the leaves to dry.

Check new leaves in a few weeks to make sure the spider mites are gone.

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