Remember on Friday I talked about watching plants for signs of insect infestation? Apparently I wasn’t taking my own advice.
Of course these little evergreens are never happy indoors and I know that. But I was shocked to see this plant go from healthy to basically dead over the course of a week.
Only the bright green parts are still alive –& there are very few of those. Everything else is dead and crumbles under my fingers when I touch it.
What can cause such rapid deterioration? Only one thing: spider mites.
Now here is more evidence that Stephen King isn’t a gardener. Spider mites are tiny little spiders–almost invisible to the eye. Just like regular spiders , some make webs and some don’t . The ones that make webs are easier to find, but usually by the time you find your plants covered in the webs, it’s too late. They’re too far gone to save.
They breed quite quickly as well, reproducing themselves every 3 days. So a small infestation can get out of control quickly.
And they are so light that they can easily travel between or among plants on any current of air–or your watering can spout, for example .
Once you know that you have these in your house, you want to remove infested plants (this one is dead anyway) and watch everything else anywhere nearby very closely .
Do as I say, not as I do to avoid a lot of heartbreak.
Yuck! and in the house too! Spider mites are easy to miss though.
Tony, this time of year I joke that it’s just me and 60,000 of my little friends–because of all the critters on the plants (& of course the spiders and assorted other little things that get in like invasive ladybird beetles and western conifer seed bugs. ) But you are so right about the spider mites–blink and they are out of control.