Remember this photo of my citrus from early October? I said that in a few months they would lose their leaves.
So when the large variegated one on the end began to do so about 2 weeks ago, I really didn’t even pay attention. All the citrus get scale every winter and I could see it recurring. So I figured between the scale and the unbelievably dim light that we have been having because of all the rain (but it’s still rain, not ice and not much snow, so I will take it, thank you very much!) it was just normal leaf loss.
This is a warning about what happens when you assume. Needless to say, it wasn’t normal leaf loss, nor was it due to the scale alone.
I am not even sure how I noticed: it might have happened in a rare sunny moment (because we don’t get whole sunny days).
I was watering and I noticed that the variegated plant was covered in webbing. Spider mites. So not only was that plant infested, but every other plant on the windowsill was infested–because spider mites get out of control very quickly.
Luckily I had a warm day to take everything outside to spray it off with an organic oil. I also washed the whole windowsill down and washed all the trays out.
But for the rest of the winter now,I will need to be vigilant about watching–& probably treating for spider mites.
Oh well. At least I won’t be bored.