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This entry was posted on July 19, 2019 by Michael DiPaolo.
Plants grown in an AeroGarden are susceptible to all the same pests as other indoor houseplants. They can enter your home through open windows, on clothing, or on produce, flowers, or potted plants. If you see fine white threads on or between leaves, tiny black or green specks on stems or the underside of leaves, or a sticky substance on the surface of the leaves or grow deck, your plants may have picked up some hitchhikers. If you suspect you have some, look over your plants carefully with a magnifying glass. The following websites can help you identify insects that may affect your plants (click on the links below):
** Please be aware that the recommended control procedures listed on some of these sites may not be recommended for food plants.
If you do find insects on your plants, and your plants are still young and small, we recommend that you follow this procedure:
If your plants are older, larger and/or have fruit or flowers we recommend the following:
Here is a recipe for a gentle insecticidal soap spray that works well on soft-bodied insects such as aphids:
Organic Pest Deterrent
-- 1 Tbsp liquid castile soap with peppermint (such as Dr. Bronner’s® brand, which is available at most natural food stores)
-- 2 cups water
-- Mix together and put in an empty spray bottle.
Spider mites are particularly difficult to eradicate. To check for spider mites, inspect the underside of the leaves; they look like tiny gray dots. A heavily infested plant will have noticeable webs on the top sides of the leaves. If you see spider mites on your plants we recommend following the second procedure above using the pyrethrin-based insecticidal spray.
This entry was posted in Indoor Gardening Tips on July 19, 2019 by Michael DiPaolo.
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