A friend of mine has been trying to grow cherry tomatoes on his
outside deck, along with a variety of other veggies in his "salad" garden.
(something he picked up at a nature store). Now his tomatoes are being
eaten by spider mites.
Firstly, let me say that he is not growing, dope, weed, Mary Jane,
whatever you wanna call it. I've gone to a few of the gardening stores in
the area and they've given me sly looks, winked and nooded when I asked
about this dilema. God forbid someone actually grow tomatoes.
In this person's mind, since I read the bionet.plants newsgroup I am
some sort of great wealth of information. I suggested brining them inside
and putting them in some sort of clean environment, that is after going
over every surface of the plant with an alcohol swab. *(I did read that
here didn't I?)* I even offered to take one off his hands and put in
under flourescents in my bathroom since I've heard they hate high
Since I am going to help my buddy out here and take one or two plants,
what I need to know is, 1) how do I get rid of the current infestation?
It's not so bad yet that they are spinning webs. 2) Once it is "clean"
what sort of clean environment should I put them in? *I figured I would
give bath a thorough cleaning, it needs it anyways! and put them in
there for the extra humidity* 3) What can I do to keep them from coming
back? *Would a venus fly trap plant help any maybe?*, as I assume he
wants these back once he can keep the mites away.
Finally, to keep my own house plants safe, do I have to worry about
Spider Mites and my..
1) Wandering Jews
4) Zebra Plant (Alphelandra Squarrosa according to my plant book)
6) Rubber Plant *Thanks to all those who helped me with it! She's alive
6) Something that looks like a cast iron plant except with Redish Purple
7) I also have two others that I have yet to identify.
I've heard of predatory mites, but this is simply four tomato plants, not
really worth the investment.
To those who have answers, time is of the essence!
Many Many thanks in advance!
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