Spider mite infested palms

Matthew Klein mkklein at cinti.net
Sat Nov 18 05:15:04 EST 1995


On 17 Nov 1995 01:41:26 GMT, burleigh at tcg.anl.gov (darin) wrote:

>In article <Nick.Dondo-1611951140550001 at slip-1-5.ots.utexas.edu>,
>Nick.Dondo at mail.utexas.edu (Nicolas F. Arredondo) wrote:
>
>> I've got an areca palm and a king palm that are both
>> infested with (what I believe to be) spider mites.
>> I've been told by others that I should just write the
>> plants off, as these are particularly nasty pests.
>> 
>> Is there anything that I can do to try to save them?
>> The king palm is pretty well covered, but the areca
>> still seems relatively free of the buggers.  I've
>> separated them, but it may be too late.

The local Conservatory uses a mixture of dormant oil and insecticidal
soap.  It appears to work; but you will probably have to do several
sparyings at about 2 week intervals.  I don't give up on plants until
they give up.
Matthew Klein
mkklein at cinti.net




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