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The Scourge of this Summer’s Garden: Spider Mites
|| 9/25/2009 || 4:43 pm || 1 Comment Rendered || ||

spider mites1 The Scourge of this Summers Garden: Spider Mites

I first noticed the green bean plants in my backyard starting die but didn’t realize that it was a pest. I simply thought the plant was receiving too much sunlight and not enough water. As the leaves wilted on the green bean plant, I sincerely wondered if the ground might have been contaminated by some foreign chemical. On my 3rd floor deck, where I was already growing my Basil plant and my Jaloro pepper plant, I decided to plant some of the seeds harvested from first green bean plant in my backyard. About a month later the green bean plant was showing the same discoloration on the leaves. Again, I didn’t think much of it. I simply thought the green bean plant was not suited to either this climate or the soil I was using. I continued to let the green bean plant grow and the rest of the leaves slowly wilted. Then I noticed that my Jaloro plant was showing discoloration on the leaves. As a pepper plant, I knew it was designed to receive ample sunlight, and the discoloration raised the final flag. I decided to turn the leaf over, squint my eyes, and there they were, spider mites.

spider mites2 The Scourge of this Summers Garden: Spider Mites

Can you see them? I believe the light orange spec is the living spider mite and the dark spheres is the spider mite eggs.


spider mites3 The Scourge of this Summers Garden: Spider Mites

Not only did they infest my green bean plants and my Jaloro plant (above), they also infested my tomato plants. I discovered the tomato infestation because the leaves began to wilt and only the end of the plant was growing. Meaning, the tomato plants were fighting off the infestation by continuing to grow away from the older leaves. The basil plant, however, withstood the spider mite infestation. Next year I hope to combat this annoying pest because I now know what to look for!


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  1. [...] to grow larger than it would have under normal outdoor growing conditions. In all, even with the spider mite infestation, this plant has yielded over 80 beautifully colored peppers. I have saved many of the seeds and I [...]

    Pingback by Growing a Jaloro plant on my back deck – Part Five [The Second Harvest] « The Daily Render by Nikolas R. Schiller — 10/1/2009 @ 8:02 pm

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