Trey, Well, we've tried... and Orthene did not eradicate our mites (and it doesn't kill chilli thrips either) the mites just kept coming back a little while after treatment. We've tried several different poisons, finally had to research different miticides because nothing we tried got rid of them completely. The Avid worked for us.
Post by DirtyDivisions on Sept 3, 2014 11:05:01 GMT -5
sunbelle, I believed you the first time and wasn't doubting you knew what you were talking about:) I was just saying that there is a lot of misinformation out there. I really appreciate you and the others steering me in the right direction. THANK YOU .
Tough to ID those without a closer look. If there is lack of damage to the trap and lack of webbing, I wouldn't be too concerned about them just yet, but do keep an eye on them. I'd especially not be concerned if you're only finding them on nectar glands of the plant, ain't a single "bad" spider mite that I know of that just chills there.
Sunbelle is spot on about Acephate. It is an excellent insecticide but not effective on mites and some thrip. In fact, its been my go-to systemic on a variety of crops for decades. For those not familiar with it though, one thing to be aware of with acephate is that its an organophosphate and can have adverse impacts on us humans. Always be conscious of not inhaling it. In fact, here in NZ acephate in solution under the trade name Orthene was banned from public sale around 10 years ago. As we speak, a regulatory ban on the only retail form available under a different trade name is under way with it being withdrawn from sale. Only those with the requisite horticultural permit will be able to procure it in the future.
Mike, you're right about a closer look. Those holiday campers on Trey's plants compare pretty much 100% with the mites we sometimes get on Sarras here in Kiwiland. Microscope magnification will confirm these are mites. As to exactly what species? Possibly one within Tarsonemidae. That was my entomologist's suspicion when he saw them - but as he said, there are thousands of species of mite out there! Certainly at the time we didn't feel bothered about referencing all the intricate diagnostic features to confirm exactly which one.
Happily, I haven't seen these mites on my plants for years now.
Trey, if you want to get rid of them and you know someone else who has them too, maybe do a deal to share the cost of abamectin (Avid in U.S as sunbelle confirms) and split the volume (you'll all still get more than you'll use in a lifetime).
As a nursery, we "shoot first, ask questions later" and we would spray them. Trey, since you're not a nursery, you might want to just wait and see if they're a problem. Spray at the fist sign of deformation or negative effects on the plants.
sanguinearocks101: What are good plants to make hybrids with S. luecophylla with? Im looking for dark colors.
Sept 10, 2020 18:46:52 GMT -5
adaetz100: Sarracenia purpurea tends to add a lot of red/purple to its offspring, but there are some lovely dark red flava x leucophylla crosses too. Look up 'Royal Ruby' if you're not familiar with it already--it's a natural flava x leuco hybrid
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sarrseens: How about $50
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