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Old 03-25-2013, 01:43 PM   #1
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When introducing new plants into your home...
ALWAYS Set them well away from any existing plants for at least a month long inspection period.
Before moving them alongside your favorites....Take a real close look at them.

Do you notice any damage to the health or the appearance of the plant?
Are there yellow, brown or off colored areas showing up on its leaves?
Do you see any glossy, shiny, or black spots on its leaves?
Is the new growth small or contorted?
Have you noticed tiny little webs?
Do you see white powdery areas?
Is it starting to shed leaves?
Are the leaves sticky?
Does it wilt or droop?

How does the soil look?
Are there tiny little things crawling or jumping about on or in its surface?
Have you noticed almost fruit fly like insects flying about lately?
Is the soil coated in a green, yellow or crusty white substance?

Do the flowers and buds appear healthy?
Are they discolored, distorted or appear to be missing parts?

Any of the above may very well mean....Your newly acquired plant harbors incoming PESTS!
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Plants that are under stress.....
Those that have had too much or too little water,
Those that have been kept in a too hot or too cool of an environment,
Those that have had too much or not enough nutrients etc,. etc. etc.... seem to attract and accumulate "more" insects and their cumulative damage than a properly tended, healthy plant.

If you haven't yet caught their infestation...
They may have already began multiplying, moving and spreading their reign throughout your home to your "Other" plants!
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Open for discussion.
Just how DO the various pests move from one area or plant to the next?
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Air currents, water, contact.....
Can you think of any other methods of movement from one plant to the next?
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Old 03-29-2013, 09:56 AM   #5
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Insects may spread when you forget to wash your hands-tools between transplanting, moving, thinning, pinching, or leaf drop.
The insects themselves are capable of movement through flight, crawling, or use of webs.

Now that you know the various ways a pest moves from one subject to the next......
Keep plants from touching one another, wash your hands and tools between plants, Avoid splashing water about its foliage or soil,
Clean up after all leaf drop, inspect, inspect, and inspect again at regular intervals.

Just how does one detect an invasion?
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Usually just setting em away from other plants isn't enough and a month usually won't be along enough isolation period.
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"Can you think of any other methods of movement from one plant to the next?" Ya know.... some pests are pretty good at host jumping on their own and don't even need to get a lift from us or our animals!!!!
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Old 04-05-2013, 08:17 PM   #7
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True, so very true.
We'll now continue on with...

"Detecting their presence"
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Light, thin areas on leaves.

Signs of necrosis...Brown, dry, dead areas.
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Tiny dark Spots..fecal matter.

Still can not detect anything?

Look at the flip side of not one, but quite a few of the leaves showing the previous symptoms.
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Ah HA! And what have we here??

Specks..Specks in all sorts of shapes, sizes and color.
Move in for a better look with your magnifying glass.

THERE'S your infestation!
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Do you recognize them (in their infantile stage) upon this geranium leaf?
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Old 04-11-2013, 01:47 PM   #8
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If you guessed THRIPS, you are correct!

The adult Thrips have wings and are capable of flying and spreading virus to other plants.
Tomato spotted wilt https://www.google.com/search?q=toma...w=1280&bih=909
and impatiens necrotic spot https://www.google.com/search?q=impa...w=1280&bih=909
Remove ALL infected plants that could spread the disease elsewhere!

Management.
Insecticidal soaps, oils or sticky traps may be used to control the adults but are not very good at eliminating their eggs within the plant nor their pupal stage in the soil. Repeat applications are a must.
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I woulda guessed thrips.... I hate those things!!! They're nuthin but trouble in a greenhouse!!!
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