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I hate spider mites!!! I've found them on a few of my thinner leaf plants this winter. Finally decided to get out the humidifier, I've been lazy about the low humidity and I think that's been part of the problem.
But what SFLguy is describing doesn't sound like it's effecting the plant just the potting medium.


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Remember every time you stick the stick into the pot you could be damaging roots and allowing infection in.
 

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Remember every time you stick the stick into the pot you could be damaging roots and allowing infection in.
I thought of that when I started using them, I put the stick in softly and don't push if there's any resistance. At this point there's a hole in the medium that is just slightly larger than the skewer. The skewer slides in without even a bit of resistance.
 

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I hate spider mites!!! I've found them on a few of my thinner leaf plants this winter. Finally decided to get out the humidifier, I've been lazy about the low humidity and I think that's been part of the problem.
But what SFLguy is describing doesn't sound like it's effecting the plant just the potting medium.


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They're definitely not spider mites. I found those on one very small plant that I was able to control for
 
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I don't know anything about mites, but I love that bloom! What a fabulous showing! I hope my callosum does that well when it flowers ... one day ... :)
 

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They're definitely not spider mites. I found those on one very small plant that I was able to control for

That's good! What you were describing didn't sound anything like spider mites. I still think what you have is just soil mites.
How's the bloom coming along?!


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That's good! What you were describing didn't sound anything like spider mites. I still think what you have is just soil mites.
How's the bloom coming along?!


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It's open but the dorsal hasn't finished curling so I'm letting that happen before taking a picture haha
 

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Are they little, black, round to oval, mites and if you look closely you can see their little legs!? :eek:
They're small enough that I can't distinguish if they're ovals or circles
 

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