Mites outdoors

My plants are infested with spider mites and I plan to plant them outdoors in October to flower them. Will the wind and rain solve the mite problem naturally?
Jonny Switchblade
Jacksonville, Florida

Probably. The outdoor environment is much less friendly to mites than indoors. Wind, rain, cool weather and predators will all take their toll on the mites. To remove most of the mites as the plants are moved outdoors, spray the plants with water using a hose with a nozzle. Mites hang out mostly on the underside of leaves so that’s where the spray should be aimed.The pressurized water dislodges most of the mite population, decreasing stress on the plants. After the plants are washed, spray them with an anti-transpirant to prevent stresses that result in dehydration and wilting. Many mites and their eggs will become trapped in the thin film of drying anti-transpirant that covers the leaf.

Once the plants are outdoors for a few weeks, the mite problem should disappear.

Readers with grow questions (or answers) should send them to Ed at: Ask Ed, PMB 147, 530 Divisadero St., San Francisco, California 94117, USA. You can also email Ed at [email protected], and send queries via his websites at www.ask-ed.net. All featured questions will be rewarded with a copy of Ed’s new book, Best of Ask Ed: Your Marijuana Questions Answered. Sorry, Ed cannot send personal replies to your questions.

Comments