House plants sometimes have problems despite your best love and care.
Here you'll discover how to identify and tackle those house plant pests and house plant diseases like spider mites, fungus, aphids and other things that are bugging your plants. You'll get tips for insects control with sure-fire solutions.
Most bugs and diseases arrive with new plants. You can prevent a lot of problems by simply inspecting a plant thoroughly before bringing it home.
Here are a few things to look for before you buy house plants:
Treat your plant as soon as you notice any fungus or pest infestation.
Insects reproduce quickly and will invade other plants, carrying any disease from plant to plant.
It's also a good idea to keep new plants away from the others for a month to avoid a pest invasion on your other plants.
Keeping your plant healthy is its best defense for fighting off house plant diseases.
A plant that's under stress from underwatering, overwatering, too much or too little sun -- whatever the reason -- is more vulnerable to diseases than a healthy plant. Fortunately, many problems are treatable if caught early. But remember, prevention is always better than the cure.
Poor air circulation and high humidity are favorable conditions for powdery mildew. Watch for this dusty, white fungus on tops of leaves and on flowers. African violets and begonias are especially susceptible because of their thick, soft leaves and their need for high humidity.
Promptly remove any dead flowers and leaf stems from your plant. Under moist conditions, fungus thrives on dead plant tissue and becomes a breeding ground for diseases and attracts insects.
Look over your plants regularly for signs of pests. Many of these critters have preferred locations:
Clean your house plants. Keeping plants dust-free not only helps them stay healthy and attractive, it also helps to rid them of insects.
Before resorting to harsh chemicals to control pests, try to remove insects by wiping them off with a damp cloth or with soapy water. If that doesn't work, neem oil insecticide is an organic solution for eliminating many common house plant pests. It even controls some types of fungus on plants.