a couple of questions

John Grimshaw j.grimshaw@virgin.net
Tue, 15 Aug 2006 22:20:14 PDT
Mary Gutierrez" wrote:

> Also -- this summer I have what appear to be spider mites on my
> Crocosmia 'Lucifer' as well as a few different gladiolus. I've never
> had this problem before--anyone have experience to share?

This is a common problem on Gladiolus and Crocosmia and can be treated with 
whatever technique you prefer for dealing with spider mites. I use 
biological control on plants under cover, but don't bother outside where 
infestations are usually less serious. On a stiff leaf like a Gladiolus you 
can run it gently between finger and thumb to manually crush the beasties. 
It helps a bit.

We have not had a big problem with spider mite this year, luckily, and with 
cooling temperatures we may have escaped.

John Grimshaw

Dr John M. Grimshaw
Garden Manager, Colesbourne Gardens

Sycamore Cottage
Nr Cheltenham
Gloucestershire GL53 9NP

Website: http://www.colesbournegardens.org.uk/ 

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