Cyclamen mites are tiny arachnids that rarely cause serious damage. Plants affected are begonias, dahlias, ferns, fuchsias, gerbera, potted cyclamen, gloxinia, geraniums, african violets and other greenhouse plants, also strawberries. The leaves of the plants become deformed, small, curled or crumbly. They may blister and are normally rolled up at the edges.
This spray not only kills the mites but also acts as a mild fertilizer. Mix two and half gallons water, one teaspoon dishwashing liquid and three teaspoons ammonia. Pour this solution into a spray bottle and treat plants every five days for three weeks to get rid of mites.
The first potatoes were cultivated in Peru about 7,000 years ago.