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English Name

Cyclamen Mites


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.



Natural Repellent

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.

Did you know?

Archaeologists have uncovered evidence that grapes were grown to make wine about 8,000 years ago in Mesopotamia (today's Iraq), although the ancient Egyptians were the first to record the process of making wine about 5,000 years ago.