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11/06/2013 at 23:10

Help !!!

I recently bought banana plant from my local store for my hallway, when I bought it it had vigorous cloth and I was very pleased with it then I noticed that the leaves where going yellow and brown so when I was watering it on a sunny day I noticed there was a silk web on it so I cut the leaf off for a closer look and I noticed white mites on it. Can someone tell me how to treat this I don't want to throw it away 

Many thanks 

 

11/06/2013 at 23:50

Sounds like mealybugs - do they look like this http://apps.rhs.org.uk/advicesearch/profile.aspx?PID=201

Banana plants are prone to these infestations.

12/06/2013 at 00:00

The web is almost certainly a sign of spider mite.  These tiny pests can be somewhat controlled by raising the humidity around the plant.  The easiest way is to regularly spray with water (several times a day.)  Standing the plant pot on a tray of wet gravel will help, too.  They love hot dry conditions and are difficult to eradicate completely.  Use a magnifying glass to confirm:

http://apps.rhs.org.uk/advicesearch/profile.aspx?pid=190

There is a predator mite available called Phytoseiulus persimilis which will eradicate it, but they are expensive.

 

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