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My mint has finally decided to bush out after much worry but the leaves have white spots on them. I've had a quick inspection and can't see any infestation plus the basil and parsley pots look alright (i.e. no spots on them) and they are next to each other.
Here's an example I found of what it looks like:
I've checked around and can't see any insects plus the neighbouring pots of basil and parsley are not showing similar signs.
Does anyone have any advice?
I have also bought this bug spray from B&Q http://www.diy.com/nav/garden/garden-care-watering/pest-weed-control/insect_control/-specificproducttype-insect___bug_control/Bug-Clear-Ultra-Gun-750Ml-33-Free-11907627 but abit hesitatnt on using it incase I poison myself. I heard soap and water works just as well. Does anyone have any advice?
Hi Mizzli Can you try to post the pic again please - click on the little tree on the toolbar and you'll get the instructions.
Thanks for your post - I noticed half my post was cut off when I submitted it. It's happened quite a few times now when I have created a post. Must be a bug!
Thats a similar image I found on Google but will post one up of my mint leave when I get home later this evening!
I don't think it's an infestation - it might be a deficiency in the soil - do I remember that this mint got a bit waterlogged? Have you potted it on recently and now it's bushing out and growing well?
I really wouldn't worry about it - it's really hard to kill mint, particularly at this time of year. Don't spray it with anything as I presume you're going to eat your mint. I think it'll grow out of it and even if it doesn't it's not a problem - there are some variegated mints so it might have a bit of variagation in its DNA.
Thanks for your advice. I think my mint was over crowded and growing from the kitchen windowsill. I bought it from a supermarket with four plants in one pot and it began to get leggy. Afterwards I repotted it and split then put it outside and it has grown relatively well again - except for the white spots! I will post up a picture of them tonight when I get back!
Finally got a pic of my mint leaves:
If it's a deficiency in the soil, do I need to add anything like supplements? It was repotted not that long ago.
I think the white spots are physical damage perhaps caused by hail. The young leaves which have emerged perhaps after the hail storm look to be unaffected.
Quite a few of my plants look very similar. The white spots took a few days to appear after the hail, but I have seen it before.
I have the same white spots on all my mint plants. The cat-nip has leaves that have white spots and the whole leaves are ghost like. I live in California and these plants have never had hail. All plants are in pots, all got spots at about the same time this year.