heres the thing though - i have never had a problem with spider mites since ive set up this room. i use azamax as a foliar spray once a week at .8% strength. my leaves and stems have absolutley NO signs of mite damage at all. the one that is mainly affected by this right now is a strawberry cough. 2 other strawberries have a few crawlers, one bubba kush has a few crawlers, and one strain my buddy crossed called Hindu Death Potion (Love Potion #1 x Hindu Kush) have a few crawlers. i mostly have sour diesels in my room, along with bubba kush. they are looking very lush green and are growing very fast. the strawberries aren't as lush green, but i feel like the one strawberry that really has the problem looks a little bit more N deficient than the others. this strawberry is also larger than my other strawberries. ive had spider mites before. they have taken over a whole bud of mine with a web before. that was over a year ago though. i have really improved all of my preventitiveness since. plus i changed locations with all new plants + equipment. there is absolutley NO spider mite damage on ANY of the leaves in my room at all. they are just crawling everywhere in the soil. i used about a half gallon of azamax + water (.4% strength) mixture to water directly into the medium. i did this yesterday and havnt seen any of them slow down (not like i would expect the neem type effects to work so quickly), but im hoping when i go to apply the second application in 2 more days i see a reduction in their population.
the tips of a few newly devoloped leaves on the plant turn a dark green and shrivel up. nothing like the plant is curling over and dying, but it looks as it could be an early onset to somthing else. it is actually more prevailent on the one bad strawberry. i dont believe it is pH related or nute deficient, it looks more diseased or like it is getting pestered (like that word? )
could they be aphids? i dont really see any gnats flying around. i may see one flying around every other week, but its always only one and its never frequent. i did see the one land in the soil of other plants i have in the room, but they have no crawlers. they are also in pro mix mycorise sphagnum peat. i dont see sap or anything on the stems, though.
i called my more experienced friend and asked him, and he said they may be some kind of larvae. he told me i should use a product called "go gnats"? i am using all organic, so i really wouldnt like to take that route. he didnt see the problem up close and personal, but he also told me they could be soil mites? he said some soil mites are actually benificial and eat fungus gnats. im not sure. i really wish i could post a picture but god damn cell phones...we used coco but we didnt flush it out completley for salts like everybody recomends because we didnt research it that much before we planted. we transplanted these about a month ago, though, and yesterday was the first time i noticed the problem. well anybody have any ideas? thoughts? feedback? solutions? can spider mites live off of things in the soil, and nothing above the dirt? anything would be greatly appreciated
Edited by OSUB, 03 July 2011 - 12:22 AM.