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Article: Aloe mite: The hidden scourge of the Mediterranean succulent garden: aloe cancer article

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excelsa
Albany, CA
(Zone 9b)

December 18, 2010
9:56 AM

Post #8266455

Hi Geoff,

Thanks for your informative article on aloe mites.

Since aloe mites are easily killed if exposed and do not actually live inside the plant tissue (only in the galls), could a prophylactic treatment/regimen be effective in knocking them down?

In other words, would the use of any contact pesticide that could smother these microscoptic critters (i.e. insecticidal soap or any refined/horticultural oil) be helpful before the mites find secure homes in their galls?

This message was edited Jan 16, 2011 8:31 AM

palmbob

palmbob
Acton, CA
(Zone 8b)


December 18, 2010
2:14 PM

Post #8266763

possibly, but it would have to appied so frequently that I think it would be impractical. You never know when the mites will 'blow' into your collection, unless it's very well protected and isolated... then perhaps at the time any new aloe comes into the area/collection. ONe good reason why all aloe acquisitions should probably be in a completely isolated area for a year before being mixed with ones own expensive and rare ones.
excelsa
Albany, CA
(Zone 9b)

December 19, 2010
12:27 PM

Post #8267949

Thanks.

This message was edited Jan 16, 2011 8:34 AM

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