Nobody likes to see their plants filled with aphids, or that other pest appear. For this reason, from our blog, we want to give you some advice to prevent pests and grow your strong and healthy cries.
1. A well-fertilized plant is better resistant to pests
Did you know that insects prefer weaker plants? For this reason, our first advice is not to forget to fertilize them regularly. A healthy plant is much less attractive to them and much more productive for us!
You can use a generic fertilizer for flowering plants or those from the garden. There are specific fertilizers for roses, geraniums, even for bonsai. The important thing is to always follow the manufacturer’s instructions because even excessive use of fertilizers and fertilizers can be harmful.
Aphids (pictured below) prefer nitrogen-rich plants. An excess of this nutrient can then convert your plant into a target for these pests.
2. Check your plants regularly
The monitoring should include both sides of the leaves, looking for stains, small holes or small webs. More than once I happened to discover that my plants had white flies passing and unwittingly touching the leaves.
We will gradually learn to identify possible problems and apply their solutions. Many parasites are cyclical, they repeat year after year, so we must not be discouraged. Let’s try to be positive, from all the experiences you will learn something new and, if you repeat yourself next year, we will already know how to behave.
3. Not all insects are bad
It is interesting to try to identify the many insects that inhabit our garden or garden and see that not all feed our plants. Some are predators, so they eat insects that attack our plants, becoming welcome friends in our green spaces.
This consists in promoting biodiversity. For example, a balcony where only one type of plant is grown appears as a paradise for any pest that specializes in that type of crop. Those who cultivate an urban garden know this well, and for this reason, we never forget to grow certain plants together with horticultural ones.
The basil repels mosquitoes and white fly, the nasturtium instead snails and ants.
4. Apply preventive treatments
You can choose to treat your plants when you encounter a problem or apply specific products to avoid them. If your geraniums get sick every year because of a butterfly that lays its eggs on the plant … why don’t you try to prevent it with an insecticide?
5. Follow the application instructions carefully
As when the doctor prescribes an antibiotic, we must scrupulously follow the indications on the package with the plants. Many insecticides are effective on adult parasites that are on the plant but do not act on eggs which can hatch after 15 days. If the instructions advise repeating the application of the product, we advise you to do it.
6. Beware of excess water
Most mushrooms appear due to excess water. We may have caused it by watering too much or nature itself after much rain.
In any case, we can try to prevent them by using a fungicide. We won’t be able to avoid the rain, but at least let’s try to protect ourselves from mushrooms!
7. A dry leaf is not a symptom of the disease
If you are at your first experience with plants, don’t be afraid to see a leaf that starts to turn yellow. No, it is necessarily a sign of disease or a problem with our plant.
During the growth and development of any plant, it is normal for its leaves to renew themselves, as happens to us with the hair, they fall but new ones continue to grow, isn’t it?
In these cases, look at the position the leaf occupies in the plant. Is it one of the largest and oldest? If so we can rest assured, it has reached the end of its life cycle.
We will have to worry if the leaf in question is new, among the smallest, if it is born with some deformity or strange color.
If you notice lackluster leaves in your pots, in these cases it would be convenient to use iron chelate. The leaves are telling us that they lack this nutrient, which we can easily supply them by adding them to the soil.