Little green bugs on jasmine climber…

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Ronan Halpenny asked 14 years ago

Hi Gerry, I couldnt find the answer to this in the other sections so I thought I would direct it to you. In my porch I have a Star Jasmine (Trachelospermum Jasminoides) which I planted last year in a pot about 1ft wide and deep. It grew and flowered well. This year trained last years growth onto a small trellis but the growth seems to be only OK. The flowers werent blooming fully and some are withering before flowering and on closer inspection today I discovered that there are tiny dark green / black mites or bugs all over the flowers. None seem to be on the leaves as far as I can see. The porch is west facing and gets very warm with the evening sun. Some of the new leaves look a bit sweaty at times too. Any ideas about what the little invaders could be. Im very disappointed to find them and I hope I don’t have to scrap the plant as a result. The scent reminds me of my honeymoon in Thailand! Hope you enjoyed Bloom. Thanks for your help. Ive tried to capture it in a photo but they are so small it’s difficult to get a good shot. Ronan Halpenny

2 Answers

Gerry Daly Staff answered 4 years ago
The pest is greenfly or aphids, to which any idoor plant is susceptible. Trachelospermum can be grown on a warm wall outdoors, or in a conservatory or porch in a large pot.

You will need to use derris or similar, because there are no greenfly predators indoors. Soap-based greenfly spray, effective outdoors,  can cause scorching on the foliage of plants indoors.

Gerry Daly Staff answered 4 years ago
The pest is greenfly or aphids, to which any idoor plant is susceptible. Trachelospermum can be grown on a warm wall outdoors, or in a conservatory or porch in a large pot.

You will need to use derris or similar, because there are no greenfly predators indoors. Soap-based greenfly spray, effective outdoors,  can cause scorching on the foliage of plants indoors.

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