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Old 1 Week Ago   #31
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So which is better if you must use a pesticide?

Spinosad Spray or Seven dust powder?

I am still spraying with organics but am losing the war...
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So which is better if you must use a pesticide?

Spinosad Spray or Seven dust powder?

I am still spraying with organics but am losing the war...
Sevin is not what you want to use for spider mites. I have not used Spinosad so I won't comment on it. However I have used a lot of organic methods with only limited success against spider mites. Alternating and frequent spraying gave me some success with milder infestations.

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Bill (Anyone) I need advice here. I am losing the spider mite war on mostly my established plants. Fall plants are not as effected. I have green fruit on several plants but many have nothing due to heat has stopped fruit set. Should I just take my loss and pull all plants that are not producing and focus my energy on the fall plants coming up? I am at a cross roads to either spray the world with spinosad or move on... advice?
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I would and did use just this past week the Permethrin, DE and Dawn mix and spray the older plants from top to bottom including all the stems. I would also sprayed my newer plants which don't show any symptoms of spider mites yet but since they are on many of the older plants it is a good precaution and there are probably some on them already.

Older plants that aren't producing are a more complicated issue as to whether they are viable or not. I remove those that look sickly near the top and that don't have any healthy blooms forming. I also give them a good dose of Urban Farms Vegetable food and then a few days later give them a dose of Texas Tomato Food. I also make sure to remove all those low down suckers that form almost daily. It is still important to focus the plants energy on fruit set while maintaining just enough foliage for good production and a bit of shade. If a week or so after that treatment I don't see big improvement out of a plant then I will yank the old one but any that are showing good improvement I will leave a bit longer.

In this heat to get good fruit set you can not let the soil dry out too much and a good heavy mulch is a must to keep the soil cooler and more evenly moist. I also try to give them TTF every week or so to improve the fruit set which is always low in this high heat but it can be improved. I am getting some decent fruit set from some of my oldest plants and good fruit set on my newer ones including the ones set out in mid June.

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