Common diseases in our plants - Les Mimipots

Common diseases in our plants

One of the most common pests on our houseplants.

-Likes confined, humid environments and high temperatures.


It is absolutely necessary that you get rid of it as quickly as possible… by risk of killing your plants.


- toothpick and 70-90% alcohol or with soapy water then treat with an anti-cochineal product.

Maybe due to too much sun exposure

Too much fertilizer or too concentrated fertilizer

Irrigation water that is too chlorinated or polluted

Treatment / care

- Do not expose the plants to full sun during the hottest hours

- Always place the plant in a ventilated room

- Observe the dosing and fertilizer frequency indications

- Sprinkle with mineral water

If you spray water do not do it in direct sunlight for even greater risk of burns.

Probable causes: cold snap, burn, excess watering or too tightly packed / poorly ventilated substrate


Increase the spray on the foliage.

May need to be repotted.

Potting flies have a lifespan of about a week. They mate quickly and lay 50 to 300 eggs after a few hours.

Attracted by damp places rich in organic matter.

The females come to lay their eggs near the roots of the plants and in 6 weeks, the egg turns into a larva and finally into a fly.

They like moist potting soil and young shoots, potted plants and greenhouse crops.

The danger comes more from the larvae which feed on, among other things, the root hairs of the roots.

The plant is then no longer able to eat properly. It wilts, stops growing and, in extreme situations, can wither.

Do not overwater your plants. Let the soil dry well between waterings and drain the water from the saucers.

A light mulch of small pebbles or sand can be installed to deter flies from depositing their eggs.

They can be trapped with a sweet solution such as honey or balsamic vinegar and a little water.

Flies love sweet things and will drown.

If your plant is infested, one of the first things to do is repot it and change the substrate. (at the right time if possible).

The essential oils of cinnamon and rose geranium also seem to have some success in the fight against sciarides: 3 drops of each diluted in 1L of water. Use the mixture as garden water.

Red spider mites look like tiny spiders.

These mites multiply very quickly indoors, during the winter, when the atmosphere is hot and dry.

By sucking the sap from plants, they cause the appearance of small white spots on their leaves, when they do not cause them to turn yellow and fall off.

You can get rid of spider mites by placing the infested plant in the bath, and spraying the tops and undersides of its leaves with a strong stream of water.

You can also get rid of these undesirable by using insecticidal soap.

As with whiteflies, spray the product every two to three days until the problem is resolved.

They hide under leaves and in mulch. We must therefore remove their hiding place and not leave dead leaves on the ground.

A fungal disease, or fungal disease, is a disease caused in a plant by a fungus or other parasite.





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