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How To Know If Your Plant Has Mites Or Aphids And Why Your Cactus Isn't Blooming

Gardening Expert Jos Roozen gives his tips for figuring out whether or not you have a mite problem or a aphid problem and sheds some light on the reason your cactus hasn't started blooming yet.

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"People call me and they say, oh my Thanksgiving or Christmas cactus, you know, it's so beautiful, but no flowers, I said you kept them in too warm a place, I guess."

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If you see fuzziness underneath the leaves, then you have mites. So you turn the leaf over and if you see dust on there, then you have to spray them again, but it's a year round spray all, if you didn't do it. - So you spray the top or the bottom? - You spray underneath the leaves. - Hit it from the bottom, got it. - And then if the plants look sticky, then you have Aphids. And they are mainly near the buds and the points where, you know, the growth, and it looks kinda sweaty looking I guess, you know, and what you have to do in order to get rid of those, you have to use that Bonide systemic houseplant insect control and you just put it in the container and then as you water it, amino grow it comes out of the particle, comes into the root, into the stem, and goes to the top and then gets rid of those aphids over there, so, two different things that you normally have trouble with, with indoor plants, so it's that aphids and spider mites. If it's real dry in the house, you have spider mite problems, if it's you know like a hibiscus, generally you always end up with aphids. Couple other notes, you know because the holidays are upon us pretty soon, and a lot of people they have those Christmas cactus? You need to expose 'em to some cold weather so before you put them inside the house, you know expose them to about 5-7 days of about fifty degree nights and what they do then is they go from a vegetative state into a bloom making state and then you can expect some flowers around Christmas or Thanksgiving, depending what kind it is I guess. You know, it is kinda late, I guess it should have happened a little earlier, but you can still do it, because a lot of people call me and they say, oh my Thanksgiving or Christmas cactus, you know, it's so beautiful, but no flowers, I said you kept them in too warm a place, I guess, you know, so, give them a week of cool weather, and then just sit tight and automatically you'll see if you have it in plenty of light, you'll see bud forming after about, I would say about 6-8 weeks.