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Ponytail plant

Zone 74728 | Rp52 added on December 29, 2016 | Answered

I have what looks to be a large number of small mites coming out of the bulb. I had to set the plant back outside. Any idea of how to kill them and not my plant?

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Alisma
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Answered on December 29, 2016

First, make sure the plant is not overwatered and that it has the proper light and soil conditions. This will keep the plant healthy and more resistant to infestations:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/ponytail-palm/ponytail-palm-care.htm

Then, make sure the bugs you are seeing really are mites. You can see pictures of mites and other pests by following the links on this university site:
http://ipm.ucanr.edu/PMG/menu.invertebrate.html

If you do have mites, see these articles for control methods:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/insects/common-mites-affecting-plants.htm
http://ipm.ucanr.edu/PMG/PESTNOTES/pn7405.html

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