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Wednesday - April 02, 2008

From: Austin, TX
Region: Southwest
Topic: Wildflowers
Title: Mildew and red spider mites on native bluebonnets
Answered by: Barbara Medford

QUESTION:

In reply to the spider mite question. Absolutely! They were on the tops of the leaves which is unusual. I looked under a magnifying glass and confirmed this. I also have some mildew on the lower leaves. Maybe they were a little crowded and this has caused both problems. I will try your remedy. Thanks

ANSWER:

Good, hope it works well.
 

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