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Evicting tenants

  • Bugs to look out for include the dreaded red spider mite, mealy bugs and my personal nemesis, scale insects

If you are lucky enough to have some tropical plants in pots you may be thinking about bringing them indoors or at least somewhere where they will be protected from the wintry weather.

It's not enough to carry or drag the pot into the corner of a cool room; you should give it a thorough check-over first. Insects may be lurking that will appreciate the move and use it to procreate and decimate all your plants that are overwintering alongside the host plant.

Bugs to look out for include the dreaded red spider mite, mealy bugs and my personal nemesis, scale insects.

Check undersides of leaves, stems and leaf bracts and identify every six-legged 'tenant' you come across before dealing with it. Ideally, make sure you are not killing beneficial insects that may also be taking advantage of the indoor climate.