my poor monstera seems to be dying in the grips of thrips. I always wipe them off and clean my plants regularly, but I don’t panic if I see them. this is what i'm going to try: https://www.homedepot.ca/product/ortho-bug-b-gon-eco-insecticidal-soap-ready-to-use-1l/1001190561. Ordered insectidial soap upon reading your comment last night :). Dust it on the leaves. it can almost make it look likes it’s meant to be there. They bloody love a Monstera though. Any recommendations? Thrips are teeny tiny – between half a millimetre and half a centimetre long. Today I showered the entire plant and did a deep wash with some soap in it and then rinsed it off. I’ll definitely have to be vigilant in summer, but I’m ready! Why Are The Leaves Drooping or Falling Off My Monstera? It’s important to isolate the plant to stop the spread of scale to other plants that are nearby. Generally when a monstera starts to grow outwards is when its a good time to add a moss pole if it hasnt already been added from the beginning. The most common pests that you can come across are spider mites, scale insects and grasshoppers. They’ll go for any plant that looks delicious to them. Thrips look like moving rice. Rumour has it that if you’re quick enough, they can green up again, but that didn’t happen to me. Spray the plant with a neem oil mix or a bug spray made up of washing up liquid and water. Yay. Young leaves are thinner, so they don’t have as many layers (and therefore as much chlorophyll) as older leaves. Lol, I got thrips. Commentdocument.getElementById("comment").setAttribute( "id", "ad6ac0b774a2bab5e737958bfb81a9a7" );document.getElementById("e84b87f39a").setAttribute( "id", "comment" ); Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. The most common pests that you can come across are spider mites, scale insects and grasshoppers. And then it kept producing these mottled leaves despite very few thrips, which stopped when I fertilised it. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. As to whether chlorotic leaves will turn green again…the juries out. Or for a non chemical alternative here is a list of essential oils that are effective against spider mites. Signs that your plant is affected by scale insects is leaf drop or yellowing leaves and white and yellowish spots on the leaves, stems or branches. Thrips can also cause new leaves to grow in a deformed way. Press J to jump to the feed. As they develop, the plant gets greener. Thrips indoors are not as common as thrips on outdoor plants, but they do occur and it is important to take care of them before the damage becomes too difficult to deal with. document.write(''); I say this in every post but it’s the first line of defence against introducing unwanted pests into your plant collection. If you mist your plants, stop misting the affected plant. Generally when a monstera starts to grow outwards is when its a good time to add a moss pole if it hasnt already been added from the beginning. Spider mites are small reddish brown in color and have spider like bodies thus their name. Ok. You guys are reassuring me about the damage on the leaves. So far I’ve evaded thrips (I think), probably because my house is pretty humid and not many plants get the chance to be bone dry. Maybe you had your windows open and a thrips blew in. If you notice insects or insect damage, act fast before the problem spreads! So come and join the discussion, share your tips, knowledge and pics!

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