It’s absolutely normal to hold back a bit when you want to apply the insecticide treatment for your potted lemon.
Before applying any insecticide you should be well-informed about this procedure, making sure which insecticide is best for your lemon tree.
Anyhow, I’ve done my homework and searched for the best and most handy solution to get rid of pests that attacked your lemon tree.
How does a pest-attacked lemon tree look like?
- It has a pale look which indicates an illness.
- The young leaves won’t have that dark green tint. They will have a chlorotic aspect.
- If you analyze the leaves more closely, you will see on the superior leaf surface small discoloration portions.
- If you look at the inferior side of the leaf (you need a magnifying glass or a good eye) you will find the cause: some tiny reddish-brown insects.
The actions of red spider
- The red spider feeds with the sap of the leaves, which extracts it by stinging the tissues.
- Basically, the leaves are drained by energy, and this attack causes the decline and vulnerability of the plant.
- When the attacks become massive, spiders, due to overpopulation, can also attack the upper part of the leaves.
- You will need a beer (preferably black beer because it contains more alcohol).
- Meticulously, wipe each side with a soft cloth soaked in beer, face and back.
- You will notice that the leaves are quite resistant to this operation, allowing you to rub them.
- By rubbing, the spiders will be crushed, and the leaves will get a special gloss due to beer.
- In addition, beer also has nutritional action on the leaves, acting as a foliar fertilizer.
– No matter how meticulously you will wipe the leaves, spiders will remain on the leaves trying to restore their colony.
– For this reason, it’s necessary to repeat the procedure after a while, either on the whole plant or in the areas where the problems reappear.