I noticed some insects on the Scotch Bonnet last night – hope they aren’t the same ones as the tomatoes. I think they are aphids…but that’s what I thought about the toms at first too! I covered the plant with Garden Safe Insecticidal Soap today, which we bought at Lowe’s last night. There are quite a few small leaves, as this plant is from last year and it is just now coming into season after I pruned it a couple of weeks back. Some leaves are a bit yellow, so I added some fish emulsion to the watering today.
It is currently 75F with a projected high of 84, so I moved the plant into shade before spraying.
One reader has said that my problem seems to be spider mites. That makes sense. While I don’t have a lot of visible webbing, the damage looks like it very well could be these arachnids in action.
Right now, the temperature is 84F, and humidity non-existent, so it’s a perfect environment for them to thrive in. Since I have been diligent about checking my plants, and the problem is relatively small and new I am treating the mites the same way I caught the aphids off-guard. Soap and water. A couple drops of Dawn dish soap in my spray bottle, and I have saturated the plants from the bottom and the tops of the leaves.
Of course, it is still 84 degreees – so this dries pretty rapidly, but it is increasing the humidity a bit, and I was pretty thorough about spraying them. Washed off any foreign matter, for sure. Will reapply as necessary – never when the sun can strike the leaves and burn them. I’ll keep you posted.