While cooking supper, the late afternoon sun on the pansies caught my eye.  Shortly after I took this photo, I saw a little white bug on one of the leaves.  Further inspection revealed more bugs.  I quickly mixed together a soapy water solution and sprayed it on the leaves.  I’m hoping it will work.  Just in case, do you have a home remedy? I was thinking of leaving it outside overnight, hoping the cold would do in the bugs.  Thoughts?


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8 responses to “Pansy

  1. Rob

    WHO YOU CALLING PANSY??? oH… I see. Never mind

  2. Hi Abbie! Here are a couple that I know of. Good Luck! 🙂

    Salt Spray:

    This solution is used for cabbageworms and spider mites.

    2 tablespoons of salt

    1 gallon of water

    Just mix and spray!

    Spearmint-Hot Pepper-Horseradish Spray:

    This works on many different kinds of bugs- too many to list!

    1/2 cup of red peppers (hot)

    water (read below)

    1/2 cup of fresh spearmint

    1/2 cup horseradish (root and leaves)

    2 tablespoons of liquid detergent

    1/2 cup green onion tops

    Mix all of the spearmint leaves, horseradish, onion tops and peppers together with enough water to cover everything. Strain the solution. After mixing all of these, add a half-gallon of water and add the detergent also. To use this solution, mix 1/2 gallon of this solution with 1/2 gallon of water. You can use this to spray almost any plant safely. Store this mixture for a few days in a cool environment.

  3. Sounds like thrips! Your soapy water should take care of them. 🙂

  4. From what I remember hearing at a recent organic gardening workshop, I think a soapy water or oil spray would take care of those white flies.

    Since it’s been a couple of days, did the soapy water do the trick?

  5. Thanks for the ideas!

    The soapy water seems to have worked… but I’m keeping them outside and away from the rest of my plants just in case.

  6. This is a great post. We had a similar problem with our cold weather lettuce though I didn’t even think about what to do. Eventually the weather seemed to kill them off, but my lettuce suffered with it too. Thanks for bringing this topic up!

  7. Kristina

    I just went out on my deck and had the same problem. I have window boxes on my railing and have pansies in them. I went to water/inspect everything today and noticed these tiny white bugs on the underside of the pansy leaves. I thought they were eggs, they were so small, but upon closer inspection, I noticed they were kind of moving every now and then and had legs and stuff. Ick. I think they might be spider mites. Looks like there might be a web or something holding them to the leaves. I doused the plant in soapy water and hope that will take care of it. Am i correct in the assumption that they are spider mites? If so, do you think that the soapy water will help?? Seemed to help the lady above me, so fingers crossed!!

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