While watering my rose plant this morning, I noticed it was covered in tiny brown bugs:

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They're on most of the leaves of the plant. What are they? Is there anything I can do? The plant is currently kept inside - should I move the plant outside to avoid an infestation?


I agree they do look like spider mites - however, you are in the UK, and red spider mite is only an issue on indoor plants here, never outdoors. I suggest you relocate your rose to the outdoors, and the spider mite should vanish on its own over a week or two, but if you happen to have any Roseclear Ultra, or another insecticidal spray, use that just in case the webbing is coincidental and what's actually on the plant are aphids. I note also there is some yellowing of areas of leaf on the plant - it's obviously in a pot if its indoors, so if you can find a sunny spot in the garden to plant it in the ground, it should grow more healthily.

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  • Garden? I'll put it on the balcony :-) – fredley Aug 24 '16 at 9:55
  • @TomMedley Ah! You and me both then... roses don't last long in pots in terms of years, they don't like 'em, but you'll have it for a while – Bamboo Aug 24 '16 at 10:22
  • It was a cheap Sainsbury's pot, which I think might have run its course. Oh well! – fredley Aug 24 '16 at 11:11
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    @Shule Red spider mite I'm pretty sure....probably on the plant at point of sale, acquired from the greenhouse in which it would have been grown – Bamboo Aug 24 '16 at 18:46
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    Even humans can get a bad sunburn in overcast. The best place is a covered porch or balcony. Temperature isn't as important as the light rays from the sun. I want to see if this rose is OUT of that dang foo foo foil paper the florists sometimes use to sell plants. Florists or at least their suppliers know that sitting in water the foil holds in will kill the plant. The buyer thinks it is their fault and buys another. grrrr. Same with the packet they give for fresh flowers? It actually shortens the life of fresh flowers! Corruption is everywhere!! Grins! – stormy Aug 24 '16 at 20:01

They look like rose spider mites. You can use a miticide or insecticidal soap to get rid of them. Repeat after 14 days to get the eggs that hatch.


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