Friday, November 1, 2013
Journal November 1, 2013 Indoor gardening -Inspect your plants thoroughly
To my horror, upon closer inspection with a magnifying headset the following day, I found the plant to be infested with aphids. Additionally, the plant had several brown holes in the leaves, some the size of a dime. It is not a plant you would purchase if you were to see it beforehand.
Not taking any chances, I sprayed all of the plants that came in contact with this plant with insecticide soap; placing all of them in the greenhouse overnight to contain any loose aphids. I also wiped the bottom of each leaf with paper towel soaked in the soap. Today, I spayed them again, this time with Neem Oil, just to be safe. Another inspection followed, fortunately no aphids were found.
The best advice I can offer is: don't trust anyone when adding plants to your indoor garden. Inspect all plants, very carefully.
As an afterthought, I checked the reviews for Hirt's Gardens on Dave's Garden site; the negative reviews outnumber the positive reviews for the past 12 months. Avoid or beware of Hirt's Gardens.