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How do you do it? I am terrible with house plants. I'm not growing the easiest plants, for sure, but I feel like I should be able to do this.<br><br>
One of my plants is covered in spider mites, rust and powdery mildew. The soil also wreaks of ammonia. I think I'm going to re-pot it with some new soil, it was possibly over fertilized.<br><br>
Does anyone mist their plants with aspirin in the water? I've heard that it can help with pests but I'm afraid of killing my very finicky plants.<br><br>
Any tricks to getting houseplants through the winter?
 

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I've never misted with aspirin, I mist with water and dish soap for some pests.<br><br>
I'm not sure about the ammonia smell but over fertilization sounds likely. Try giving your plants a good shower. Put them right in the shower and let cool (but not ice cold) water run over them for a bit. This will wash dust off the leaves and help the plant breath. It will also wash out salt build up in the soil and probably knock loose some of the pests living on your plant.<br><br>
I usually spray my plants with soap solution and let them sit for a couple of hours and then shower them. This way the soap scum isn't sitting on them for too long.
 

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I used to give these plants a shower once a week but I haven't been recently because they're so big. I need to make an effort to do it again though. I usually just shower with them, they are tropical plants so I think that they like the warm rain <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
I repotted the worst one today and I think it will be much happier. It had been growing so fast this summer that I had to keep repotting it into bigger pots but it slowed way down on its growth and I think that the pot was too big. It had some roots that looked a little rotten but lots of nice bright white ones too. It's sitting out in the rain right now getting some nice, fresh water. I think I will start filtering the water that I use also.
 

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Here's an <a href="http://www.plantea.com/plant-aspirin.htm" target="_blank">article</a> about aspirin and plants if anyone is interested. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/treehugger.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Treehugger">
 
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