I am fed up with pests… Now I understand that gardening is not so easy.
Initially I had a hibiscus at my home. It was perfect when I brought it our home. Was blooming well… Then came these ugly little things on the buds. I initially thought that those are from the flowers itself. After few days, my hibiscus looked very exhausted…. Starving…. Despite the fact that I water twice a day. One fine evening I decided to spend some time with it… (trying to talk the problems 😉 ). When I was checking the leaves… On the bottom of the leaves there were tiny small insects moving within the leaves. It was a nightmare… Believe me it was the bad than the best horror movie ever made.
Not being an expert… I googled and found that they are called aphids. Tiny sucking insects which sucks the life of plants.
You know : Aphids can reproduce itself without a partner.
And there were probably billions of them in my plant. No wonder it was starving. I rushed to the shops for buying pesticides. I tried for couple of weeks. But no luck. Then I made this very hard decision. I dont want to abandon my hibiscus and at the same time I cannot watch it suffer. So I took a scissor and cut down all the leaves and branches till the bottom of my hibiscus. It was an horrible moment… I imagined someone cutting me into pieces… How painful it would be… I could imagine how painful it was for her.
Couple of days passed… There was a first new leaf on her. I was so happy that she survived all those painful moments. Now there are bunch of leaves and she looks very healthy.
Moral of the story:
Gardening comes with great responsibility. You have to spend some time with your plants. Do some checks if she is ok & healthy. You have find about pests at the early stage…. Otherwise if the infestation is massive you don’t other options. Cut down the infested areas so that it does not spread to other areas…
Next story: About my roses… Stay Tuned…