Spring is here, and it’s time to spray! Now’s a great time to spray your camellias to help prevent pests like Spider Mites from attacking and causing havoc among your lovely camellias. I use a product called, ‘All Season’ oil, which I add about 3 or 4 Tablespoons of it to a gallon size, water filled jug ( I use an empty milk jug), shake it well, then pour into a quart size plastic sprayer, and you are ready to spray.
You’ll want to saturate the stems and leaves on your camellias, really hosing them down well, including underneath the leaves, and all over your camellias, from top to bottom. Underneath the leaves is usually where these critters love to hide and wreck havoc silently. If you look closely you can see the really tiny looking minuet green spiders hiding under the leaves. I recommend spraying very heavily and liberally at least 3 times a year, if at all possible. That way you can keep them at bay, so to speak.
Re-apply the same treatment again on your camellias in two weeks. You can’t use too much of it, as it’s an oil, not a pesticide, and it works by smothering the mites, and will wash off with rain, or water. Good luck, and enjoy looking at (and after! ) your lovely, awe-inspiring, camellias.