Any best practices for quarantining your new plants after you bring them home? (timing, special sprays, etc?) I’ve heard about it but have yet to do it myself

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Check for spider mites before you bring them into your home. Also I take the plant out of the pot and smell the soil - lets me see if it's root bound, and fungus or root rot have a pretty distinctive musty smell. All my new plants go into the bathroom, where I flush them with distilled water until they drain and then they get grow light and humidifier at 60% for a week. That's usually enough time for me to notice any issues.

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Mealybugs are the only pests I see indoors

Just keep them separate. Insecticide with peppermint oil works wel to kill them imo. Using this requires good ventilation to evaporate the oils.

On delicate things like airplanes and succulents where I can’t just cut off infected bits, I use a tiny animal hair brush to break up the clusters and kill the large adults. Their bodies are very soft and vulnerable to this

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I’ve found mixing a little neem oil into the water can helps keep all indoor pests under control.

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Do you have any neem oil brand recommendations?

I think I had a spider mite problem on some pepper plant I bought at the farmers market - how can you check for them at the store?

Hold up to the light. Look for webbing and check under the leaves.

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