Joined: Tue Aug 11, 2020 12:17 pm
One plant displayed signs of a pest infestation after 6 days; webs that look suspect of spider mites. It was immediately doused, rubbed, and quarantined. A small spider fell off the plant.
One hour after the flea & tick bath, small yellow pests (no black spots on their bodies, yet...) were roaming on the leaves. Almost 72 hours later, no more webs have been built; the yellow pests remain.
I’m just a hobbyist with limited hands on experience; a permanent beginner needing to always learn more.M. This in mind, I reached out to as many people as I could that might know what the pest could be. Several, including a mother online nursery owner & hydroponics teacher, strongly believe it’s thrips.
Searching “thrips in New England” on Google led me to several Online articles published through universities in New England. *Apparently, this species of thrips has been terrorizing greenhouses in the area for over a decade. I don’t believe everything I read online, but Bergen Water Gardens is in the state of NY.
Obviously, pests happen in the gardening world. It’s just a fact, right? I’m not mad about the infested plant. Stuff happens, and we resolve the issue. But I do feel that people who buy from Bergen Water Gardens should strongly consider quarantining their plant for at least 10 days before exposing them to your collection.
Beyond that issue, the shipping costs were not outrageous, they have a decent selection, and the communication is hit or miss. I ordered one plant, and they were out of stock. I told the female representative to surprise me with a plant of equal value. She was polite enough, but has yet to respond to me email expressing this same concern. Don’t hesitate to at least explore their website!
Edit: 3 of 5 plants on a second order indicate pest damage. Seller is not helpful in the slightest, in it only for the money, and has no concern for the plants. Please be very cautious!!!