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Re: kittys sales and aphids

I did not know that aphids ate sedum. Learn something new every day.
Unfortunately, I have no great suggestions. It seems to me that once a plant
gets them, they are almost impossible to get rid of! The best luck I've had
is that hard jet of water, and hort oil works good too. Plain old soapy
water works (I use joy or dove) and mix it with hort oil. Maybe I just
didn't spray often enough to completely kill them all.

Andrea H
Beaufort, SC

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Kitty" <kmrsy@comcast.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Monday, May 24, 2004 9:03 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] kittys sales and aphids

> Thanks for the tip on the Itea.  The Dahlias all sold at the plant sale.
> explained why the leaves didn't look right, but that they were ok to sell
> I had sprayed them twice and saw no new signs of them.  They priced them
> low - $2.50 - because of the leaves.
> Meanwhile....we had a recurring problem with aphids on a variegated
> herbaceous sedum.  Last year we sprayed, we quarantined, we sprayed to no
> avail.  Fortunately they never even tried a taste of Frosty Morn, Carmen,
> Matrona.  I thought the winter would finish them off, but they're back.  I
> figured since I caught them early, I'd have better luck eradicating them
> pruning off the affected parts and spraying with insecticidal soap.  This
> will make them thicker with 2 more sales to sell them in.  However, during
> the sale I noticed they were back.  I pinched some more.  Then just at the
> end of the sale, I noticed they were now on other sedums.  Good grief, can
> anyone suggest a sure fire method for getting these nasty varmints off the
> sedums.  I hate to think of those we sold taking aphids to their new
> Kitty
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Donna" <justme@prairieinet.net>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Sent: Monday, May 24, 2004 6:48 PM
> Subject: RE: [CHAT] kittys sales was Iowa storms
> > Meant to ask how your spider mites plants survived... did they make it
> > for the sale?
> >
> > My Itea didn't like it here... too hot in the summer (looked like it was
> > frying), gave one last hurray in the fall... no life in it this spring.
> > Hope you have a better spot for it than I did.
> >
> > Donna
> >
> >
> > > We have no rain dates for our events.  We do have a room in the
> > building
> > > available to us and in the past we have had the sale in there, but our
> > > sales
> > > in recent years are far too big for this room.  If it did rain, we'd
> > try
> > > to
> > > do it in there, I suppose, but it would be a total nightmare.
> > > No, I didn't buy anything.  I've already bought a few plants this
> > year,
> > > which I shouldn't be doing.  Still, I might get something at next
> > month's
> > > sale.  We'll have our Henry's Garnet Itea potted for that one.
> > >
> > > Kitty
> >
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