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Re: HYB: Freeze to Freeze

  • Subject: Re: [iris-photos] HYB: Freeze to Freeze
  • From: "jgcrump" jgcrump@erols.com
  • Date: Mon, 4 Jul 2005 00:07:16 -0400

Kent  --  The Japanese beetles don't show up here every year, but when they do, they dine on the roses. since I have no reblooming irises to offer them.  If you really want to save your flowers, you can do it by rigging up a hand vacuum.  Just stick a 1/4" diameter piece of plastic tubing in the intake and seal it with duct tape.  Go from flower to flower zapping up the little pests.  There are only so many of them, and you can pretty well wipe them out.  There may be some fairly powerful battery-operated vacs by now, but if you don't have one you can use a really powerful hand vac with a long extension cord.  The use of the piece of tubing is important, since it is sized to surgically remove the pest and not suck up the whole flower.  --  Griff
P.S.  Remember to burn the catch bag, since these are hardy critters and may survive the ingestion process
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Sunday, July 03, 2005 6:50 PM
Subject: [iris-photos] HYB: Freeze to Freeze

I have some iris that are blooming now, and I find that the Japanese beetles are making a meal of them. They are not eating the daylilly bloom just the iris and roses. Unless they can get rid of the beetles there isn't any reason to extend the iris season.
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