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Re: Aphids - Leaves look kinda bad

  • Subject: Re: [iris-talk] Aphids - Leaves look kinda bad
  • From: "robert stewart" <crusher4@wnclink.com>
  • Date: Tue, 14 Aug 2001 13:06:34 -0400

Hi John,

I think I will  try the Bayer product.  I like using Miracle Grow along with other amendments too.  Sure does a lot for the bloom.  Used the rose Miracle Grow and got some kind of bloom too.  Mostly on daylilies.  Gave flowers a good substance.  Just getting into iris.  Sure learning a lot from you all.  Would have taken me a long time to have learned what I have learned here from you all.  Nice group.

                         Rob   zone 7
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: John Reeds 
  To: 'iris-talk@yahoogroups.com' 
  Sent: Tuesday, August 14, 2001 12:45 PM
  Subject: RE: [iris-talk] Aphids - Leaves look kinda bad

  Wonder if the hint of laundry soap in the dryer exhaust was sufficient to
  season the iris with a flavor unpalatable to aphids?  They do like warm,
  moist environments.  When the weather gets hot and they migrate inside the
  fan bases to breed (and the ants start farming them), it can be a mess.
  Bayer makes a rose fertilizer with a systemic insecticide added that works
  great for aphid suppression, and doesn't leave water spots & burn the
  foliage like many sprays do.  Also, no hassle with pockets formed in the
  leaf bases where the spray doesn't reach.  The Bayer product and Miracle
  Grow (or any generic equivalent) are my two favorite fertilizers (not to
  eliminate the need for organic amendments, of course).

  John Reeds in sunny southern Calif. 

  > From:       Pat[SMTP:bradleys@ga.prestige.net]
  > Subject:       [iris-talk] Aphids - Leaves look kinda bad
  > Now that I am learning more about Iris, I went to give them a good look
  > over and clean-up some leaves around the base,  and they were totally
  > covered with Aphids. 
  > a) what causes aphids more humid/wet weather ?
  > b) Do I just leave the leaves or cut them back
  > Funny thing is my older iris from my husband's farm that his great great
  > grandmother grew, that grow right beside the vent from the dryer, are
  > doing
  > okay.  They had a few aphids, but nothing like the newer variety that I
  > received from a local nusery.
  > Pat            N. of Atlanta, Zone 7A/B

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