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Re: Re: CULT: help - aphid predators?

What no garlic ?         Bill
----- Original Message -----
From: "Dennis Kramb" <dkramb@badbear.com>
To: <iris-talk@onelist.com>
Sent: Tuesday, December 21, 1999 2:26 AM
Subject: Re: [iris-talk] Re: CULT: help - aphid predators?

> From: Dennis Kramb <dkramb@badbear.com>
> >From: linda Mann <lmann@mailhub.icx.net>
> >
> >Thanks all for the suggestions for aphid repellants.
> >
> >But I am still interested in learning more about aphid ecology and
> >predators.  Not necessarily as a solution to the current existing
> >infestation, but for future plans.  Any suggestions?
> >
> >Linda Mann east Tennessee USA
> The only aphid predators active this time of year are daddy long-legs.
> Excuse me for not knowing their scientific name (I'm not an entomologist
> after all) but I do know that the latin translation for their name means
> "aphid sucker".
> Interplant your iris beds with a diverse array of other plants to privde a
> home for the daddy long-legs.  Some companion plants that work well for me
> are:
> yarrow (Achillea spp.)
> columbine (Aquilegia spp.)
> bee balm (Monarda spp.)  - placed in back of bed
> tickseed (Coreopsis spp.)
> black eyed susans (Rudbeckia spp.)
> mexican hats (Ratibida spp.)
> coneflowers (Echinacea spp.)
> violas (Viola spp.)
> mint (Nepeta spp.) - highly invasive!
> pot marigolds (Calendula oficianalis)
> - mine were still in bloom until this week!
> butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa)
> butterfly bush (Buddleia davdii)
> Of course, most of these are not evergreen, but their dead leaves & stems
> still provide shelter for the beneficial daddy long-legs.
> Earwigs might possibly eat aphids too.  They would also be active during
> warm winter days, like daddy long-legs.  They love to live among leaf
> litter & rotting plant material.
> Dennis Kramb; dkramb@badbear.com
> Cincinnati, Ohio USA; USDA Zone 6; AIS Region 6
> http://www.badbear.com/dkramb/home.html
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