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Re: Re:Japanese Beetles

  • To: Multiple recipients of list <iris-l@rt66.com>
  • Subject: Re: Re:Japanese Beetles
  • From: "Keith Romanczyk" <fdic@moran.com>
  • Date: Thu, 13 Feb 1997 10:44:16 -0700 (MST)

> One idea that I discovered by accident for keeping Japanese beetles at a
> minimal level on roses, grapes, etc. is to plant four o'clocks.  The
> will descend on the four o'clocks in a great swarm and neglect other
>  You can then go out and pick off the beetles by the handful.  But plant
> four o'clocks away from the plants you want to keep the beetles away
>  Clarence Mahan in VA

Interesting.  The Pinetree Garden Seeds catalog has this to say about four

"Mirabilis-Marvel of Peru [aka Four O'Clocks]
Japanese beetles don't consider this pretty plant so marvelous; when the
dine on it they die...."

I had already ordered some for that reason alone;but if it attracts them,
even better.  I had no interest in them initially because they're a
Southern weed.  But I have plenty of room for 'toxic buffets'.


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