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Re: kittys sales and aphids

Kitty: If these plants are inside a greenhouse I would take Donna's
suggestion and use ladybugs...one of their primary food sources is
aphids. You can buy ladybugs online, I've seen them. One of our local
nurseries stocks them occasionally. When the aphids are gone, the
ladybugs will move on to other places where there are more aphids. BTW,
do you have milkweed growing anywhere around where you are having the
aphids? Aphids love milkweed and therefore, the milkweed could be your

Melody, IA (Z 5/4)

"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious."    
--Albert Einstein

 --- On Mon 05/24, Kitty < kmrsy@comcast.net > wrote:
From: Kitty [mailto: kmrsy@comcast.net]
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Date: Mon, 24 May 2004 20:03:29 -0500
Subject: Re: [CHAT] kittys sales and aphids

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

ng. I've already bought a few plants this<br>> year,<br>> > which I
shouldn't be doing. Still, I might get something at next<br>>
month's<br>> > sale. We'll have our Henry's Garnet Itea potted for that
one.<br>> ><br>> > Kitty<br>><br>>
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