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Re: kittys sales and aphids

Yes, Melody, there is a stand of Milkweed - the tall stuff - just across the
way from the Sedum bed in the Butterfly Garden.  We can't do anything about
that.  But thanks for the heads up on the possible source, we may choose to
keep susceptible varieties in another bed.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Melody" <mhobertm@excite.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Tuesday, May 25, 2004 1:41 AM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] 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
> source.
> 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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