Saving Container Plants Overwintering Techniques for by Brian McGowan

By Brian McGowan

Get pleasure from your favourite box crops 12 months after 12 months! From geraniums to fuschia and past, many box crops should be overwintered and loved back the subsequent season. This Storey fundamentals consultant bargains easy concepts for overwintering various universal soft perennial vegetation, in line with what sort of dormancy the crops wade through of their local atmosphere. you could simply overwinter such a lot vegetation with few to no pest difficulties, just by giving them the dormancy stipulations they wish. contains a plant-by-plant consultant for speedy reference.

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Insecticidal soaps and horticultural oil are effective controls, but your plants will probably require several treatments. Scale and mealy bugs can be particularly stubborn; after spraying, you’ll want to wipe the plants with a cloth to ensure that you remove all the insects. Thrips are small, soft-bodied insects that are longer (about 1⁄16 inch) than they are wide. Their color varies: brown, yellow, and black are most common. When the weather is warm, they will crawl rapidly. You can see them with the naked eye if your vision is good, but they are easiest to recognize by the damage they inflict.

A BOVE: Individual mites are hard to spot with the naked eye, but their webbing is quite apparent. Horticultural oil works well on mite infestations after they have been discovered, but continued monitoring is essential and repeat treatments may be necessary. There are also many species of predator mites that feed on the mites that attack plants. They work well in greenhouse situations and are worth trying even inside your house if you have a lot of plants in combination with a mite problem. Scale and mealy bugs are small sucking insects that spend most of their time stationary on the plant, although there is a youthful “crawler” stage when they move around a bit.

Whiteflies seem to have a particular attraction for specific groups of plants, such as the Solanaceae and the Verbenaceae. If you notice them on a plant, reconsider your decision to keep that particular plant, because whiteflies are a fairly challenging problem to control. Oil will kill the nymphs and may smother the eggs, but you must continue to monitor and spray again if necessary. Some growers effectively use beneficial insects to control whiteflies; if you have an infestation, we encourage you to learn more about this possibility.

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