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Ontario, Canada (Zone 6a)
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Steven
Jun 4, 2011 10:23 AM CST
Some of my gessies are getting thrips and the cinerarias too, right now they are still looking *ok* but it keeps getting worse and the buds are starting to come out deformed. Crying They don't seem too interested in the AV's but are loving the Kohleria Blinking Also most chemical insecticides are banned in Ontario so any suggestions would be a great help!
Name: Lee Anne Stark
Brockville, Ontario, Canada (Zone 5a)
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threegardeners
Jun 4, 2011 10:28 AM CST

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How 'bout those sticky squares the greenhouse people use? They have some kind of attractant on them and the thrips stick to them...can't think what they're called though..
Ontario, Canada (Zone 6a)
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Steven
Jun 4, 2011 10:31 AM CST
I've read that those help, but where do you get them? Rolling my eyes. The Kohleria leaves are so pretty and silvery, I hate to see them disfigured Grumbling
Name: Lee Anne Stark
Brockville, Ontario, Canada (Zone 5a)
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threegardeners
Jun 4, 2011 10:44 AM CST

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Maybe a garden centre would have them? Walmart...
Ontario, Canada (Zone 6a)
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Steven
Jun 4, 2011 10:59 AM CST
I found a peice of bright yellow plastic so I smeared it with some corn syrup, it was done really quick as I have to get to work but it should hopefully catch at least something Whistling
Name: Lee Anne Stark
Brockville, Ontario, Canada (Zone 5a)
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threegardeners
Jun 4, 2011 11:08 AM CST

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Thumbs up that oughta work! something sweet to lure the devils...let me know how it works!
Ontario, Canada (Zone 6a)
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Steven
Jun 6, 2011 9:31 PM CST
I left it there for a day and a night and nothing Blinking Apparently you can see thrips on the leaves but I don't see anything.......I've picked off the infected leaves and am going to try washing the plants off with a sprayer and put them near a fan to dry. Lets hope this works!
Name: Lee Anne Stark
Brockville, Ontario, Canada (Zone 5a)
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threegardeners
Jun 7, 2011 7:33 AM CST

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are you sure it's thrips then?
Ontario, Canada (Zone 6a)
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Steven
Jun 10, 2011 9:52 AM CST
You know, I'm not so sure now........I've picked the deformed leaves off, washed some of the plants and added a few drops of lavender oil to my mister bottle to help repel bugs and its seems to be working so far! Can deformed leaves come from irregular fertilizing? Whistling
Name: Lee Anne Stark
Brockville, Ontario, Canada (Zone 5a)
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threegardeners
Jun 10, 2011 10:02 AM CST

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yes! they can... Hilarious!
Ontario, Canada (Zone 6a)
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Steven
Jun 10, 2011 9:41 PM CST
*cough* then that could be part of the problem.............there is zero bugs visible and it doesn't look like mites so maybe the problem is my own doing Rolling my eyes. Do you fertilize with every watering or every two weeks? I tend to feed every two weeks.....or try to....
Name: Lee Anne Stark
Brockville, Ontario, Canada (Zone 5a)
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Forum moderator Tip Photographer I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Critters Allowed Cottage Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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threegardeners
Jun 10, 2011 9:51 PM CST

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I'm lucky, or my plants are anyways, if I feed once a year!! but then they get watered weekly directly out of the aquarium...nice fishy water Big Grin

When I *used* to water on a regular basis, I fertilized 1/4 strength every watering, any stronger than that and you're looking for trouble.
Ontario, Canada (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Container Gardener Enjoys or suffers cold winters Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Orchids
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Steven
Jun 11, 2011 12:38 PM CST
Maybe I'm fertilizing too strong then.......I tend to not measure ferts properly.....there has never been any problems...untill now. The mini sinningias all have defomed blooms but overall the plants look quite healthy. So I will weaken the dosage from now on.

That fishy water must be great for your plants, but sadly my fish have always died of unknown causes. Rolling my eyes.
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Dover AFB, Delaware (Zone 7a)
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JuneBug
Jun 15, 2011 11:20 PM CST
As a btw, I have successfully used bright-yellow poster board smeared with Vaseline for bugs, both in the house and outside in the gardens. I cut the poster board into page size pieces and hung it with string or propped it near the plants that were infested. The ones hung in the white fly infested gardinia had to be scrapped off and re-greased after the first couple of days Thumbs up I used the same ones for 2 years and passed them on to another gardener when I moved here.
I am in the "Weakly Weekly" fertilizing group and have never done it any other way (parental influence there). I use less than a ½ dose in summer, a ¼ dose in fall and winter and full strength when they are growing so fast in spring. My SIL uses lake water and has never fertilized her plants or lawn...
Ontario, Canada (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Container Gardener Enjoys or suffers cold winters Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Orchids
Plant and/or Seed Trader Region: Canadian Roses Seed Starter Tropicals Garden Ideas: Level 1
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Steven
Jun 19, 2011 7:33 PM CST
Great idea June, Thank-you! Its also cheap which is a bonus. Washing off the plants with warm water has also been a big help. I will try the yellow poster board too Big Grin

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