Houseplants forum: Whiteflies

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angele
Jan 31, 2010 4:19 PM CST
I have a terrible case of whiteflies on my hibiscus. Anybody know of an environment friendly treatment?
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threegardeners
Jan 31, 2010 4:23 PM CST

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Neem oil.
Guaranteed to work.
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angele
Jan 31, 2010 4:30 PM CST
I'll try it! I've been washing them off for weeks and today there was more than ever. will the neem work on the ones in the soil?
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threegardeners
Jan 31, 2010 4:32 PM CST

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Probably not. You have to apply it every 5 days for 3 applications. It inhibits reproduction. I use it mostly for mealy bugs and it zaps them nicely. Whiteflies too.
Stinks to high heaven though...rotten onions and sulphur...but safe to use around pets and kids.
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Trish
Jan 31, 2010 9:05 PM CST

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yeah!

Another forum for me to spend all of my time in...
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AlohaHoya
Jan 31, 2010 9:13 PM CST
HAHA....

for your whiteflies you can use this recipe. It is the best for a "sufficant" you can use for aphids, soft scale, whiteflies. The whiteflies it doesn't get have a short life span, but spraying the backs of the leaves you have smothered the eggs. In short time there won't be any....I woulddo it every 2 days for a while until you don't see them.

Trish...what kind of a puppy is that?
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Name: Carol Noel
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AlohaHoya
Jan 31, 2010 9:18 PM CST
Silly me...forgot the recipe:

In a jar mix 1cup of water, 2 tablespoons of a detergent (Not JOY) and 1/2 tablespoon of salad oil. Shake it up and ad 1 tablespoon per gallon of water. I always let it sit for a little while and then rinse it off if the plants are delicate.
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plantladylin
Jan 31, 2010 9:45 PM CST
That dish detergent formula is great. An elderly neighbor of my moms years ago gave me that tip. The vegetable oil helps it adhere to the foliage and the detergent smothers the little buggers! I put it in a spray bottle and as Carol stated, after applying let the plant sit about a half hour or so and then rinse the foliage with clear water.
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angele
Jan 31, 2010 9:48 PM CST
Thanks!!! I can do that recipe!!
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Trish
Jan 31, 2010 9:57 PM CST

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Carol- he's an English Shepherd. Some know the breed as a Farm Collie. Very old breed, but not an AKC. He's our little Duke :)
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Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo) (Zone 10b)
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AlohaHoya
Jan 31, 2010 11:04 PM CST
OH YES!!! I met one at a "doggie obedience class" in New Zealand...so cool! Terrific presence (no spellcheck yet?) and poise! Wonderful movement - clever by half!!! Yup...shure iza cutie...
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