Dahlia problem - Knowledgebase Question

Potomac Falls, VA
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Question by patc5088
June 9, 2006
I think there are aphids on the stems of my dahlias. Would this be a cause for the blooms to turn brown almost as soon as they are open? If so what is the best product to use for aphids on dahlias?

Answer from NGA
June 9, 2006
Although aphids will such plant juices from the stem and tender new growth I would not expect them to cause browning of the flowers. The browning may be due to a fungal infection related to the weather, such as botrytis. Deadhead any discolored flowers as well as those that have faded and dispose of them in the trash to avoid sources of reinfection. Avoid handling the plants when they are wet. Aphids can be treated with ccommercially formulated insecticidal soap per the label directions. I hope this helps.

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