Petunias - Knowledgebase Question

Vacaville, CA
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Question by Ingy1939
July 16, 2007
The petunias I planted this year did not grow like years past. They got sticky and dried up and something was eating the flowers...never saw what it was....could I spray with some household detergent, seemed like I read that....thanks

Answer from NGA
July 16, 2007
Aphids or other sucking insects can leave behind a sticky substance called honeydew. They cause wilting and yellowing of plants. If you look closely at the undersides of the leaves, you'll probably find these pests. You can rid your plants of these pests with a product called Insecticidal Soap. I wouldn't spray household detergent on the plants; it could kill them. Instead, use insecticidal soap and carefully spray the undersides of the leaves.

Best wishes with your petunias!

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