Using ladybugs in veggie garden. - Knowledgebase Question

glenwood, Il
Question by stephcedtoo
May 19, 2010
Can laydybugs be placed in a veggie garden as soon as the plants are put in the ground or should I wait until they have established themselves? some of my veggies seem to be turning yellow on the leaves and I don't know why. We've had several days of good rain and I gave them fertilizer to start them off, so they can't be thirsty wondering if its the laydybugs I bought.


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Answer from NGA
May 19, 2010

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Transplant stress and overwatering can both contribute to yellowing leaves. As soon as your plants adjust to their new homes they should begin growing well. Ladybugs do not feed on plants but do feed on aphids and other soft bodied insects. While you can release them as soon as you plant your veggies, if there are no aphids, the ladybugs will go elsewhere for a meal. It's better to wait and release your ladybugs when you begin to notice aphids or other insects on your plants. Hope this clarifies things for you.

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