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kbafabtit
May 26, 2020 8:14 AM CST
I have had a problem with pests (squash bugs and potato beetles) in the past. This year I purchased netting to protect the plants from pests and I do not know how to coordinate putting the netting on and pollination. For example, I've read that pests will appear as soon as the potato leaves come out so netting should be applied at that time. But, I am not certain about how well netting will work to keep out the pests if I have to open the netting for pollination to take place. Can you offer some advice about the best times to put the netting on, take it off and opening the netting for pollination. Thank you!
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DaisyI
May 26, 2020 9:47 AM CST
Welcome!

Potatoes are self pollinating so don't need an insect. But, they also don't need to be pollinated to grow potatoes.
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sallyg
May 26, 2020 10:57 AM CST
..so it can stay on the potatoes all the time. Squash. As I will be trying th is year, I am not sure. But until I research I am planning to put it on until female flowers are ready then open it for pollination. One can hand pollinate squash.
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