Basil and Bugs: [...Semps and Aphids.]

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Basil and Bugs

By SongofJoy
January 29, 2013

Aphids are drawn to prolific leaf growth and may attack herbs such as basil.

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Name: Pia-Louise
Romford, U.K. (Zone 8b)

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PiaLouiseSourvi
Jan 29, 2013 5:33 PM CST
Do you know if Sempervivum can suffer from this little critter?
My mint had a few on there and I was worried they'd spread! :(
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Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages Plant Identifier I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar
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SongofJoy
Jan 30, 2013 4:24 AM CST
Yes, they can. And they can spread. I have yet to have any aphids on my Semps but I have a number of other insects out there that eat aphids. Some of these are brachnid wasps, ladybugs, praying mantises, and damselflies.

I garden for the pollinators.
Name: Pia-Louise
Romford, U.K. (Zone 8b)

Sempervivums Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Roses Bulbs Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Enjoys or suffers cold winters
Garden Art Herbs Cactus and Succulents Plant and/or Seed Trader Container Gardener Region: United Kingdom
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PiaLouiseSourvi
Jan 30, 2013 8:23 AM CST
I have ladybugs hybernate in my bathroom every year! I will have to put them onto my plants in spring teehee :D
[...very passionate about Biology and Art. One day I would like to breed award winning hybrids.]
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages Plant Identifier I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar
Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Cat Lover Birds Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Avid Green Pages Reviewer
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SongofJoy
Jan 30, 2013 8:33 AM CST
nodding Yes, put those little wonders to work! In our last house, I had them hibernate in the window and walls of the stairwell to the basement. Whenever it got warm, they started moving around everywhere. Lots of them!
I garden for the pollinators.
Name: Pia-Louise
Romford, U.K. (Zone 8b)

Sempervivums Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Roses Bulbs Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Enjoys or suffers cold winters
Garden Art Herbs Cactus and Succulents Plant and/or Seed Trader Container Gardener Region: United Kingdom
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PiaLouiseSourvi
Jan 30, 2013 9:01 AM CST
Finally, someone who knows my pain, ladybirds everywhere in my bathroom! haha :D
[...very passionate about Biology and Art. One day I would like to breed award winning hybrids.]
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages Plant Identifier I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar
Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Cat Lover Birds Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Avid Green Pages Reviewer
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SongofJoy
Jan 30, 2013 9:09 AM CST
I understand that, believe me. Hundreds of them!! I never had that before inside of a house until our last home. Wow, were they ever busy when the weather warmed. And if you try to handle them, they do emit an odor. PU!
I garden for the pollinators.

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