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Name: Becky
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beckygardener
Jan 3, 2017 10:47 PM CST
Sabrina - They send adult Ladybugs. The problem is that they fly and can fly away. I have purchased Ladybugs 2 different years and after that, I always had Ladybugs show up when aphids attacked any of my plants. But this past year after Spring 2016, I haven't seen a single Ladybug. So .... Sad Confused

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Name: Barbalee
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Barbalee
Jan 4, 2017 4:54 PM CST
Oh, Becky! I know nothing about aphids or ladybugs, so I can't contribute there. I'm so new at all this, I feel naked in the woods, but I can feel as if the bugs have bitten me for you. Good luck getting rid of the nasty things! I'll continue scratching for ya. Angry
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GaNinFl
Jan 5, 2017 8:06 AM CST
Hurray! found a lot of Ladybug jelly beans and larvae yesterday. I didn't get a picture though, maybe today.
They are going to feed well as I am having a similar issue with the nasty little aphids. Grumbling
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Name: Melissa
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msandsm
Jan 24, 2017 4:06 PM CST
I don't have any daylilies - yet. But after reading all the comments here, I have to ask: Do all daylilies have trouble with aphids? I wonder if it would help to spray them with Neem oil before they show any signs of the pests - preventive care? How often would you spray? Every two weeks? If daylilies *are* usually prone to aphids, I will likely not get one, as my whole garden consists of pots that are close to one another and I wouldn't want the aphids spreading to my other plants.

But I'd really like to have one or two of the plants. :(

Hope this is the right place to ask my question!
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plantmanager
Jan 24, 2017 4:12 PM CST
Good question, Melissa. I don't have any daylilies either, but I have frequent aphid problems in my greenhouse and outdoors.
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Name: Mike
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Jan 24, 2017 8:38 PM CST
I have never had an aphid issue in my garden full of daylilies. That doesn't mean that it can't. You can't worry about what might happen. It's all about choice.
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kidfishing
Jan 24, 2017 8:59 PM CST
I have always had aphids in my garden but they typically don't do that much damage. I spray them off with a water hose early in the spring and then the ladybugs and lace wings get them under control. I have some aphids now in my hoop house where I have about 4000 new daylily seedlings. I usually opt for natural control but may have to get after the ones on the new baby plants since there are no ladybugs to help.
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Gleni
Jan 25, 2017 3:45 AM CST
I always keep an eye on the ants for aphids in my daylilies. They tend them and move them around. The ants can build up to enormous numbers and swarm on the chilies as well.
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Name: Cynthia (Cindy)
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Hemlady
Jan 25, 2017 7:33 AM CST
Like Mike, I have never had aphid problems on my daylilies and yet I grow milkweed among my daylilies which are magnets for aphids.
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Name: Sue
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sooby
Jan 25, 2017 8:10 AM CST
There are many different species of aphid and each one feeds on certain specific plants. Some do have a wider range of plants that they feed on while others are very specialized. There is a daylily aphid (Myzus hemerocallis) that is only reported, as far as I can tell, on daylily and Agapanthus. If that's the species of aphid one has, then it won't affect other plants in the garden. There are a few other aphid species that have been reported on daylilies and whatever other plants might be affected would depend on which species you have, but they aren't going to spread from daylilies to all the other plants in a garden. Nor will an aphid on another kind of plant necessarily move to daylilies, it would have to be one of the limited number of aphid species that may feed on them.
Name: Donald
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needrain
Jan 28, 2017 7:08 AM CST
I think Sue may be right. I do have aphids on nearly all the daylilies until the weather is warm enough for ladybugs to outnumber them. They are being a nuisance now. However, I have lots and lots of potted plants too and the aphids don't bother those, so it seems the ones on the daylilies specifically prefer the hems. I'll have to watch the Agapanthus, but so far I've never noticed any. There are plenty of native plants that get aphids here and some years those plants get infested heavily, but they obviously have plant preferences and don't spread to every plant.
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Name: Melissa
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msandsm
Feb 22, 2017 12:42 PM CST
Thanks all! I think I will try a day lily after all.
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Name: Valerie
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touchofsky
Feb 22, 2017 12:57 PM CST
I have never had a problem with aphids on my daylilies, either.

My funny ladybug story is that I once had a traffic accident where I ran into the back of a truck transporting boxes of ladybugs. Now it seems funny, but not at the time. I had a smashed up car, he had a smashed up truck, and a whole lot of loose ladybugs ... some of the boxes came apart! *Blush*
Name: Karen
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kousa
Mar 4, 2017 10:19 PM CST
@beckygardener This is rather belated post to your aphids problem, Becky but I have just learned it from a gardening video. The gardening expert in the video advised throwing banana peels at the base of rose bushes to deter aphids from attacking the roses. After a few days when the banana peel begins to brown, smash up the peels with a shovel to extend the peel's use against aphids. Use a new banana peel when the old one is done. I guess the banana peels release some sort of scent that is offensive to the rose aphids. I don't know if this method is effective against aphids that attack your daylilies but you can try and experiment to see if it works.

Valerie, I am so sorry to hear of the accident and the damages to your car and the truck. At least, the ladybugs probably provided great benefits to the gardens and farms nearby the accident.
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Polymerous
Mar 4, 2017 11:07 PM CST
For some odd reason, I have been seeing a lot of aphids on the daylilies lately, especially on the seedlings in my seedling beds. Grumbling

It's pretty unusual... ordinarily it will only be a couple of daylilies affected in a far different part of the garden.
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Name: Becky
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beckygardener
Mar 4, 2017 11:42 PM CST
I also think it is unusual in my garden..... worse yet.... I've not seen ladybugs in over a year. Typically the ladybugs appear before I even know I have a problem and take care of any aphid problem. But that did not happen over the past year. I suspect something has wiped out my local ladybug population . So I believe that is why I am now battling aphids regularly. I just had to spray my daylilies again with the partially organic spray. They are causing me the most grief of any garden problem. Who would have guessed that to happen ??? Not I.
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Name: Sue
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sooby
Mar 5, 2017 8:14 AM CST
On a TV show a while back they were showing the Queen's roses at Buckingham Palace - to keep aphids off them they use a homemade garlic spray. Apparently it is garlic powder added to water but when I looked online for a recipe to get the proportions I couldn't find one. I don't have aphids on daylilies but thought it might be useful on other plants. May be worth experimenting with.
Name: Karen
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kousa
Mar 5, 2017 9:19 AM CST
Luckily, I don't have much aphid infestation to deal with. They usually attack my weakest roses or those that are grown in pots. They don't touch healthy plants.
Name: Lisa Klette
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Lilydaydreamer
Mar 5, 2017 11:12 AM CST
I notice some aphids in the spring but like many others on here, the ladybugs seem to take care of them.
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