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Name: Elizabeth Montgomery
Wilmington, NC (Zone 8a)
SpacedOut
Apr 23, 2017 5:10 PM CST
Hello, everyone! I have a bit of a problem...
I have newly-started seedlings growing on the front porch that we started almost a month ago. Yesterday, my step-father sprayed wasp nests above the porch in the rafters, and a good amount of the solution leaked down onto the growing plants. I was only just told of this today, or I would have thoroughly rinsed them out immediately. He seems to be under the impression that we have to throw everything out due to the poison possibly being absorbed by the plants. The plants effected were all edible.
Off the top of my head, the effected plants were: Okra, Peppers, Cherry Tomatoes, Basil, Oregano, and I believe Parsley (the herbs were all in one planter, and the vegetable plants were in individual seed-growing pods)
None of these plants have produced yet, and they don't seem to be showing any negative effects. I've just now tried to rinse them out to the best of my ability without disturbing them too much.
Is there any reason to worry?
Will the produce be safe to eat since it's still a while before they are ready to harvest?
They will likely be planted in the main garden within a few weeks, will that cause any harm to the other plants in the garden?
Thanks for your time, everyone! I really hope the little guys can pull through...
Name: Sandy B.
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Apr 23, 2017 6:44 PM CST
Welcome to NGA, Elizabeth ( @SpacedOut ).

I don't know the answer to your question, but I think you are right to be concerned about this issue; hopefully someone else will be able to give you an answer here, but if not I would suggest calling the manufacturer of the spray that was used. We've used Black Flag brand wasp spray in the past; here's a link to their product information: http://www.blackflag.com/produ...
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Apr 23, 2017 10:33 PM CST
Welcome!

You don't need to worry. We all put pesticides on our plants and all those pesticides come with warnings ie: "don't use within 7 days of harvest" or something close. You didn't spray the vegetables, just the baby plants. That hornet spray will be long gone by harvest time.
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