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Tkhan
Jun 11, 2017 9:10 AM CST
I have a problem with whiteflies on my roses Read about worm castings
Please Anyone tell me if worm castings can get rid of the whiteflies and how should I use them thanks
Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
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Shadegardener
Jun 11, 2017 10:00 AM CST
Interesting question. I had whiteflies in my little greenhouse over winter, particularly on hardy fuschias. So, I did some searching and this is what I found. The whiteflies have continued to be a problem when I brought the plants outdoors.
https://www.google.com/patents...
I do have worm bins so I'm going to try this myself. Thanks for asking the question!
Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught will we realize that we can't eat money. Cree proverb
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Jun 12, 2017 7:53 PM CST
Use some soap spray. Every couple days, till gone, 10 to 14 days at most, should get rid of them.
Use 1 Tbl of regular Dawn dish soap to 1 gallon water.
I use it in morning.
I don't rince it off.
Even if is going to be 110 f. That day.
😎😎😎
Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.
North Central TX (Zone 8a)
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tx_flower_child
Jun 13, 2017 12:50 AM CST
Very interesting article that you linked to @Shadegardener.
I bought some worm castings and forgot where I put them. So I bought another bag and of course the 1st one suddenly appeared. Need to get them out in the garden and also throw some in the plants the I need to pot up. Have always heard that they have 'magical' qualities.
Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
aka CindyMzone5
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
Shadegardener
Jun 13, 2017 10:02 AM CST
tx - I only knew of worm castings from a soil nutrition (?) aspect. Never suspected them of being about to get rid of pests. Glad this question connected the two. I have an indoor worm bin so I can add the worm castings year round.
Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught will we realize that we can't eat money. Cree proverb
North Central TX (Zone 8a)
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tx_flower_child
Jun 13, 2017 7:01 PM CST
@Shadegardener - Sounds yummy.
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Tkhan
Jun 13, 2017 8:49 PM CST
Going to order on line and try them on the roses!!
However wondering if I can put some earthworms in my container garden !
Any thoughts ?
North Central TX (Zone 8a)
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tx_flower_child
Jun 13, 2017 9:04 PM CST
@Tkhan - Well, um, how big is your container garden? Or rather, how big are your containers?
Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
aka CindyMzone5
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
Shadegardener
Jun 14, 2017 7:32 AM CST
I did add some worm castings to my two potted hardy fuschias yesterday. Maybe 1/2 cup to the surface of each pot and then watered in. I used distilled water (my rain barrels were empty) to water it in. Was a little concerned about using chlorinated tap water to water in the worm castings. Maybe concern not warranted?
tx - "yummy" - ?!? Hilarious!
Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught will we realize that we can't eat money. Cree proverb

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