Red Lily Bug

J. Denys Bourque
Thu, 09 May 2013 10:49:22 PDT
Dear All,

My fritillaria came out 10 d ago and, of course, I started checking every day for these sap sucking monsters. Well, I suppose they have a purpose in the Grand Scheme of things, but I'd rather they would have stayed in Europe.

After three days, as a precaution, I dusted the three plants with wood ash and after 20-30 min rinsed the leaves off with water.

Only, one week later a fourth one came out, about 2 m = 6 ft from the nearest of the others. Three days later, although no more than 6 cm = 3 in. tall, it was covered with not less than 10 of the beasts. I immediately applied ashes and watched them drop to the ground, sort of dead, like. 

I've been checking them twice a day since; a few came back and I dusted again yesterday. This pm all are clear. 


This treatment was found in Brent & Becky's Bulbs Fall 2012 catalog, contributed by one of their customers.

I'm nonetheless prepared to use the other treatments suggested by contributors to this forum.

J. Denys Bourque
Saint-Jacques, NB   CANADA
Canadian Zone 3A

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