Hippeastrum rescue

Diane Whitehead ldiane.whitehead@gmail.com
Mon, 19 Dec 2016 17:57:10 PST
My area is a bad one for narcissus fly as narcissus has been a commercial crop here for a very long time (a century or more).

I'm not growing hippeastrums outside, but for other bulbs susceptible to the narcissus fly, like daffodils and snowdrops,  I try to avoid the fly rather than poison it.  The base of the bulb foliage is where the fly lays its eggs, so I make sure there are leafy plants hiding the base of the bulb foliage.  I use various broad-leaved plants like vancouveria, and even winter vegetables like lettuce and parsley.

Diane Whitehead
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada 

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