Cutworms and bulbs

Sun, 20 Mar 2016 16:45:21 PDT
Dipel.  Sprayed on the foliage.  This should work for you.

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From: pbs [] On Behalf Of Jane McGary
Sent: Sunday, March 20, 2016 6:37 PM
To: Pacific Bulb Society
Subject: Re: [pbs] Cutworms and bulbs

On 3/20/2016 3:37 PM, Diane Whitehead wrote:
> When do these moths lay their eggs?  Maybe some nets or screens could keep
them out of your greenhouse.

I should have mentioned that the "greenhouse" is 20 by 40 feet and the sides
are hardware cloth (wire mesh), not solid. I don't know if the moths can get
through the mesh but they might get in under the roof or some other
unprotected place. Juncos (small birds) sometimes get in; I suspect they
walk between the bottom of the door and the gravel path. 
The protected situation also attracts many spiders, which may help control
the moths.

Most advice on controlling cutworms in the home garden involves making
little cardboard collars and putting them around the young plants. That is
probably fine for somebody who is growing a dozen little plants -- not a

Jane McGary
Portland, Oregon, USA

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