Cutworms and bulbs

Bracey Tiede
Sun, 20 Mar 2016 16:58:24 PDT
Row cover?


-----Original Message-----
From: pbs [] On Behalf Of Jane McGary
Sent: Sunday, March 20, 2016 4:37 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 thousand.

Jane McGary
Portland, Oregon, USA

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