Thrips, disbdding and seed pods?
So finally nothing had rotted on me in a few weeks, and my new AVs (and a few older ones) were finally setting bud (again) and coming into bloom, when I went to groom the one plant that actually had flowers. And lots of spilled pollen. Yuck. I found thrips.
I had to disbud everything. And I'll have to go find some insecticide actually sold in Ontario. - I may have to resort to a dog shampoo against ticks and lice. (Saw the method mentioning RID lice shampoo, only that stuff isn't sold here - pet products seem to be the closest in composition). Maybe volunteering at an animal shelter may come in handy - if they are willing to give me a sample :-)
Ah well. Live learn and dunk your violets in poisonous goop.
Now, does anyone know if it is ok to leave seed pods on whilst disbudding plants? Please say thrips will leave them alone?!?
It is a cross I probably won't be able to repeat.... (Not counting on anything to survive these days.)
On the positive side, I peeled open the buds for pixie runaround sport, and it would have bloomed true :-)
and how am I going to dip a 4' cactus? Ouch. I better get a spray bottle too :-p