Are thrips the problem here?

luckyladyslipper(MA 5b-6a)July 19, 2014

I can't see any insects on any of the blotchy flowers, but a google search didn't seem to suggest anything else.

Should I cut off blotchy blooms? Use a chemical?

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
shive(6b TN)

With a distorted and splotchy bloom, I would say it is thrips. Thrips are very small, and unless you have a major infestati on, you don't readily see them. I spray the buds with Bayer Insect spray for roses and flowers. They seem to like reds and purples the most, so spray all buds on flowers with that color.

Debra

    Bookmark   July 19, 2014 at 2:38PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
luckyladyslipper(MA 5b-6a)

Thanks, Debra. I noticed that it's the reds that have this problem - not even orange ones. I'll look for the spray you mention. Again, thanks.

    Bookmark   July 19, 2014 at 5:10PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
mantis__oh

I wonder though if all splotchiness can be blamed on thrips. I swear that one could spray Born to Run till the cows come home and there still would be splotchiness, Just as an aside, I try to spray as little as possible--usually only those plants that have obvious thrips damage.

    Bookmark   July 19, 2014 at 11:38PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
24/7 daylilies in year 2
I tried the following varieties. Key Largo Moon Kokomo...
Patty W. zone 5a Illinois
Let's se those perfect "P" and "Q" daylilies!
It is time for the P and Q daylily pictures! I am cuious...
sherrygirl zone5
WARNING- do not use EcoSmart Grass & Weed Killer
I just sprayed this on my grass inbetween the cracks...
dani_plus_2
Who's still on the forum?
Uneasy making. Is this still going to work for comments...
organic_kitten
Joan Derifield or Man of Sorrows
I would love to have both of these, but I'm thinking...
ruthz
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™