Usr or Not to Use Malathion

wmrn43aApril 26, 2008

I used "Malathion 50" last week on 15 hibiscus planted outside not knowing about any reason not to. The label said for use on hibiscus.

After about 6 days all the plants still look healthy.

I was going to dose them again due to aphids but now I'd like some feed back.

Anything changed that it is now okay to use??

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hibiscuslover(z5 SE Mich)

Malathion is just about one of the worst chemicals in the garden. Every hear of the atomic bomb? Are you getting headaches and do you wash your hands after using malathion?
Try mixing up some soapy water and using a spray bottle to spray the aphids. Malathion doesn't just kill aphids, it kills bees, hummingbirds, butterflies, and so on.
Google malathion and read the MSDS hadzard warning, you might be amazed.

    Bookmark   April 29, 2008 at 12:05AM
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God, I hope you wore a mask when you were spraying that stuff!
DOn't use that poison on yourself and your plants!
Listen to hibiscuslover above!

    Bookmark   May 13, 2008 at 8:06PM
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If you read and follow the instructions YOU will do just fine. I spray it just before sun down so it dries while the bees and birds sleep. Nothing has changed so it is still safe to use if you follow instructions.

    Bookmark   May 17, 2008 at 6:00PM
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You can spray aphids with a good solution of green soap and water. Kills many of our pest as it washs off their waxy coating. Spray them direct as it will kill other good bug also.

    Bookmark   May 31, 2008 at 11:08PM
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mokikat(z9 FL)

Last month my 2 hibiscus had more aphids on the blooms and new growth than I had ever seen. Fortunately I had found some Cygon a systemic insecticide at a garden center. I hear it was supposedly taken off the market but they had it so I bought it and put 1 tablespoon per gallon of water.
Poured about a half gallon at the roots and within 3 days all the aphids were dead. I would always recommend a systemic before spraying an insecticide. Rubbing alcohol also will kill aphids when it gets on them. Hope this helps.

    Bookmark   June 9, 2008 at 1:20PM
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