Daylily Gall Midge

brody(z7 WA)July 14, 2012

Has anyone else had problems with this pest yet? If your daylilies have lots of distorted buds that fail to flower, you might have it. Mine have been effected for 3 years. I believe they're another foreign pest that gained a foothold in BC and are spreading south, so heads up.

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Yes, I discovered them last summer & haven't eradicated it yet though concentrated in one garden.

Info from Erikson's Gardens:
-soil borne larvae emerges early May
-lays eggs in buds
-grubs eat inside of bud & deform it
-remove affected buds in June (seal in bag & dispose -- don't compost) Otherwise the grubs will crawl back down into the soil when done eating to emerge again next year as an adult.)
-no spraying required or needed for this pest

Here is a link that might be useful: complete article

    Bookmark   July 14, 2012 at 11:25AM
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brody(z7 WA)

Yep, that's the same thing I've been doing with the buds. I've also read that late bloomers escape most of the damage. It's a new problem to me so was trying to spread the word on here.

    Bookmark   July 15, 2012 at 1:52AM
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buyorsell888(Zone 8 Portland OR)

No problem for me with over 30 daylilies in Portland, sure hope it never gets to be one too....thanks

    Bookmark   July 15, 2012 at 3:43PM
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