bugs in me baggies!!

triple_b(BC 5b)June 26, 2007

One bag that has three cuttings going seems to be doing fine, but I notice what looks like fungus gnats or little black fruit flies zooming around in there. I regularly open the bag, try to shoo out as many as possible and then close it and blow in to re-inflate it. Are these little guys going to do any harm? The cuttings have been in there for a good couple weeks now and I have only had to ditch one from that particular bag.Aside from that, one is showing growth in the bud eyes so it is obviously 'doing something'.

Also, another cutting in a different baggie seems to have some stowaway bugs setting up shop. Aphids from the looks of them and under the leaves are little oblong yellow eggs(?)

Can I spray insecticidal soap on my bagged cuttings? These are cuttings I don't want to lose. I imagine defoliating the cuttings to get rid of the eggs would not be an option as it would leave a naked stick.

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susaninthegarden

I just discovered aphids on my rose cuttings in the pop bottle greenhouses.
What is with that? How do they even get there? arg. Should we worry?

    Bookmark   June 26, 2007 at 12:24PM
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triple_b(BC 5b)

I bought a bottle of Safer's End-All (pyrithrins) and opened the bag and gave it a couple good sprays. Tonight I will look again and see if we have total annihilation or not (of the bugs, not the cuttings!)

    Bookmark   June 28, 2007 at 8:03PM
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triple_b(BC 5b)

I checked yesterday. The roses cuttings are still standing and the bugs have been...totally...annihilated.

Mission Accomplished.

    Bookmark   July 1, 2007 at 3:30PM
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