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Bugs in your Cut Flowers?

Posted by kneecop 7 Long Island (My Page) on
Wed, Jun 18, 08 at 19:48

Though I'm not selling them, I have a pretty extensive year round supply of flowering plants and shrubs. We of course cut them and take them in for our own arrangements, but we just can't figure out what to do about the bugs. How do you get rid of them in your cut flowers? I'd love to just refrigerate them, but don't have a spare fridge for this! We try to wash them, but we either wind up ruining the flowers or we don't get all the critters. Some of the worst ones to deal with & the bugs -
Peony - ants
Hydrangea - this year, Predatory Running Mites
Oriental lily
Butterfly Bush
Cherry Blossoms - mealy bugs, some other weird black things

The only ones we had no bugs on were Hyacinth, Forsythia and Daffodils because there are no bugs out that time of year!

So, how do you all get rid of the bugs?!

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RE: Bugs in your Cut Flowers?

  • Posted by pudge 2/3 Sask (My Page) on
    Fri, Jun 20, 08 at 0:37

I use a large tub of water, hold a bunch of flowers by the bottom stems and swish them heads down into the water. This works very well with peonies, lilies and sunflowers.

RE: Bugs in your Cut Flowers?

Thanks pudge! I will give that a shot. So the idea is to sort of drown them or hope they float to the top? Sounds like a good plan...

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