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Prevention of gladiolus thrips.

Posted by 2b (My Page) on
Tue, Apr 10, 12 at 20:06

I only grew glads once, I was so disappointed when they succumbed to gladiolus thrips. Were they already in the purchased corms, or did they appear when the plant was put in the ground? I read that you can soak them in Lysol or bleach in order to kill them prior to planting. Has anyone tried this and was it effective?

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RE: Prevention of gladiolus thrips.

I think you would be better off using a systemic insecticide like imidaclorpid. Should be available at any garden center -- look for a "rose and flower" type product, may be a combination fertilizer/insecticide compound.

RE: Prevention of gladiolus thrips.

Thanks for answering my question. I actually just heard about this insecticide that you mentioned...I'm a bit wary about using imidacloprid since recent findings have linked it to colony collapse disorder in bees.

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