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My daughter says her violas have been invaded by little white insects which seem to come from soil and hop about She has tried spraying them with no effect How can she get rid of the little blighters



Horrible little whitefly. Take all the goodness out of plants somehow. Goyers do get their violas to go on blooming....but I think they might need to be healthy. It really is time for other plants to take over by now. Still plenty to choose at the GC

30 Jun, 2011


Thanks Dorjac I will let her know

30 Jun, 2011


Heavy infestations tend to happen when Violas are planted too close together and in restricted places like window boxes and tubs. Thinning the Violas and washing them with soapy water helps flush them away and stop infestations. Thinning also allows birds and insects to predate the fly. Water and feed the Violas afterwards.

1 Jul, 2011


Thank you Kildermore I will remember that for the future but I m afraid she has followed Dorjac s advice and ditched them

1 Jul, 2011


I did say that other goyers keep violas going well. I have some left too and don't want to throw them out. The choice of plants at the GC may drop off soon, while resuscitation is in progress. The patient may not recover in spite of intensive TLC...see my Heuchera chronicles blog. I had one self seeded viola hiding in a large old fuchsia in a big pot for three years. Sometimes it looked fine then not so good.. Recently it was recycled on the compost heap.

1 Jul, 2011

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