Re: [gardeners] Our beautiful October garden

penny x stamm (
Fri, 19 Oct 2001 23:04:25 -0400

Ron, the chief entomologist of the State of California (I believe I
have given him his proper title) is named Baldo Villegas. It just
so happens that he is a fine friend, and we are currently in conversation
on the subject of how to rid a California garden of white flies.

Baldo's answer is:  get rid of the hibiscus. 

There are apparently a number of varieties of white flies, and each
one would require a different chemical or you would be wasting
your time. This entails bringing a leafy sample complete with 
tell-tale white flies in to your Cooperative Extension for identification
(generally not free of charge), and from there they could try to 
suggest what to use, no promises. 

You will have to weigh your desire to keep the hibiscus against your
despair of the white flies. 

Penny, NY


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