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    What is aflicting my D. aliciae?

    And how do I deal with it?


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    Aphids, you can see a couple of them at 9 o'clock. A systemic insecticide like Imidacloprid works for me. Try Bayer's Rose and Flower insect killer.

    The drowning method might work. Neem oil should not be used on distressed plants.
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    I've drowned them before and this is the first time it failed. I just bought Schultz Garden Safe spray. There are no directions for use on the label. How much do I use? Do I apply it the leaves or soil or both? Do I repeat application after a certain amount of time? What's the white flecks that I see?

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    You can use ortho, dews hate it and will take some time for them to recover.


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    That's the Fungicide3 (Neem Oil)? The instructions should be under a peel back label.

    Basically spray all surfaces until runoff (apply liberally). Note you have to spray top and bottom of the leaves. Repeat twice a week for two weeks then spray once a week for at least another two weeks.

    It's a "contact" pesticide that seals the breathing holes of the insects and the slight film of oil gums up the mouth parts. Since it is a low persistence oil it evaporates in a few days. Don't expect to see the insects dying a fast twitching death as they would with Raid - Neem oil doesn't work that way.
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    If you're afraid to use the Neem oil you can try rubbing alcohol. I dipped a capensis in isopropyl that broke out swarming with aphids a week or so after bringing it home . The alcohol seemed to do the trick.
    (Then the cottonwood trees dumped all summer and finally finished off that pesky capensis! )

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    I applied it. Now I just wait a few days and do it again, if necessary.

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    I would spray it again regardless. My Drosera filiformis var filiformis "Florida Giant" came infested with aphids. It took several weeks of spraying to get rid of them. There's a little groove on the leaves that the aphids were in to avoid the traps.
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