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    Hi guys!

    While feeding my plants this morning... I saw... Something terrible! Horrible green monsters have taken over my home and have taken two of my droseras hostage!! *creepy music*

    Yes, you guessed it, sounds like an aphid infestation. Small green and some black insects clinging to soft leaves and flower stalks at the base of the plants.

    Now what do I do to repel this evil invader?

    As always, thanks again.
    If the dragon is bigger than his treasure, it's not worth the effort.

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    Some suggest submerging the plants under water for some period. My approach is more direct. I spray them with orthene.

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    ...I always thought insects were pretty hard to drown... how long do they need to be kept under then?
    If the dragon is bigger than his treasure, it's not worth the effort.

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    Onde thing I have learned from the torrential downpurs we had this summer (aside from providing better drainage), is that the plants, themselves, can take being under water for several days.

    So try it for a day and monitor the results. If it needs more time - don't worry about the plants.

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    But will it reallt get rid of those aphids? I remember trying to drown a wasp once, hours later it was still alive! In the end I got fed up and just shook it to death.
    If the dragon is bigger than his treasure, it's not worth the effort.

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    Don't ask so many questions!! A 24 hour soak should do it, and if not, let them sit there for a few days, submerged. It will do the trick. However, I am with Bob. Orthene will do them under but good!!!
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    Aphid control

    Hi Cath, I did a quick search and found a natural spray that can easily be used. Also, A friend was telling me about the use of Pyrethrum to rid aphids. then it occurred to me - Pyrethrum is naturally found in chrysanthemums. An artificail version of the chemical is used by pest control operators (exterminators). So there are a few safe options out there. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]

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    Bug weed is correct. No fancy solutions needed...water works.

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