Category Archives: Aphid control

Using Beleaf (flonicamid) as a drench: benefits and (potential) drawbacks.

Given that it’s the season for pest problems like aphids on spring crops, I’d like to remind everyone of an important new pest management tool we have at our disposal. Thanks to the hard work of Cary Gates at Flowers Canada Growers, and OMAFRA’s Jim Chaput, Beleaf (flonicamid) can now be used as a drench on […]

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Managing Million Bells, 2017 Updates

It’s that time of year again, when unrooted cuttings or rooted plug trays of Million Bells (Calibrachoa) are first arriving in the greenhouse.   When they go right, Calibrachoa are a relatively easy, staple spring crop.  However, when million bells go bad, they … Continue reading

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Cooler weather means more foxglove aphids: a refresher

Now that temperatures have cooled down, it’s time to start watching for foxglove aphid as your primary aphid pest, rather than green peach or melon aphid.  Here’s links to 2 articles that were published this week that talk about this … Continue reading

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Managing Million Bells

By Sarah Jandricic and Chevonne Carlow It’s that time of year again, when baskets of Million Bells (Calibrachoa) are going up in the greenhouse.  Here’s how to deal with and prevent some of their most common issues. From a nutritional … Continue reading

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Figuring out Foxglove Aphid Control

The spring bedding crop season is over, so now’s the time to reflect on what worked, and what didn’t, for foxglove aphid control.  This way we can prepare for their re-appearance in the fall. To recap, foxglove aphid (Aulacorthum solani) is … Continue reading

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