2018 Poinsettia Wrap Up: Whitefly and Pesticides

Bemisia 4_SJAs suspected, it’s turned out to be a heck of year for Poinsettia.  Many growers faced Erwinia, others had rooting issues, and all faced significant pressure from Bemisia whitefly from infested cuttings.

As the time approaches for the plants to go out the door, this post covers whitefly control successes/failures in 2018, and what to do with remaining populations.

Whitefly and other poinsettia issues are also being discussed at the Niagara Poinsettia Open House on Tuesday, November 20th. This will take place at Jefferys Greenhouse (Plant II) starting at 10 am.  See the latest issue of Greenhouse Canada Magazine for more information (pg. 28). Hope to see many of you there.

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The “Tipping Point” for Whitefly Control in Poinsettia

Picture1If you started out  using biological control in your Poinsettia crop this year, you’ve now reached the crucial tipping point for whitefly control decisions.

Based on the size of your whitefly population in mid-late September, your populations could end up too high by November  to effectively control.  Ultimately, this could affect sales.

So, do you keep going, and hope for the best?  Or switch horses mid-stream, and start using chemicals?  To help you determine which is the right call, keep reading.

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Worried About Whitefly? Control Strategies in Poinsettia for 2018.

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Bemisia whitefly (Bemisia tabaca) adults on poinsettia.  In high pressure years, poinsettia plants can quickly become unsellable due to this pest.

The floriculture industry in Ontario seems to have mostly avoided heavy aphid AND thrips pressure this spring/summer.  But from everything I’ve been hearing, we are NOT going to be that lucky with whitefly on poinsettia this year.

 

This  post goes over preventative measures that should be taken as soon as cuttings come in the door, biocontrol programs for whitefly on poinsettia, and WHEN and WHAT to spray for this so you can avoid resistance issues.

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Christmas in July: tips for controlling whitefly in poinsettia. (Hint – start now!).

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Juvenile and adult Bemisia whitefly (Bemisia tabaci).  There are 2 biotypes of this pest (“B” and “Q”) which look identical; however, their response to chemicals is very different.

Poinsettias cuttings are here! Unfortunately, they will likely arrive with unwanted “presents” in tow.  This includes Bemisia whitefly, a pest that can be hard to control with natural enemies and can ALSO be resistant to pesticides.  So what’s a grower to do?  

By implementing some preventative measures RIGHT NOW, and understanding WHEN it’s appropriate to spray, you can help save yourself a lot of headaches later.

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