Any Rhododendron experts out there?

SillyMe

<font color=green>I love trying to figure out myst
Joined
Jan 29, 2005
I know I could post this on the Flower & Garden board, but more people will read it here.

There are real tiny white flies invading and killing my Rhododendrons. Only half of the flowers bloomed this year, the leaves are being eaten and there are black spots on them. The tiny flies are completely covering the leaves.

Does anyone know what they are and how I can get rid of them?
 

binny

do something that MATTERS!
Joined
Mar 14, 2001
Lady Bugs :)


They eat those pesky little guys.


Also if you want to know the Swedish tip for the best Rhodies add (dry) eggshells to coffee grounds and put them all over the soil around them. It makes a HUGE difference!
 

SillyMe

<font color=green>I love trying to figure out myst
Joined
Jan 29, 2005
Eggshells and Coffee Grounds? Hmmm...I heard about Coffee Grounds already, but not eggshells. I guess I'll have to give it a try. Maybe once I find a way to kill off the bugs, the coffee grounds and eggshells will help give the rhododendrons a boost back to life. Thanks.
 

Charade

<font color=royalblue>I'm the one on the LEFT side
Joined
Jan 2, 2005
Get a spray specifically for white flies.
 

binny

do something that MATTERS!
Joined
Mar 14, 2001
well thats how the old time Swedes I know make their coffee they add dried eggshells to the coffee grounds....


So when These sweet little old ladies used to dump their coffee grounds and eggshells out the window at our old church the Rhodies grew like crazy :)



If the ladybugs dont work try Praying mantises.
 









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