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Overwintering plants - pests

Postby tdifurio » Sat Nov 21, 2009 11:06 am

I was listening to your morning show today. I heard a bit about overwintering plants and how to clean up the dirt from plants - how to kill any potential insects in the plants with a solution of bleach and???

1. I missed the amounts of the solution for watering to kill the potential insects in the plants. I am in the midst of bringing in about 10 large hybiscus and would love to know how to rid them of insects in the dirt.

2. Also, do I want to fertilize them .. they have not been fertilized in months .. they look a bit dreary. I was told that Fish fertilizer was very good for them.

Thank you!
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Re: Overwintering plants - pests

Postby lorijones » Mon Nov 23, 2009 4:17 pm

The Clorox solution is for dipping bare root plants not for watering potted plants!

The Clorox solution (1part Clorox to 20 parts water) that Andre mentioned was just for dipping elephant ear bulbs and other tropical bulbs and tubers that you dig and store "bare root" over the winter, not for treating potted tropical plants that you are overwintering in the pots.
There are two ways to overwinter your tropical hibiscus, as a houseplant in the warm house or in a dormant or semi-dormant condition in a frost-free garage or basement. Here's a tip from our website explaining each method: http://www.inthegardenradio.com/v.php?pg=659. The Bayer Advanced plant spikes mentioned in this article will take care of insects on the plants over the winter and they also contain a slow release fertilizer that will feed the plant through the winter when you follow the label directions. Neptune's Harvest makes some great fish and seaweed fertilizers for plants.
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Re: Overwintering plants - pests

Postby flued10 » Tue Aug 01, 2017 7:15 am

tdifurio wrote:I was listening to your morning show today. I heard a bit about overwintering plants and how to clean up the dirt from plants - how to kill any potential insects in the plants with a solution of bleach and???

1. I missed the amounts of the solution for watering to kill the potential insects in the plants. I am in the midst of bringing in about 10 large hybiscus and would love to know how to rid them of insects in the dirt.

2. Also, do I want to fertilize them .. they have not been fertilized in months .. they look a bit dreary. I was told that Fish fertilizer was very good for them.

Thank you!

Hello
I think the easiest way to prevent insect damage in your garden is to discourage them from coming in the first place. A healthy garden is the best defense.
Pull out any weak plants. They may already be infected. If not, they will attract predators. Pull the plant and dispose of it away from the garden area.

Build healthy, organic soil. Natural composting methods, mulching and top-dressing your soil with compost or natural fertilizer is the best way to develop strong, vigorous plants.

Seaweed mulch or spray. Seaweed contains trace elements such as iron, zinc, barium, calcium, sulfur, and magnesium, which promotes healthy development in plants. Seaweed fertilizer in mulch or spray form will enhance growth and give plants the strength to withstand disease. Seaweed mulch also repels slugs.

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