Jackpine Radical Gardening

I have asked this before, but got no reply. So here I go

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    • #11573
      sadoldgirl
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      again: We are plagued with the Japanese beetle. Thus I give up

      on my dahlias for this year. Does anyone know whether these

      pestilent critters eat lilies as well? After all, I am unwilling to

      grow only Black-eyed Susan and Marygolds. My information

      about Geranium plants is that they have to be in pots on the

      concrete, so that one can squash the temporarily stunned

      beetles.

    • #11577
      alcina
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      Yes, they absolutely do eat lilies. Decimated my stargazers and white Oriental lilies. Didn’t touch the tiger lilies or wood lilies, though. And of course, the day lilies (which aren’t really lilies) were spared.  They also enjoyed the roses and echinacea, though not to the same extent.

      "I believe man suffers from an appalling ignorance of his own nature." -William Golding, Lord of the Flies

      • #11707
        sadoldgirl
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        Thanks! And damnation! I just ordered several

        oriental ones. Thus now I have to look for the

        Tiger ones. Those beetles have shown up here around

        the beginning of July. I tried for a time to fight them

        with Cedar oil for a while, but stopped after a while.

        So I will see none of my roses from July on, which is

        sad, because I have more than 10 bushes. I just got

        some Larkspur and Delphinium seeds to start, because

        they were spared last year.

    • #11586
      Ohio Barbarian
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      I understand tiger lilies are resistant. Japanese beetles are nasty little buggers.

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