11 thoughts on “Insecticides weaken plants

  1. A most excellent post! Reminds me of a quote by E.O. Wilson: “If all mankind were to disappear, the world would regenerate back to the rich state of equilibrium that existed ten thousand years ago. If insects were to vanish, the environment would collapse into chaos.”

  2. Petrel41, My problem is deer. They eat all the flowers or buds the minute they appear. Do you know if the deer repelents (usually a mixture of dead fish, eggs and a few other horrible ingredients) are of any harm to flowers? I am ready to douse the new spring plants and buds with some commercial deer repellent such as “Not tonight deer” or “deer be-gone.” Any knowledge on these liquids? Thanks, Wally

    • Hi, deer are a bit of a different issue than insects. I am not by any means an expert on deer repellents. I would tend to think that organic material like dead fish would not be as hazardous as some chemical repellents. Though too much organic material like dung, or fertilizer, will kill flowers which need a “nutrient poor” soil, like violets.

      Maybe a fence around the flowers, or a net above them, might prevent deer from eating the flowers?

      • The deer are agressive. They lean on or jump on netting and have been known to get over six foot fences. On violets, the deer are more than welcome to any they find. My grass lawn is invaded by violets and their horrible root systems. I wish to protect my flower garders; lillies, roses, peonies, fox gloves (which they normally don’t bother) and I have a section of blood root which they do not seem to care for either. Some Hibiscus they ignore and others they eat right down to the root. Thanks for your advice. I can’t do much more to the flowers than the deer do. I will take your advice and continue to avoid the chemicals. Thanks again, Wally

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