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    • chimpysmith
    • By chimpysmith 15th Jun 19, 9:00 AM
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    Fly repellent
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    • 15th Jun 19, 9:00 AM
    Fly repellent 15th Jun 19 at 9:00 AM
    I noticed that my violas in my window boxes were shrivelling, closer inspection was they were covered in green/white fly. I started soaking them in shop bought fly spray and soapy water too. We had a week of torrential rain and I've just looked at them again. Every single one of my pots That were blooming are shrivelled with flies. I never have problems with flies on violas normally, I'm gutted.
    Any advice?
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    • sheramber
    • By sheramber 15th Jun 19, 11:00 AM
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    Use a systemic fly killer regularly as advised on the packet.
    • chimpysmith
    • By chimpysmith 15th Jun 19, 5:52 PM
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    I was out there every day soaking the window boxes in fly killer��
    • Farway
    • By Farway 16th Jun 19, 8:58 AM
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    • 16th Jun 19, 8:58 AM
    If you are talking white flies they are notoriously hard to kill now the more toxic chemicals have been withdrawn. A systemic should sort them, but systemics are not instant death, like systemic weedkillers, needs time to work
    • chimpysmith
    • By chimpysmith 17th Jun 19, 8:15 AM
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    I'm so nervous that it's going to spread to the rest of my pots. It's effecting about 70% so far. Just wondering if to bin all of them as spraying them every day doesn't seem to be helping. I hate throwing plants though.
    • Farway
    • By Farway 17th Jun 19, 9:24 AM
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    • 17th Jun 19, 9:24 AM
    Are these indoors or greenhouses?
    Out in the fresh air normally inhibits them
    • Alfrescodave
    • By Alfrescodave 17th Jun 19, 10:27 AM
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    • 17th Jun 19, 10:27 AM
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    • 17th Jun 19, 10:27 AM
    Are these indoors or greenhouses?
    Out in the fresh air normally inhibits them
    Originally posted by Farway
    I had a similar problem with whitefly on some peppers I was growing in the conservatory. I managed to move peppers plus containers outside and the insects (especially hover flies) soon removed all the little beggars.
    • chimpysmith
    • By chimpysmith 17th Jun 19, 2:05 PM
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    • 17th Jun 19, 2:05 PM
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    • 17th Jun 19, 2:05 PM
    Unfortunately these are all outside .
    • Alfrescodave
    • By Alfrescodave 18th Jun 19, 3:58 PM
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    • 18th Jun 19, 3:58 PM
    I'm so nervous that it's going to spread to the rest of my pots. It's effecting about 70% so far. Just wondering if to bin all of them as spraying them every day doesn't seem to be helping. I hate throwing plants though.
    Originally posted by chimpysmith
    I think that if 70% are already infected then I'd be biting the bullet and dump the lot - sometimes Mother Nature wins and we mere mortals have to accept defeat.

    You still have time to achieve a good display this year if you restock now - Jersey Plants seem to bombard my inbox every day with offers.
    • chimpysmith
    • By chimpysmith 18th Jun 19, 7:24 PM
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    Thankyou I think you're right. Bit worried they'll come back so think I'll have to dump the flowers and the compost beacause that's got a crust on it that doesn't look good. I'll just get a few new plants but not pansy's. Maybe marigolds or lobelia because they don't seem as interested in those.
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