Pests and Problems


    Violets are not especially susceptible to insects, etc. There are a few, however, that growers eventually encounter. Most pests are brought into a collection on a new plant. For this reason it is wise to isolate new additions to your otherwise clean collection until you are sure it has no hitchhikers. Prevention is easier than cure.
     Three of the most common ailments violets may get are:
(1) Blossom Thrips - these are tiny, slender, fast moving insects which chew on the pollen and the blossom petals.
(2) Mealy bugs: white cotton-like insects that donít move. Sticky and stringy when touched. Q-Tips and alcohol are almost useless.
(3) Powdery Mildew: a fuzzy mold-like growth on flowers and leaves. It develops where growing conditions are cool, moist, and still. Improve air circulation to prevent mildew from redeveloping.
A product that will treat all three of these common problems is Triple Action Plus by Ferti-lome. The active ingredients are pyrethrins and Neem Oil, both natural insecticides.

     To really clean the foliage on a violet gently spray the leaves with a mixture of 1/2 teaspoon of white vinegar and 5 drops any brand hand wash dish detergent in 1 cup very warm water. Pat dry. This really shines the foliage.

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