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
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
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