Re: defunct drosera, hungry Nepenthes

Steve Clancy (
Mon, 12 Jun 1995 14:46:30 -0700 (PDT)

I use a soap spray with Ivory (white or clear) dishwashing soap in
distilled water. About 1/8 - 1/4 teaspoons in about 1 1/2 pints (size of
a typical pump hand-sprayer) for both aphids and spider-mites. It works
pretty well.


Steve Clancy
Science Library
University of California, Irvine
P.O. Box 19556
Irvine, CA 92713-9556

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On Thu, 25 May 1995, ISLAM, YASSIR wrote:

> I too had an aphid infestation on my drosera capensis. I sprayed with
> Schultz (pyrethrin) spray, but all the leaves died. Hopefull they will
> recover. Are there any persticides organic or otherwise, that will work
> without damaging the foliage? And why don't the aphids end up on the sticky
> trap like other insects?
> Someone posted a note about feeding sowbugs to their Nepenthes. I felt
> guilty, not having actively fed mine (Nepenthes alata) since I bought it a
> month ago. Is this something I ought to do? Aren't they supposed to do this
> on their own? I am willing to spoonfeed if advised to do so , but where do I
> get insects from? (There are plenty of bugs in the house, since I don't have
> screens in my windows, moths, ladybirds, spiders, you name it..catching them
> will be hard. The sundew has managed this quite well..)
> Yassir (sunny high 80's in DC)