Re: Re: defunct drosera, hungry Nepenthes

John Phillips (
Fri, 16 Jun 95 16:00:03 CST

In Message Fri, 16 Jun 1995 14:53:30 -0700,
Steve Clancy <> writes:

>On Thu, 15 Jun 1995, dave evans wrote:
>> > From: Steve Clancy <slclancy@UCI.EDU>
>> >
>> > 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.
>> Could you tell us what species you are using this on please?
>> Thanks
>> Dave Evans
>I have used it with success on VFT, Drosera capensis and Drosera adelae.
>If the concentration is too strong, there may be some die back. I use
>this mainly for spider-mites on CP, and I cut off all infected or dead
>leaves first. Sometimes this means cutting off everything except the
>growing tip. It's important to spray all sides of any leaves that are left.
>Often only 1-2 treatments are needed.
>Sometimes the moss around the CP will die back a bit.
>I have used it for aphids in the garden on everything froms roses to
>There was a recent thread on the cactus and succulents listserv (which is
>on this same listserver) about insecticidal soaps.
>-- Steve
>Steve Clancy
>Science Library
>University of California, Irvine
>P.O. Box 19556
>Irvine, CA 92713-9556
>[Please quote this message when you reply]
I have succeeded in killing infestations of thrips and spider mites on D.
aliciae by submerging the potted plants in a bucket of water over night. I
removed the plants during the day to allow the roots to breathe and the
leaves to get some light. Two or three nights were enough to kill off the
infestations. This saved the plants further distress from insecticidal soap.
John Phillips
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