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Joni
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Hummingbirder 2008

Re: Aphids !

May 16 2017, 6:46 PM 

No aphids on my 'Cedar Lane'! Just wished it flowered longer. It's the reddest one I have & doesn't continue flowering as the other sempervirens I have. Will need to cut this back after flowering since it is propped up by multiple means & wants to tip over. Although far away from where I was weeding, I kept forgetting to glance to see if any Hummers around.

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I moved 'John Clayton' year before last & it also fell over some but is flowering pretty well & didn't notice any aphids on it either.

Bought 'Major Wheeler' last year but over-wintered in garage as I didn't know where to put it at the time. I think I will be making some homemade PVC cloches & combine with rebar in the "legs". These wire supports from garden centers aren't cutting it & don't have a fence.

Joni
Elwood, IL
Zone 5b
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Indy Steve
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Hummingbird lover 2007

Re: Aphids !

May 16 2017, 7:55 PM 

One major wheeler has some foliage at the base and nothing up the trellis and another MW has foliage half way up the trellis but not a single flower and I can tell it has had aphids on it. I feel Im wasting my time with these two as neither flowered the last two years.
Steve
Martinsville In.
Zone 6

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Dan
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Hummingbird lover 2009

Re: Aphids !

May 18 2017, 7:06 PM 

My honeysuckle is covered in aphids. I'll have to cut off a bunch of infested blooms and growth tips. Bah!
East-central Iowa
Zone 5a

 
 
Dan
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Hummingbird lover 2009

Re: Aphids !

June 2 2017, 10:32 PM 

Has anyone noticed any difference in the number of aphids on their honeysuckles with varying amounts of sun exposure? My honeysuckle gets nearly all-day sun and aphids are a big problem. However, years ago I planted a few more honeysuckles by a nearby creek and I have not seen any aphids on them. They get much more shade than mine does. There is one growing up into a pine tree that only gets a bit of dappled sun through the tree. There are several bloom clusters about to open and each one is perfectly clean. That got me wondering if aphids might prefer more exposed plants.
East-central Iowa
Zone 5a

 
 
Dan
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Hummingbird lover 2009

Re: Aphids !

June 15 2017, 10:59 AM 

A couple days ago I discovered that my hanging basket cuphea llavea has aphids all over it. I've seen a few on this plant before, but not like this.
East-central Iowa
Zone 5a

 
 
Ward Dasey
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Hummingbird Moderator 2005

Re: Aphids !

June 15 2017, 11:37 AM 

Over the years I have had problems with whitefly, spider mites etc on Cuphea while they were being wintered over indoors, but not after any of them had been outdoors for a while. Did you winter this one over or was it from a nursery?

 
 
Joni
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Hummingbirder 2008

Re: Aphids !

June 15 2017, 12:02 PM 

Guess I forgot to reply to you, Dan. I have 'Dropmore Scarlet' in both full sun & semi-shade & both have them.

I didn't have 1 white-fly this year on any overwinters. A few gnats & a couple of ants & that was it. Had a problem with scale a couple of times on Justicias & a couple of other plants before & haven't had that for a few years now. Those plants that had scale, I just rubbed them with a towel with some rubbing alcohol on it & took care of it.

Joni
Elwood, IL
Zone 5b
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Dan
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Hummingbird lover 2009

Re: Aphids !

June 15 2017, 12:39 PM 

Thanks, Joni.

Ward, I bought my "batface" cuphea from a local garden center.
East-central Iowa
Zone 5a

 
 
Indy Steve
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Hummingbird lover 2007

Re: Aphids !

June 15 2017, 4:52 PM 

Guess Im not a good one to answer as I get mostly sun here but the aphids havent been as thick this year as in past years but I have had them on all my honeysuckles.
Steve
Martinsville In.
Zone 6

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Ward
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Hummingbird Moderator 2005

Re: Aphids !

June 20 2017, 5:10 AM 

Aphid season at least Honeysuckle aphid season is coming to an end. Most of the new shoots are clear now and there are even a few clean flower clusters. In order to cover up the mess Clematis are being added to the bases of the posts honeysuckle is being grown on. The kinds that bloom summer into fall that can be cut to the ground each fall. The idea is that as they grow in spring they will cover up the mess and in the case of the texensis hybrid Duchess of Albany might feed the hummingbirds. Perhaps the idea will work, that one won't smother that other? Time will tell.


    
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Dan
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Hummingbird lover 2009

Re: Aphids !

June 30 2017, 4:06 PM 

Aphids are mostly gone from my honeysuckle. I cut off much of the bad/infested growth one month ago, and now it is throwing out a good amount of healthy growth with many flower buds. It should look nice in a couple weeks.

There are still some aphids remaining on my cuphea llavea, but much less than earlier in June. Fortunately, aphids don't seem to harm this plant like they do honeysuckle. My plant looks fine and its growth is accelerating.
East-central Iowa
Zone 5a

 
 
Indy Steve
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Hummingbird lover 2007

Re: Aphids !

June 30 2017, 4:20 PM 

Not much of an aphid issue currently, but an ongoing issue with beetles bothering my goldflame and roses, even spotted one on my penta earlier today.
Steve
Martinsville In.
Zone 6

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D_Kleiser
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Hummingbird lover 2011

Re: Aphids !

July 1 2017, 6:17 PM 

I have to be constantly vigilant for aphids. Just sprayed some little Hyacinth Bean plants which are just showing aphids. They're just beyond the seedling stage. I have to spray seedlings so nocturnal bugs don't eat them anyway. My L. sempervirens have been mostly healthy since I treated them with Bonide systemic granules VERY early. Just as the buds were breaking. My next door neighbors' vine which is a cutting from mine was not treated and the entire first bloom was lost.
Far west Chicago 'Burbs, Zone 5a
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Ward
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Hummingbird Moderator 2005

Re: Aphids !

July 4 2017, 7:48 AM 

Just a few weeks ago the three honeysuckle on eight foot posts received a trim. All this year's growth was trimmed back to two sets of leaves removing the aphid damaged leaves and spent flower clusters. Since then new growth formed at the axils and now the new growth has flower buds that should open about the time the next and bigger crop of fledglings makes the scene. It looks to be a nice show. From here on unless hard experience tell me otherwise this how I will handle these honeysuckle. Perhaps even another trim when this flush next flush ends? A good fall show would be nice.

 
 

Cathy P (Downers Grove, IL Zone 5b)
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Hummingbird Lover 2014

Re: Aphids !

July 5 2017, 4:30 PM 

I have 6 honeysuckle
New this year is the Dropmore Scarlet that replaced my
Blanch samdman that died over the winter and 2 Major Wheelers
.
Last years vines
Goldflame.... is just now taking off, I didn't know it
dies down to the ground over the winter in my area
Coral.. only 1 of 3 made it thru the winter and taking it's
time getting going
Alabama.. 1 of 2 survived and slowly taking off
I have seen no aphids luckily.......yet
Cathy P
A Hummingbird Fan in Downers Grove, Illinois
Zone 5a
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Joni
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Hummingbirder 2008

Re: Aphids !

July 7 2017, 7:33 PM 

I haven't seen any lately, even on Tropical Milkweed (knock on wood). I wouldn't hesitate cutting back any Honeysuckle in the future since I hacked back my 'Dropmore Scarlet' & it has rebounded very nicely & putting out quite a few blooms.

Joni
Elwood, IL
Zone 5b
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Dan
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Hummingbird lover 2009

Re: Aphids !

July 19 2017, 5:50 PM 

This past week I've really noticed the core of my cuphea llavea (hanging basket) is pretty dull, crisp/brown, and ugly. The aphids are gone, and several stems have been growing and looking healthy at the tips(only at the tips), with blooms, but in general the plant is not good. It should be more dense and look more green/lush. Perhaps the earlier aphid infestation took more of a toll than I thought. Since hummers aren't using it, yet, and it's still July, I decided to give it a big cut-back. I can see there is some tiny fresh growth at the base of the wood, so I expect the plant will explode with fresh growth and be ready for the hummers in a few weeks.
East-central Iowa
Zone 5a


    
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Indy Steve
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Hummingbird lover 2007

Re: Aphids !

July 19 2017, 7:23 PM 

I hope your cuphea comes roaring back in a few weeks . I have on occasion cupheas back when needed regardless of time of year but for me its been because of beetles. I have had some bouts with aphids this season but not too bad. Good luck with yours.
Steve
Martinsville In.
Zone 6

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Ward Dasey
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Hummingbird Moderator 2005

Re: Aphids !

July 20 2017, 8:17 AM 

the pruning of the damaged side-shoots back to two sets of leaves in June is yielding dividends now. The plants that were pruned so are having a fine secondary bloom. Once this bloom is over the vines will be trimmed back again in hopes of another bloom this fall. Hopefully another side effect maintenance will be vines that sit pretty tight on their posts instead of sprawling out in all directions.

 
 
Dan
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Hummingbird lover 2009

Re: Aphids !

September 15 2017, 9:48 PM 

The cool August through early September brought the aphids back to my honeysuckle... the worst late-season infestation I've seen. I had to cut off a bunch of growth tips again.
East-central Iowa
Zone 5a

 
 
 
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