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Old 03-07-2014, 09:58 PM   #11
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So should I forego the transplant and just keep up with the pest control? Would using new soil really help that much? I'd really rather not stress them and just let them grow. One plant already has a dozen bines poking out and the other just broke ground today.
Aphids (if that's your pest) don't over winter in soil. So, transplanting won't help you any. From what I've read, they over winter in the bark of certain trees. They especially like fruit trees I guess. I have a large sweet cherry tree near my hops and I suspect that's where mine are coming from.
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Once upon a time I had spider mites and aphids when I hypothetically grew hops's cousin. I used a dish soap and cayenne pepper mixture that I sprayed on the plants, let it sit for 20 minutes, and rinsed well. I treated the plants like this twice a day for about 3 days to a week and it solved the problem. It was even during the early stages of flowering and I had no ill effects. Just be sure to rinse very well and you should be fine!

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Old 03-08-2014, 06:10 AM   #13
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+1 to the neem oil,that stuff will destroy a aphid colony within a day or two.My problem last year was japanese beetles flocking to my hops so this year i am hitting all my soil with beneficial nematodes to kill the grubs before they have a chance.
We treat our soil with milky spore, kills Japanese beetles in grub stage and once it's been done spring and fall for two seasons the milky spore will colonies on its own and you're golden... plus, those Japanese beetle grubs destroy your lawn and attract moles that feed on them so we LOVE milky spore.
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That was my problem last year. I kept going out of town so I only hit my mites with neem oil twice. It didn't work. This year, I guess I will try to spray them off with a sprayer every day and then neem oil once a week, twice a week, everyday? 3 years now, my hops get to about 5 feet and then they get sucked dry and I get like two ounces of wet hop in October. It has been a real bumber.

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