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Old 09-10-2009, 07:08 AM   #1
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Default Hop plants have an insect problem??

I live in Bloomington Indiana. I planted six different hops that grow well in my climate. I understand it is my first year so I have not had a lot of buds growing. I am mainly allowing the plant to help its root growth. The problem i have had however is insects and other creatures eating my vines. There are whole leaves missing from either a deer or insects. I have knocked off several catipillers. I went around all six plants with a weed whacker and killed back growth around them. I also mowed a huge area around them to keep pesst back. I will build an enclosure to stop deer. My question is does any one know of a good repellent to keep bugs off. Looking for great results next year.



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Old 09-10-2009, 10:20 AM   #2
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Best thing seems to be to either plant something that the bugs like more than your hops, A sacrificial plant, Or plant something that repels the insects. I used insecticide this year - wiped out all the bugs and so the spider mites had a field day with no natural predators around. The plants will survive, but no hops this year.

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