I have a backyard vineyard of about 100 vines.
Does anyone know of any plants that are natural
insect repellants that I could plant between the
vines. I do not need a product I can eat but
something that is pretty would be an added bonus.
Different species of tagetes are used for different deterrent
purposes. Tagetes minuta is used by Organic gardeners here, to repel
some weeds which spread by underground runners. Other marigolds are used
to repel insects.
I've forgotten the term for plants which exude chemicals to deter
other plants from colonising their space. Walnuts ,eucalypts and
rhododendrons are other examples.
On Fri, 30 Mar 2007 22:55:16 +0000 (UTC), FragileWarrior
Not true. Marigolds attract spider mites. There is only one variety
of marigold which helps prevent root knot nematodes IN the soil.
Where did you get "the smellier, the better" from?
The way farmers do it in organic method farming is to plant catch
crops for whatever insect. Here, for example, aphids adore the young
Guara lindheimeri, so those get planted in order to then attract lady
On Sat, 31 Mar 2007 12:24:07 +0000 (UTC), FragileWarrior
Spider mites are microscopic. They cover from top to bottom any
marigold I've ever planted. They are used in farming as catch crops
to draw the attention of spider mites. I say this in all factualness
(not a real word I don't think)
If you don't remember where you heard something why would you pass it
on as fact? One thing I'm learning is to not advise based on my own
BS, but to advise based on the facts. I believe your heart was in the
right place, but I do not think you gave good information regarding
Not in the way you said they work. They do not repel insects, rather
attract them thus farmers use them as catch crops. So, the answer to
your last question is no, by no logic do marigolds work under the
right conditions to repel insects.
Actually, I said it tongue in cheek. *sigh* The printed word is SUCH a
May all your authoritive advice always be right on the money and may you
never, ever, EVER make a mistake. Carry on!
On Sat, 31 Mar 2007 21:48:32 +0000 (UTC), FragileWarrior
I don't find anything fun about arrogance. However, the information
was wrong and it can be proven wrong with a simple search about the
species Tagetes and Chrysanthumum. They are not the same. If that is
arrogant of me to point this out, I'd have to say the arrogance is a
reflection of you.
Nobody said they were the same. I said, they are in the same plant
family (compositae). A simple search will show you that/
Marigolds contain the same insecticidal compounds as chrysanthemum
Ann, Janet said the pesticidal properties were in the leaves of the
marigold, which she said was pyrethrum. That is not true, and
inaccurate. It is not a common marigold which produces the pesticide
pyrethrum, but the mum and the pesticide is in the flowers not stems
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