[NAFEX] Grape Vines and Japanese Beetles

Richard O'Barr aatopgunaa at mindspring.com
Fri Jun 13 12:42:39 EDT 2003


Since Milky spore is a bacteria I would think that chlorinated water to
distribute would be a no no.
                                                            TG
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "hector black" <hblack at twlakes.net>
To: "North American Fruit Explorers" <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Wednesday, June 11, 2003 5:58 PM
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Grape Vines and Japanese Beetles


> They can really do a job on grapes.  French hybrids are their favorite,
but
> labrusca hybrids get pretty well chewed on here.  We walk out in the early
> morning when they are too cool to fly and knock them off into buckets
> (small) of soapy water where they quickly drown.
>     I've heard that granite dust (waste from a granite tombstone maker)
> dusted on the foliage early in the day when dew is still there, will deter
> them.   Hope to try that this year.
>     Milky spore is an OK organic practice, but there have been bad batches
> of the stuff.  That should be improved by now.
>     Hector Black  zone 6 middle TN
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Scott Williamson" <swilliamson at acespower.com>
> To: <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
> Sent: Wednesday, June 11, 2003 9:42 AM
> Subject: [NAFEX] Grape Vines and Japanese Beetles
>
>
> I just planted three grape vines this spring and have read that Japanese
> Beetles take a liking to them.  I was wondering if anyone knew if I should
> be real concerned about them or not.  I have only lived at my current
> location about a year and didn't notice a large number of them last year,
> but it could have been an off season for them.  I am trying to go organic
> with my property and would like to avoid spraying if possible.  I'm
assuming
> that once the vines get larger they can handle minor problems, but I don't
> really want the find them defoliated the first year I've had them planted.
> Any suggestions and/or info would be much appreciated.
>
> Scott Williamson
> central Indiana
> zone 5
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