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From:Date:Zone:
Lorraine16-Mar-02 08:49 AM EST 5b   
Barb18-Mar-02 02:12 PM EST 5b   
Barb18-Mar-02 02:12 PM EST 5b   
Judy18-Mar-02 02:33 PM EST 5a   
Ann19-Mar-02 07:27 PM EST 4b   
marg20-Mar-02 09:47 AM EST 5b   


Subject: help needed to identify a plant!!
From: Lorraine
Zone: 5b
Date: 16-Mar-02 08:49 AM EST

thank you Ann for your reply

The leaves are dark green, about 2 inches wide, pointed at the tip. Each stem produces many of the bell shaped flowers. Also as it matures, the main stem is quite woody and thick. The flowers contain a pod with seeds it I believe if left would burst. Hope this is helpful. Thanks


Subject: RE: help needed to identify a plant!!
From: Barb
Zone: 5b
Date: 18-Mar-02 02:12 PM EST

Hi..are the seed pods black? If so..many sho -fly... or it could be garden balsam. What colors are the flowers. and how tall is the plant?


Subject: RE: help needed to identify a plant!!
From: Barb
Zone: 5b
Date: 18-Mar-02 02:12 PM EST

Hi..are the seed pods black? If so..maybe sho -fly... or it could be garden balsam. What colors are the flowers. and how tall is the plant?


Subject: Dahlias
From: Judy
Zone: 5a
Date: 18-Mar-02 02:33 PM EST

I grow beautiful dahlia plants but as soon as the buds come out the earwigs eat them right off. Does anyone have a suggestion foe getting rid of the earwigs? I would love to grow some dinner plate dahlias this year. Thanks.


Subject: RE: help needed to identify a plant!!
From: Ann
Zone: 4b
Date: 19-Mar-02 07:27 PM EST

Lorraine, your plant could be from the creeping bellflower family, are the flowers a lilac-blue colour? If this sounds like it, my advice would be to contain it somewhere, they can be invasive in my area and the roots go to China. They make great cut flowers though and last for ages in water. So I grow mine across the road (I live in the country) they are spreading fast.


Subject: RE: help needed to identify a plant!!
From: marg
Zone: 5b
Date: 20-Mar-02 09:47 AM EST

Good morning Judy. If your dahlias are planted in containers, make sure the container is pulled away from anything earwigs can climb on ,walls or fence. Smearing the stems with vaseline (growers trick) also works, I've had success with that. You should also break off the bottom leaves as they create a 'ladder' for insects to climb up. These tricks can also be used for plants that are planted in the ground. Hope this helps. marg


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