Evaluating the use of flower strips in a biological and integrated pest control program at an ornamental nursery

Description

As part of an integrated pest control program, the company Les Serres Rosaire Pion & fils launched an innovative project on the use of flower strips in potted perennial production. A section of a single species of perennial sensitive to thrips damage (e.g., Hemerocallis Stella de Oro) was selected. Large containers of plant media measuring about 1 ft. by 5 ft. were seeded with plant species that attract natural enemies of thrips (especially the predatory bug Orius) such as certain species in the Aster family (e.g. calendula). A bed of the same perennial, located at least 50 m away, served as a control (without flower strips).

Objective(s)

  • Evaluate how well containerized flower strips attract natural enemies of thrips
  • Keep pest populations on potted perennials below the economic injury threshold and reduce pesticide use

From 2016 to 2017

Project duration

Pest, weed, and disease control

Service

This project will help reduce the use of insecticides.

Partners

Les Serres Rosaire Pion et Fils | Institut québécois du développement de l'horticulture ornementale | Ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation du Québec

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