|My favorite fellow flower rescuer in action|
|For you Grandma!|
|Whole plants in the background during this rescue trip|
On one of our visits to the flower graveyard we found hundreds of large gerbera daisy plants rooted in eight inch cubes of rock wool - a soilless growing medium that is used in the greenhouses. It turns out that there was an infestation of "leaf miners" in the greenhouse and the grower was purging his supply to get rid of them. Leaf miners are a nasty pest. I certain kind of fly lays its eggs in the leaf and the larvae that hatch then burrow their way around inside of the leaf until they grow large enough to emerge as adults and repeat the cycle. Many insecticides are useless against these pests because they are inside of the plant and not easily reached.
|Leaf miner damage|
|Strollers can be good flower rescue vehicles|
|Saved gerberas after the dead and insect infested leaves were removed|
|Happy transplanted gerberas on terraces in my backyard|
I love having the chance to teach my grand daughter about plants, and I'm happy that she thinks being a "flower rescuer" is cool. I'm enjoying that role as well.
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