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Problem & Solution
September/October 2016

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Mystery Bugs
Problem: I found these insects in my garden. Can someone there identify them? I tried Google Images, but it couldn’t identify them.


Colin Carlile

Solution: The first insect is a harlequin bug, the second is a flea beetle and the third is a southern green stink bug.

All three insects are destructive garden pests that should be controlled using an organic pesticide that is labeled for use on the plants you are growing. Early detection and control are the best approach. Always follow label direction.

Carrying over Tulips
Problem: Hello, I got some beautiful tulips for Easter. They bloomed for a long, long time.

After the blooms fell off, I let the leaves dry down. I emptied the flower pot the other day and I found that the bulbs were in good shape and they had little bulbs too.

Now how do I take care of these bulbs so that I can plant them again later, and when can I plant them, if it is feasible? Will they bloom again in the spring?

Irene Peterson

Solution: Some species of tulips will re-bloom naturally. I have seen them at The Natural Gardener in Austin. Your tulips are probably the kind that come from Holland and they are not adapted to our growing conditions. Left on their own, they will not re-bloom because they need more chilling hours than we have in most of Texas.

If you want to give it a try, you could store the bulbs in a cool, dry place until October-November. For example, you could put them in the vegetable bin of your refrigerator for 45 days (they need 45 days there at 45 degrees). Then you will be able to plant them where you wish.

Bulb I.D.
Problem: I enjoyed reading “In Greg’s Garden.” I wonder if you are familiar with the bulb I call “pasture lily”? It resembles most rainlilies, but the bloom lasts for three days, instead of the usual one. It is pink.

Also, I have an old rose that has an upright stem, stalks instead of branches. It is pink and very fragrant and extremely hardy. Can you identify it?

Ruth Fabian

Solution: I’m afraid I’ll need photos. A Cooperia is all I can think of for the first, as I don’t think we have any other native “pink” rainlilies. Not sure on the rose since there are so many different kinds, but I would be happy to take a look and try to identify with a picture. —Greg Grant