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A serious danger to bees

shllnzlshllnzl Southwestern UtahPosts: 1,402 ✭✭✭✭

Warning: I was just given a couple of lantana plants that were left over from a friend's yard. The plants were still in store pots. I noticed a plant marker in one of them that said you don't have to worry about aphids because the plant was pre-treated with neonicotinoids and the EPA says they are safe.

The label stuck to the side of the pot had a cancer warning at the bottom of it.

Alarm bells went off in my head: Here is a flowering plant that attracts, then kills bees!! (And possibly causes cancer to humans.)

I threw the plants in the garbage. I think she bought them at Walmart.



  • toreytorey Posts: 2,333 admin

    Good warning to everyone who might be purchasing some of those "factory" produced potted plants. Always best to find a local grower.

  • nksunshine27nksunshine27 IdahoPosts: 320 ✭✭✭

    @Lisa K yes i noticed that about Bonnie too. they have green houses right next to the snake river here in Idaho and now i noticed the miracle grow symbol on their sign.and they are supposed to be organic here

  • LaurieLovesLearningLaurieLovesLearning Moderator Manitoba, Canada 🍁 zone 3, PrairiesPosts: 3,384 admin

    It is like a lot of food products in stores. If you see a redesign of a package or a name change, quite often the product contains one or more new ingredients, and it usually is not a positive or healthy change.

  • kbmbillups1kbmbillups1 Posts: 436 ✭✭✭✭

    I have been buying my plants and veggies from a local grower's outlet for the last several years. But last year we were at Home Depot so I couldn't help but check out the plants in the garden center. I was shocked at how many of them were pre treated with neonicotinoids. I didn't buy any! But what upset me the most was how many people had their carts loaded with them! I think you have to be on one of these forums or into health or should I say alternative health to have even heard how detrimental neonicotinoids are.

  • Suburban PioneerSuburban Pioneer Posts: 193 ✭✭✭

    Hi, NK! I'm in Boise. I had NO idea Bonnie was anywhere around here! Where on the Snake are they located? I have purchased a few plants from them, but not very many. They feel a bit too "commercial" for me and I prefer the less run-of-the-mill varieties, anyway. MiracleGro does now have organic products, but my thought is that there are differences among different types of "organics". Some just don't seem to have what I would consider to be a true, living energy or the right "ethos". Is there a way to get up to the place and possibly take a tour? Do you know?

  • jodienancarrowjodienancarrow Mid North Coast AustraliaPosts: 705 admin

    @shllnzl good thing you got rid of them. Neonicotinoids last either 12 or 24 months. Badly effect pollinating insects and could cause hormonal disruption in humans and brain issues, especially babies. In Australia, lantana is a noxious weed, once it gets a hold it wipes out areas of bush, hard to get rid of as it grows anywhere, especially in inaccessible country, more so on the coast. Hard to believe pot plants are treated with the stuff. Wish the aphids would kill my lantana!

  • shllnzlshllnzl Southwestern UtahPosts: 1,402 ✭✭✭✭

    @jodienancarrow Lantana is one of the few plants that can survive our desert heat with flowers. Luckily I don't believe they are invasive here.

  • nksunshine27nksunshine27 IdahoPosts: 320 ✭✭✭

    @Suburban Pioneer sorry it didnt alert me that you had mentioned me in a comment. Bonnie is on hwy 78 close to givins hot springs. not exactly sure if they will let you do tours or not. since your not far from me we should get together some time and talk herbal stuff if your interested.

  • ltwickeyltwickey Posts: 239 ✭✭✭

    Thank you for the warning! I try to rely on local growers, but sometimes they don't have what I am looking for, especially since I move every 2-3 years.. Will watch the labels much more closely.

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