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Mark from Denver writes

How often to apply Safari 20SG as a drench on potted gardenias to control mealy bugs?

These bushes are indoors for the winter


Safari 20SG Systemic Insecticide with Dinotefuran usually only needs to be applied once a year as a soil drench but it can be applied more often if needed as long as you do not go over the max rate per year listed on the product label.  Systemic products applied to the soil usually do not need to be applied more than 1-2 times per year though.  If you follow this link and scroll to page 10 of the Safari 20SG Systemic Insecticide Product Label , it has a chart and instructions for use in containerized plants. It goes over potted plants by size in inches rather than gallons so you will want to measure your plants and reference the chart for how much solution for your needs. Also be sure to bring the plants outside before treating until the soil dries, typically 4-6 hours

Answer last updated on: 11/17/2020

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