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Tue Feb 17, 2015, 01:23 PM

Homeowners planting flowers in their yards thinking they're saving bees

are basically planting poison plants.

Many of the plants you buy at Home Depot and Lowe's may be treated with bee-killing neonictinoids. Because there's no clear labeling, many good-intentioned gardeners end up poisoning the very bees they are trying to help! http://ow.ly/xakJk (*Home Depot has indicated it is working on safer alternatives, but Lowe's has not yet responded).

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elleng Feb 2015 OP
The Velveteen Ocelot Feb 2015 #1
CrispyQ Feb 2015 #2
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Response to elleng (Original post)

Tue Feb 17, 2015, 01:30 PM

1. This is an issue we have been trying very hard to inform people about

as part of the Master Gardener program in my area. And it's been fairly successful. Most of the local garden centers now either no longer sell neonicotinoid-treated plants at all or attach labels to the plants they grow themselves that they can guarantee neonics weren't used. But the big-box stores can't guarantee how their plants were grown so we advise people to get their plants from places that can.

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Response to elleng (Original post)

Tue Feb 17, 2015, 01:44 PM

2. Thank you for this.

Would love to have you post in GD for wider audience. I think it applies. ???

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Response to CrispyQ (Reply #2)

Tue Feb 17, 2015, 01:54 PM

3. OK,

Will do.

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Response to elleng (Original post)

Sat Feb 21, 2015, 03:54 PM

4. Are plants you grow yourself from seed safe?

 

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