Ecology in action for Dahlia production: Luring cucumber beetles and their predators

Farmer: Jessica Gale

Farm: Sweet Gale Gardens

Region: West

Publish Date: February 6, 2018

Article Type: Research Protocol

Research Priorities: Disease & Pest Control 

Dahlias are one of the top 5 crops of small scale flower farmers, focused on local markets. Dahlias, however, are a ephemeral crops that can be delicate and difficult to ship. They also face higher pest pressure than other flower crops, including common agricultural pests like tarnished plant bug, spotted cucumber beetle, and southern corn rootworm. The later is particularly damaging because many field grown dahlias begin blooming after many of the cucurbit crops (the insect’s preference) are more mature and less enticing to the pests.