How To Grow Potatoes : How to Stop Potato Beetles

Hi! I’m Doug Smiddy with Smiddy’s Gardening
Services on behalf of Today we are going to talk about how to plant, grow
and harvest potatoes. In my hand, I have the enemy of a potato plant called the Colorado
Potato Beetle. These if left unchecked will destroy all your potatoes. It is amazing how
much these little guys can eat. So you want to go out to your garden not too long after
your plants come up and you really want to scout for them. Look on the side of the leaves
where they are going to lay these orange egg masses. It is a bright orange. You can’t miss
them. If you come across those, cut those branches off, get rid of them, throw them
in your garden. When those eggs hatch, they are going to turn in to a larvae which is
about third of the size and they are going to be that color of their head. You can see
kind of orangey, reddish kind of color. Those are the ones that are going to do a lot of
damage and the adults what they primarily do in addition to eating the leaves, are going
to lay eggs, million of them. So go out to your garden scout them early and take care
of them. Two or three times a week always worked for me and when you do find them, there
are two products you can use to take care of them besides some hand picking. One is
going to have a product BT which is bacillus trangitis naturally occurring. That would
be the active ingredient. I think it is sold under the trade name of potato beeter and
the other one is going to be spinosad which is a naturally occurring bacteria and it is
really affecting them with that disease and doesn’t make them sick. It is not a nasty
chemical. What we are going to do is just spray them with that stuff and in time it
is going to stop them right in their tracks and again no harsh chemicals. I don’t believe
using chemical on any food products and I have been using this stuff for years. I’ve
researched it. BT and spinosad is safe and it will take care of these little guys.

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20 thoughts on “How To Grow Potatoes : How to Stop Potato Beetles

  1. WTF? There are about 100 vids How To Grow Potatoes…who the hell out there is to dumb to plant a potatoe….

  2. There is BT that is Omri approved Organic that works well on the larvae. The adults do more damage than the larvae, he is wrong to my observations.

  3. No colarado beetles in the UK thank goodness, my problem is mostly slugs and snails! Some chickens living between your cops will kill most things naturally.

  4. I use a product called "Captain Jack's Dead Bug Brew". It's main active ingrediant is Spinosad.

    According to the little pamplet that comes attached to the bottle, It suggests the maximum number of application are 6 times per season. Further more, it suggests waiting a minimum of 7 days before re-applying. Finally, wait 7 days before harvesting since your last application.

    Once a week…I can deal with that.

  5. Be careful when using any pesticide and always use sparingly. BT is touted as natural and safe but can have adverse effects on beneficial insects as well. Make sure the BT you have purchased is for the specific insect you are trying to kill. BT is a bacteria and there have been numerous strains developed to destroy specific types of insects.

  6. Right! Just think of the wonderful things that was brought to the U.S. by the Europeans. Measles, scarlet fever, typhoid, typhus, influenza, pertussis (whooping cough), tuberculosis, cholera, diphtheria, chickenpox and sexually transmitted diseases as well as syphilis and more! Damn immigrants LOL


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