WARNING re seed packet instructions

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    I was looking through my various packets of seeds & found an empty packet of McGregors swan plant seeds, dated ‘good for 2017’. I glanced at the instructions & was horrified to see the in following general care for seedlings:- ‘& protect from white butterfly with derris dust’

    Derris dust is a specific killer of caterpillars, so I can only imagine what it would do to our precious Monarch caterpillars

    This is an old packet, so I can only hope that this year’s packets of Swan Plant seeds do NOT have these instructions! Please can someone check – it will be about a week before I get near a garden centre

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    Hi Monkey

    Just checked on their website and it says:

    Seedling Care: Keeps seedbed evenly moist during the germination period of 14-21 days. Apply McGregor’s FruitMax 2 weeks after germination for healthier plants and a maximum crop. Protect your flower garden from snails and slugs with McGregor’s Snail and Slug bait and from White Butterfly with McGregor’s Derris Dust.

    It’s probably a generic warning (and of course they’d love to sell more Derris Dust). I will write to them suggesting they remove it. Meanwhile, don’t forget we sell seed off our website – and there’s a special offer coming your way soon too.

    Thanks Monkey for drawing this to our attention!

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