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stuart and Codystuart and Cody South Wales ukPosts: 72
edited June 2018 in Plants
can anyone help me and my poor roses, i appear to have and infestation of greenfly on my large rose bush, i am constantly spraying with soapy water, literally daily and it appears to have no effect does any one have any pearls of wisdom. 

its odd as this is the only year i have had the problem. the bush has been here since i moved in 2 years ago, it's well established so they are not going to kill it but they are ruining its vigour and im losing patience... they are doing my nut in... they treat it like a bloody restaurant..! i've tried manually murdering them too they just keep coming.

HELP ME PLEASE.! 
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  • FireFire LondonPosts: 13,913
    That's because your garden is a bloody a restaurant.
  • Mary370Mary370 Limerick, Ireland Posts: 2,003
    I squish them.......or hose off with water if the plant is strong enough
  • stuart and Codystuart and Cody South Wales ukPosts: 72
    Mary370 said:
    I squish them.......or hose off with water if the plant is strong enough
    hose off is a good idea.! i never thought of that. thanks 
  • Blue OnionBlue Onion Posts: 2,898
    I blast them with the jet setting on the hose.  I've broken a branch or two of new growth doing it, so do b careful.  It does seem to reduce numbers.  
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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,318
    Hose them off ... and start feeding bluetits in that area, so they get used to using that part of 'your restaurant'. That way, in future years they and their fledglings will eat all the aphids your roses can supply. 
    That's what's happening here ... nod a greenfly to be seen but first thing in the morning the roses are swarming with baby bluetits and great tits.  :)
    I've not had to do anything about aphids, even hose them, for several years. 
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  • stuart and Codystuart and Cody South Wales ukPosts: 72
    Hose them off ... and start feeding bluetits in that area, so they get used to using that part of 'your restaurant'. That way, in future years they and their fledglings will eat all the aphids your roses can supply. 
    That's what's happening here ... nod a greenfly to be seen but first thing in the morning the roses are swarming with baby bluetits and great tits.  :)
    I've not had to do anything about aphids, even hose them, for several years. 
    this is an even better idea, groom some flying assassins.  we do get a lot of great tits in the back of our garden and i've researched that they love peanuts, not dry roasted or salted so i think i'm going to add a bird table right i the middle of my front garden. 

    thanks guys helpful as always. 
  • BijdezeeBijdezee BPosts: 1,484
    I wish all the great tits in my garden would get the message that they are supposed to eat the greenfly. I resorted to a green soap spray which seems to help. 
  • ANGELA144ANGELA144 Posts: 8
    I use Rose clear it is brilliant other than removing them with your thumb and fingers, I never fancy that
  • stewyfizzstewyfizz West BromwichPosts: 161
    I use the manual method, or i spray them with a solution made from water, a little washing up liquid and chopped chillies. Seems to work but dont ask me how!
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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,318
    ANGELA144 said:
    I use Rose clear it is brilliant other than removing them with your thumb and fingers, I never fancy that
    Rose clear is a systemic insecticide (and fungicide) and will kill all the insects on your roses including the ladybirds and lacewings and their larvae which would naturally be feeding on the aphids.  
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







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