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Aphids particularly bad this year?

cairnsiecairnsie Posts: 388

My garden is really infested with them they have killed a few nasturtium seedlings that germinated, my cestrum tomentosum is covered top to bottom in them and they are all over my Californian poppy seedlings. Sprayed them all with soapy water that seems to have done the trick but am going to keep a good eye on them. Something's eating my clematis leaves and stems on the young ones and cant figure out what it is also.



  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 23,811

    What ate my young clematis, stems and leaves, were 5 snails image

    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • I have a large population of aphids on one of my pyracanthas, but I know it won't harm the shrub as it's huge. I watched a hoverfly zooming around today and picking them off for a tasty snack.. teehhee. I haven't noticed anymore than normal though, but I have used the soapy water on some smaller plants. I expect snails/slugs are to blame for the clematis like Busy-Lizzie.

    Just keep doing what your doing image

  • PerkiPerki Posts: 2,492

    I thought it was just me who had a infestation of aphids. 

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,864

    Perki, have a warm sudsy bath - that'll get rid of them............



    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • PerkiPerki Posts: 2,492

    image Hahaha not literally me infested with aphids 

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,417

    Can't say I've noticed any more than usual.

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • BiljeBilje Posts: 791

    Move a few miles to Washington Cairnsie, I haven't many aphids at all this year but far more ladybirds than ever. Instead of my feeders being filled with peanuts I've used sunflower hearts. Currently half price at Wilkinsons. This has seemed to attract a lot more tits and green finches so I assume the aphids are being pecked up too.

  • cairnsiecairnsie Posts: 388

    May have to try it out I have not spotted any ladybirds so far either

  • Could I just add to this thread my recipe for making a very good, organic & effective aphid killer?

    You'll need 1kg / 2.2lbs rhubarb leaves, 2 litres / 67 fl.oz water and a few drops of washing-up liquid.

    Place the rhubarb leaves into a large pot, add the water.

    Bring to the boil and then simmer for 20 minutes to half an hour.

    Strain off the leaves (and dispose with) allow the liquid to cool, then add a few drops of washing-up liquid.

    The solution should be diluted 1 part solution and 9 parts water; in other words, add 9 litres / 2.3 gallons water to create a spray.

    This spray should not be stored but should be used within 24 hours to achieve the best effectiveness.

  • BiljeBilje Posts: 791

    Blooming heck David that must deal with a massive infestation glad it's not my garden!  I like the idea of this type of natural spray but I'd need to scale it down a bit! I wonder how it works? 

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